SearchConverterHD is an extension that Google Chrome users can download for free. Because it promises to help convert files and currency for free, many might choose to install the extension without taking a good look at it, and, of course, that is a mistake. If you have downloaded the add-on already, you need to think about how you did it. At the time of research, this PUP (potentially unwanted program) was not introduced in an official way, and the Chrome Web Store did not offer its installer either. Perhaps an official installer existed in the past but has been taken down since. Maybe you downloaded the extension using a bundle downloader, and you found it attached along with other extensions or applications. If that is what happened, you must install a trusted malware scanner because you want all additional programs inspected. Needless to say, all threats must be removed. Of course, in this report, we focus on deleting SearchConverterHD.
Since a legitimate installer did not exist at the time of research, it is hard to say how SearchConverterHD was promoted, but judging by the name, it might have been introduced as a search tool that can convert files. It is how the PUP works on the surface, but the reliability of the provided services is questionable. After installation, the default search provider is changed to feed.search-converterhd.com, and portal.search-converterhd.com is set to show up as the New Tab page. The interface of the portal page displays a collapsible menu that offers a free file converter, a free currency converter, a free cryptocurrency converter, and a free calculator. The menu also allows adding favorite sites for easy access. If you only look at the surface, SearchConverterHD looks decent. However, if you start digging deeper, you are likely to discover that this extension is much more suspicious than it might appear to be right off the bat.
If you have interacted with the SearchConverterHD search tool, you know that it redirects to Yahoo Search, which, of course, is a very popular search provider. That is exactly why the creator of the PUP has chosen to use it for web browsing. You are likely to trust the results that are shown to you, but be aware that they could be modified to inject advertisements and sponsored links. After all, SearchConverterHD is free, and its creator has to earn money somehow. It is also possible that it could be earned by sharing information about you and your browsing habits. According to our researchers, web cookies could be placed to track this info. Perhaps the strangest thing about the PUP is that it has multiple clones, including SearchOpedia, Rolling Search, and Sealoid. They all look the same. They all work the same. They all redirect to Yahoo Search. Do you really think that the creator of these extensions would bother introducing Chrome users to the search engine and a few desirable tools over and over again just for fun? No, this is done to expand an advertising platform.
Removing SearchConverterHD is not troublesome. You can follow the instructions below, and you will have the unwanted extension erased from your browser manually. If you follow the steps after that, you will also get rid of cookies and clear cache, which is something we recommend doing if you want to clear your browser from any data-trackers and traces of the PUP. Without a doubt, if the extension was installed along with other add-ons or programs, you might benefit from employing an automated anti-malware program. If you install a trusted program, it should be able to delete SearchConverterHD along with all other threats automatically. Another reason to install this program is to have the operating system and browsers protected from all kinds of threats that could slither in if security cracks were left unguarded.