If you find various pop-up ads and the process ConvertAd.exe running on your PC, it means that your computer is afflicted by ConvertAd. The application used to be available at convertad.com; moreover, it is known to have been distributed alongside VuuPC. If you have this adware program, it is very likely that all your browsers are affected, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It is highly advisable to remove ConvertAd from the computer because it is not liable for the content of the ads and the websites to which they are associated.
ConvertAd displays advertisements on shopping websites, including Amazon, Ebay, and Walmart. The most common advertisements displayed by the application are web banners and pop-up advertisements. You may be invited to update or install Flash Player, visit some other shopping website, or take part in a survey in order to get a change to enter sweepstakes. ConvertAd may promote famous brands and websites; however, unreliable websites may also be promoted. It is crucial that you not reveal your personal information on the websites that you do not know. If you are offered a chance to win some prize, first find out how the information that you provide is going to be dealt with. Another important thing is that you should not download computer applications which you have never heard of or which have poor ratings. Bear in mind that adware programs may provide you with advertisements promoting counterfeit programs, so the more cautious you are, the better.
ConvertAd may also monitor how you browse the Internet. It may record your search terms, clicks, the information on the advertisements that you click on, the technical characteristics of the operating system, and some other anonymous information. Such details are usually used for various purposes. Moreover, the information may also be shared with the partners of ConvertAd, which may result in an avalanche of new targeted advertisements; hence, do not hesitate to remove ConvertAd once you find that the system is afflicted.
The removal of the adware program should be performed by a spyware removal tool, especially if no security tool is present on the PC. However, you may also try removing ConvertAd manually. Below you will find our step-by-step removal guide which should help you uninstall the unwanted application. If you find that the instructions are insufficient, open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and end the process of the malicious application. Having completed the removal, do not forget to scan the computer with a powerful scanner.
Windows Vista and Windows 7
Having finished the removal of the unwanted application, do not forget to scan the computer.