My Quick Converter might be the reason why your browser is loading search.hmyquickconverter.com instead of its usual start page or new tab page. Our specialists say the threat falls under the classification of browser hijackers. Usually, such applications are not harmful on their own, but they can display advertisements containing links to unreliable or malicious web pages. Thus, users should keep it in mind it could be dangerous to interact with such ads. In order to avoid the risk of coming across malicious advertisements, researchers who tested My Quick Converter are recommending its removal. Of course, users who want to know more about the browser hijacker before erasing it could read this report first. Then should you choose to eliminate it, we can offer our recommended deletion steps located at the end of this report.
So far it is not known how exactly My Quick Converter is spread, but we may list a few possible options. To begin with, the browser hijacker could be advertised via annoying pop-up advertisements. In which case, we would recommend checking the system for adware, potentially unwanted programs, or other doubtful software because often such ads are displayed by a similar threat. Moreover, the application could be traveling with bundled setup files offered through torrent and other P2P file-sharing networks. Those who might have downloaded this unreliable program this way should read the terms located on every application’s configuration wizard more carefully. Plus, it would be smarted to download software from legitimate sources and not web pages offering pirated software, suspicious freeware, etc.
Furthermore, if My Quick Converter manages to settle in it might alter some data belonging to the hijacked browser. At the moment of writing, it is known the threat could work on the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer browsers. For example, if you had Mozilla Firefox, the threat could alter a file called prefs.js and located in the %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\* directory. On this file, there is one line that determines user's homepage, and after the application modifies it, the line may look similar to this “user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://search.hmyquickconverter.com/).” As a consequence, the hijacked Mozilla Firefox should redirect the user to search.hmyquickconverter.com every time he opens it.
Just as we mentioned earlier, searching the Internet with search.hmyquickconverter.com could be a bad idea. For example, while doing so, the browser hijacker might display advertisements from its third-party partners. These ads could be not just annoying, but also harmful. That is because they may come from various sources and we do not think My Quick Converter’s developers review them to make sure they are safe to interact with. What we mean is there might be a chance maybe not all but a part of displayed advertisements could originate from dangerous websites, e.g., sites distributing malware, trying to trick you into revealing sensitive data, and so on.
Our researchers cannot be one hundred percent sure anything bad will happen, but there is a chance it might and given My Quick Converter is rather useless we advise you not to take it. If you feel up to the task, we offer our recommended deletion instructions that will show how to erase the browser hijacker manually. Another way to get rid of the application is to check the computer with a reliable security tool, and once it finishes detecting threats, you could remove all of them at the same time.