Do you know what ConvertoWiz is?
If you are looking for a free file converter, ConvertoWiz might be an extension you come across. This extension is offered to Google Chrome users only, and they can download it from the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/convertowiz/ffmnloealihfajgcecbndhaehbhcdelf). This, right now, is the only legitimate source, as the official website – install.convertowiz.com – does not offer a working installer. There is also a possibility that the PUP (potentially unwanted program) is spread by third-party installers along with other questionable extensions or programs. If that is how the add-on was installed on your browser too, you should scan your operating system before you move on. Hopefully, you do not need to worry about the removal of anything else, but if you do, do not forget about it. In this report, we only discuss how to delete ConvertoWiz.
Although the appeal of ConvertoWiz is pretty obvious, after all, it does offer to convert files to PDF for free, there really is no point in installing it. That is because it promotes portal.convertowiz.com, and you can access this website without an extension. If you download the PUP, you will need to type “pdf” into the address bar and then tap tab/space key on the keyboard to access the website. Obviously, that does not make much sense. The reality is that the creator of ConvertoWiz did not create it just for the purpose of converting files. This potentially unwanted program also can track information, share it with undisclosed third parties, redirect you to a different search engine, and showcase ads along with normal results. This is another reason to remove this PUP because it is clear that it was not created just to help you convert files.
You might not realize it right away, but ConvertoWiz can corrupt your default search provider. The installer on the Chrome web store informs that the search settings would be adjusted, but if you do not pay attention to that, you might be confused. Also, the default search provider is meant to give you access to the converter when you type “pdf” and tap tab/space key, and so you might not even realize that your regular search provider is actually replaced with feed.convertowiz.com. Furthermore, you will not be shown search results via this engine. Instead, you will be redirected to Yahoo Search, and the results will be modified to showcase links that might promote advertisements and third-party services. This is deceptive because Yahoo Search is generally regarded as a reliable search tool, and that is another reason to remove ConvertoWiz.ConvertoWiz screenshot
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Overall, you have plenty of reasons to delete ConvertoWiz from your Chrome web browser, and so we suggest that you waste no time to take care of that. Of course, if the scanner has informed you about other threats, you need to take them into account as well. Can you delete all of them one by one, or should you use the help of anti-malware software? Because this software can eliminate all threats (even the ones you might mistake for genuine and harmless programs), and it can ensure that malware and PUPs cannot enter your operating system in the future, we strongly recommend installing it. If you would like more information before you proceed, post a comment with your questions below.
Delete ConvertoWiz from Google Chrome
- Launch the browser.
- Enter chrome://extensions/ into the address bar.
- Remove the unwanted extensions.
- Enter chrome://settings/clearBrowserData into the address bar.
- Select the time range, check the boxes, and click Clear data.
In non-techie terms:
ConvertoWiz should be useful, but it simply redirects to portal.convertowiz.com, which you can access without extensions via your web browser. If you download the extension, it will redirect you to a third-party search engine without your permission, and it will show you modified results to advertise third-party links. On top of that, the potentially unwanted program can collect and share information, which you should avoid at all cost. If we have convinced you that you should remove ConvertoWiz from your browser, you have to figure out which method of removal you will go with. If other threats exist, install anti-malware software without any hesitation. If you are dealing with the PUP alone, follow the instructions available above, but do not forget that your system must be secured sooner than later.