If you need to convert files, you have to be cautious about the services you use. The services offered by Best File Converter are not trustworthy. Although the extension can be downloaded for free onto Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer browser, it does not convert files. Instead, it presents a link to websites where you can convert files. At the time of research, the PUP (potentially unwanted program) linked to allfilesconverter.com and freepdfconvert.com. These links are presented via the search.hbestfileconverter.com search tool. You cannot escape it, and it is always set as the New Tab page, regardless of which browser you use. According to our researchers, it could also take over the homepage on some web browsers. All in all, regardless of how your browser is corrupted, we strongly advise deleting Best File Converter from your system. If you remove this PUP, the hijacker will be eliminated at the same time.
It is possible that you downloaded Best File Converter from bestfileconverter.com, which is the official website. Of course, if you run Google Chrome, you must have been routed to the installer on the Chrome web store page (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/best-file-converter/dcicafbbenkgkmnoacanhoafkijnlmam). If neither of these sources was used, the chances are that you downloaded the PUP using a third-party installer. If that has happened, we strongly recommend installing a legitimate malware scanner to examine your operating system and web browsers. The tool will determine quickly if there are any threats besides Best File Converter that require removal. Without a doubt, you should not postpone the elimination of malware or other PUPs because your virtual security could be put at risk. This is why we recommend deleting the PUP as soon as possible as well. Even though it seems to work in a harmless manner, it can track and leak information silently. As soon as it is installed, it employs data-tracking tools to record browsing history, and this information can then be shared with advertisers and other kinds of third parties.
Do you know why Best File Converter works with advertisers? Even though it does not display banners or pop-up advertisements, it can expose you to ads via its search. While the interface of search.hbestfileconverter.com displays easy access links to file conversion-related sites, it also displays a search field. When you enter keywords into it, the hijacker redirects you to Yahoo Search. You might think that you are seeing reliable search results, but, in reality, Best File Converter can modify them, and ads could be included. Since we know nothing about the advertisers and other parties that the PUP’s creator is working with, we cannot know if the content injected into Yahoo Search results can be trusted. Without a doubt, that might put you at risk. That is also the main reason why you cannot trust Search.hcrimereport.co, Search.terraarcade.com, Search.searchjsmtmp.com, and all other hijackers created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. Note that these hijackers are always attached to potentially unwanted programs, and if you ever need to delete them, get rid of the PUPs first.
If you follow these guides, you should be able to remove Best File Converter and search.hbestfileconverter.com all on your own. We also recommend clearing browsing data to ensure that data tracking tools do not stay behind to collect information about you and spy on you. This option, of course, is not ideal if other threats exist. Unless you know for a fact that you can find and delete every single one of them yourself, install anti-malware software to clean your operating system and browsers. You also need to remember that your operating system will remain just as vulnerable as it was before the invasion of the PUP. If you want to secure it against PUPs and more dangerous threats, installing anti-malware software is the most logical solution. In case you have questions about the suspicious extension or you want our advice on virtual security overall, leave a comment below.