You might think that you can use SearchConverters to convert files, but that is just an illusion that you might have created for yourself after glancing at the name of the extension. Just like the official names of StreamBrosSearch, BestPDFSearch, ConverterzSearch, and numerous other extensions, the name of this PUP (potentially unwanted program) is meaningless as well. By the way, all of these extensions are part of the same family, and they have identical interfaces. They function the same too. All of these PUPs have search engines that offer a file converter, a currency converter, and a calculator. The extension that we are discussing in this report can be associated with portal.search-converters.com. That being said, if you install the extensions, they do not present the associated search engines in any way. Instead, they change default search settings on Google Chrome, and many users pay no attention to that, given that PUPs promise to offer optimized search services. Well, this is exactly why we recommend deleting SearchConverters.
The portal.search-converters.com page associated with SearchConverters does not offer an installer. An official download website has not been created either. The only platform that this PUP appears to be represented by in a transparent manner is the Chrome Web Store, and you can locate the installer at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/searchconverters/gfobmhdnbhffpacjhoppkgmadopigcfe. Is this where you got the extension from? If it is not, perhaps you were exposed to the PUP by an unreliable downloader. Therefore, we recommend scanning the operating system right now. This is important because you want to check whether or not there are other threats or PUPs that you need to pay attention to. What should you do if other threats are found? You should check quickly how dangerous they are. Obviously, if they are more dangerous, you can postpone the removal of SearchConverters for a moment. Of course, this applies only if you are interested in deleting every single threat manually. If you want to have all threats deleted automatically, anti-malware software is what you want to employ.
When we analyzed SearchConverters, the only noticeable change that it introduced was a default search provider replacement. After installation, feed.search-converters.com is set as the new search provider, and if you are used to searching the web via the address bar, all of your searches are taken through this engine. SearchConverters does not show original results. Instead, it redirects to search.yahoo.com. Of course, if you are used to using Yahoo Search, you might not notice a change at all. However, a change exists. The PUP modifies the results that are delivered to you. How are these results modified? Unfortunately, that is done by injecting sponsored links from unknown third parties. These third parties might have access to information that is gathered by looking at your browsing history and that is collected by the web cookies. Basically, the parties might have power to design ads that are personally attractive to you. Unfortunately, we doubt that it is safe to interact with these ads even if they look intriguing.
If you do not have loads of experience with potentially unwanted programs and extensions, you might think that removing SearchConverters is a challenge that you need to prepare for. The good news is that that is not the case. All you have to do is take in a deep breath and follow the steps shown below. Of course, our manual SearchConverters removal guide was created to assist those who want to get rid of this PUP specifically. If you have other suspicious extensions or applications installed, you might need to approach them differently, which is why we do not recommend deleting multiple threats manually. Instead, you should implement anti-malware software that can eliminate it automatically. You should have this software installed anyway if you want reliable, full-time protection for your operating system, and so this might be the perfect time to install it. If you have other questions, we are happy to answer them in the comments section.