Do you know what ConvertDocsOnline Toolbar is?
ConvertDocsOnline Toolbar may appear as your home page, new tab, and may also change the default search engine settings in your most popular browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. While this tool may not mean direct danger to your system or to your files, it certainly may introduce you to questionable third-party content that might harm you indirectly. This is exactly why our researchers have labeled this browser extension as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). As a matter of fact, this PUP is nothing new really since it is simply a newcomer in the now infamous Mindspark family created by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. This huge family of bad toolbars also include Formfetcherpro Toolbar, GifsGalore Toolbar, and NewNoteCenter Toolbar. These all may seem to be useful at first sight; however, when carefully tested in our internal lab, they all turn out to be potentially unwanted and risky. This PUP may also infiltrate your computer in the company of malicious software installers, which can put your system at direct risk. No wonder why our researchers believe that it is best for you to remove ConvertDocsOnline Toolbar however useful or innocent it may appear to be.
There are basically two official channels through which you can install this PUP directly. First, its promotional page at free.convertdocsonline.com, which is the usual very simple page with limited information about this tool. Second, the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/convertdocsonline/pebplbnpogfdllkijjlabbjbbngdadjl. Although the numbers on this page show a great number of installations in a relatively short time, we do not believe that these are all satisfied users since no one has left any reviews at all. Also, we have found other alternative channels for this tool to spread.ConvertDocsOnline Toolbar screenshot
Scroll down for full removal instructions
The real bad news here is that this PUP can drop even without your noticing it if you install it by clicking on unsafe third-party pop-up ads. You may see such a pop-up when, for example, viewing an online movie streaming site -- or at least it may claim to be one -- and you click on a movie to play. This pop-up may inform you that you need the latest Flash driver to be able to see this movie. This is the point of no return because once you click OK or Install, you may be taken to a malicious page that poses as a legitimate Flash installer page but it will either install this PUP in the background or drop a full bundle of threats containing this PUP as well. But it is also possible that you download free programs from the wrong source like suspicious torrent or freeware pages, and this is how you drop a malicious bundle onto your system. Such a bundle may carry all kinds of threats, such as browser hijackers, Trojans, fake alerts, adware programs, and, of course, PUPs. If you want to save yourself from future headaches, you should delete ConvertDocsOnline Toolbar right now and then, scan your system with a reliable malware scanner so that you can address all the other possible issues as well.
This PUP offers you a couple of easy access third-party pages that can convert your files. These links can be found on the usual and characteristic toolbar and in the form of thumbnail links as well below the main search box. These converters support the following formats: .doc, .docx, .mobi, .lrf, .epub,.azw3, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, .odt, .ps, .gif, .png, .svg, .tif. This means that you can convert documents and images as well. These functions seem to work totally fine. Nevertheless, this PUP also introduces its web search feature that is done through a questionable search engine called search.myway.com. This PUP can collect information about your online activities and use this to promote affiliates that you may find relevant or interesting. This is done through modified Google search results since finding yourself on a Google page would give you a sense of trust. However, clicking on unreliable ads and links could cause further virtual security issues for you. You could be scammed by criminals on malicious pages where you could be redirected by unreliable content or you could also download infections in the background. This is why we suggest that you remove ConvertDocsOnline Toolbar from your computer.
In order to get rid of this useless PUP, you need to do two things. First, if it has been installed in your Internet Explorer browser, you need to find the uninstaller in the list of installed programs in Control Panel and use it. Second, you need to reset your other browsers to make sure that no browser-related threats remain in them. Please follow our guide below to get all this done in a matter of a few minutes. If you would like to have proper protection now for your PC, we recommend that you install a trustworthy malware removal program like SpyHunter to automatically take care of all known and identified malicious threats.
Remove ConvertDocsOnline Toolbar from Internet Explorer
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
- Tap Win+R and enter control panel in the field. Press OK.
- Open Uninstall a program.
- Select the application and press Uninstall.
- Open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the application and press Remove.
Reset the other browsers
- Tap Alt+H and go to Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox.
- Click Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window.
- Tap Alt+F and navigate to Settings.
- Scroll down and click Advanced.
- Scroll down again and click Reset.
- In the confirmation window, press Reset.
In non-techie terms:
ConvertDocsOnline Toolbar is yet another cheap try from Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. to make some easy money via promoting affiliates by modified search results disguised as a featured website. This potentially unwanted program features document conversion quick links, which actually work just fine. However, why would use a questionable tool for storing useful pages on a toolbar when you can always use the bookmarking function of your browsers to do the same but all safely? This is the first thing to consider about such a useless tool. Then, there is the fact that it promotes a potentially risky search engine (search.myway.com) that can show you altered Google search results, which means that you may be presented with unreliable third-party ads and sponsored content. Clicking on these could cause you all kinds of system security-related issues. This extension can also show up on your system in questionable ways that may indicate that there could be more serious threats around in the form of malware infections. All in all, we recommend that you remove ConvertDocsOnline Toolbar right now as a potentially unwanted program. If you would like to protect your machine from future threats, you may want to install a decent up-to-date anti-malware program.