How to remove (uninstall) FileConvertor

Do you notice annoying advertising links in the browser, tagged as “ads by FileConvertor”? Do you see the occurrence of FileConvertor anywhere else on your device? If something alike happened in later days – your computer is infested with an advertising utility, and our entry can help you to remove it.

FileConvertor

What is FileConvertor

Right after the infection, FileConvertor switches the controls of your browser. That's its only function, as the main role in this system is left for the “better search” to which you get redirected. So, the virus changes the default start page, as well as the default search and puts the fake search in their place. After that you can't use the reliable Yahoo, Google, Bing or any other search you're used to – you will browse the Web through the low-quality FileConvertor tool, giving away pop-ups ads fake websites of all forms and sizes. One more FileConvertor's goal is to spoil the controls of browser shortcuts in a way that in case you return the default settings, you will see the fraud search system in a first tab.

FileConvertor cannot be uninstalled as a regular program, and if the user attempts to do it - the adware will come back. It happens thanks to the adware’s defensive mechanisms, and we will define their essence:

  • The most common manner of security is to make a system task on the recovery of FileConvertor after its removal. Scheduled tasks are not often used by common PC users, so FileConvertor simply develops a task to see if it’s installed, and if it isn't – to download and set it again. That task is being run after each reboot, and that’s why FileConvertor is so difficult to remove.
  • Another technique is similar to the first one, but it utilizes the system registry and not the Scheduled Tasks service. Fraudsters make a new string to system's registry and you have to detect and erase it, which might be difficult. All other registry items are highly important, and by deleting any of them, you might cause significant damage to the system.

The virus that generates ads is called FileConvertor, and it is an advertising tool. FileConvertor can't do anything helpful, as it was made to do one thing: to drive you crazy. We're joking, the mad-driving stuff is not its direct aim, but you'll be mad anyway while adware does what it does – displays the advertising content. Right after the penetration, it modifies the browser settings and delivers you tons of pop-ups, to ensure that they've attracted your attention. Adware owners earn a little money for each click you’ve made, so you can realize why the links appear again and again: it’s a gold mine. In the sections below, we’ll explain in which way adware infected the PC and how you can defend it against similar threats. If you know all you need on that topic and simply want to uninstall the virus one way or another – ignore the other parts and go to the removal tips.

 

How FileConvertor was installed in the system

FileConvertor

To clarify the things a bit, we will depict the whole story from the start. The vast majority of the advertising tools are copies of each other, duplicated millions of times and sold to different scammers with minor changes made. Some bad guys bought this particular copy in the Dark Web, tuned it and put it on file-exchanging sites around the Net. That’s where you found it, right? Wait, you're saying that you haven't searched for adware to irritate you? Or, you needed some recipe to damage your PC, and received a direct link to FileConvertor download? Still no? Okay, then, it was another tool that is really useful. Sort of a gratis tool created by a not-so-famous developer, or a hacked copy of some well-known utility you aren't going to buy.

This way is called “affiliate installation”, and it means that scammers are combining the installation files of several viruses and one useful utility to create one file. The bottom point of this bundle is that it’s called by the name of a helpful utility, and a user cannot discover what’s in there until the installation starts. On one of the middle stages, they show an offer to get more utilities, with the required fields filled and the easiest decision is to get them and move forward. We suppose that you proceeded, as you're reading this guide. There's also a manner, with the “installation ways”. In most cases, the installation for practiced customers provides you with the possibility to pick a folder for a utility to be established, which extra programs do you need, and which ones are useless. In case of FileConvertor, if you clicked the easy installation, you allow all the garbage from the package into your computer.

Methods to remove FileConvertor

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove FileConvertor manually

Step 1. Uninstall FileConvertor from the operation system

Step 2. Remove FileConvertor from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you know what FileConvertor is, and you know in which way it infected the computer. We’ve defined almost everything, besides the most important thing: how you can eliminate this adware. Here we go. You can delete FileConvertor through following two simple manners. One of them is what you have already tried to perform – by-hand elimination. We know a proper manner to do that, and under this part, you will find the tips on by-hand elimination. The significant disadvantage is that you can’t erase many advertising programs through it as it will require many hours to do. We suggest to you the easier way: you might fully uninstall the adware in 10 minutes with the help of Spyhunter AntiMalware. It has a lot of pluses, including 24/7 user support, rapid operation, the compatibility with other antiviral programs and wide signature database. Don’t waste your time, trying to guard the device with free tools – switch to the genuine anti-viral tool. Click the button below to download an unpaid scanner.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall FileConvertor from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select FileConvertor and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\FileConvertor
  • C:\ProgramData\FileConvertor
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\FileConvertor

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "FileConvertor" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select FileConvertor and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete FileConvertor from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select FileConvertor and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove FileConvertor from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove FileConvertor

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove FileConvertor

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove FileConvertor

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose FileConvertor and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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