Do not expect for TheConverterSearch to provide you with a converter. This Google Chrome-compatible extension can provide you with one thing only, and that is an unreliable search tool. What about the converter represented via portal.theconvertersearch.com? Perhaps you can use this converter, but we cannot guarantee that that is safe to do. Also, know that it is not integrated into the extension. Our research has thoroughly inspected the extension, and, at the time of research, all it could do was change the default search provider to feed.theconvertersearch.com. Some people might not even notice this change, and we discuss that further in our report. We also discuss how to delete TheConverterSearch from Google Chrome because that is what we recommend doing. Keep reading to learn all about the removal process, and do not forget that you can reach us with any questions via the comments section.
Perhaps you found TheConverterSearch on install.theconvertersearch.com or get.theconvertersearch.com, but it is most likely that you downloaded this suspicious extension from the Chrome Web Store (installer at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/theconvertersearch/pancnbemlcflankemlppnbaoceipilla). We think that it is suspicious because it does not seem to offer anything useful, but thousands of people have it installed on their browsers. Is the installer packed with something else? Are Chrome users forced or tricked into installing it? Whatever the case might be, it is surprising that so many people end up installing it or any of its clones, such as AllConvertersSearches, SearchTheConverter, or PDFSearchio. As you can see, the names of these extensions all point to file converting, but none of them actually offer the service. Instead, they all change default search providers and place data-tracking cookies to collect information about users. Both personal and non-personal information can be collected and shared, which is a red flag.
It is most likely that TheConverterSearch collects information so that it could help unknown parties place more attractive links along with normal search results. Unfortunately, feed.theconvertersearch.com uses Yahoo Search (search.yahoo.com) to show these results, and those who use this search tool normally might not notice anything unusual. That is how the PUP (potentially unwanted program) can trick you into clicking on ads and sponsored links. Even if they correspond to your search queries or browsing history – which the PUP can read – interacting with the sponsored links is risky, and we suggest that you not do it. If you have interacted with strange links, do you remember installing unfamiliar files/extensions/programs? Do you remember accepting cookies or push notifications? Do you remember entering personal information into some online form? Hopefully, you are safe, but if you have to take steps to protect yourself (e.g., delete something or disable push notifications), you want to do it now.
Our team of experts recommends removing TheConverterSearch from your Google Chrome browser. Do not worry about the process because it is very straightforward, and the guide below is very easy to follow. You can follow the first three steps to get rid of the PUP, and the last three steps show how to clear browsing data. You can skip them if you want to, but we recommend clearing browsing data to get rid of any data-tracking web cookies as well as clear cache and browsing history. Note that you can select a time range before clearing data to only clear some of it or all of it. Another method you should think about is the automated removal, and you can employ anti-malware software to delete TheConverterSearch. This is the method we recommend choosing especially if you find other threats and if you are interested in keeping your system protected against all PUPs and malware in the future.