What is might hijack Google Chrome and replace its default search provider, start page, or new tab page. Our researchers at learned this could happen to users who download a suspicious browser add-on known as Convert My Files. Because of the described working manner, it falls under the classification of browser hijackers. Besides its ability to replace your preferred browser settings the threat might also show irritating pop-ups, banners, sponsored links, and other doubtful advertising material. Consequently, if you ever encounter this software, our researchers advise being cautious with it. In fact, we believe it is best not to waste any time with it and get rid of it at once. If you want to learn more about it, you should continue reading our report. Also, should you decide to take our advice and remove, do not forget to take a look at the manual deletion instructions we will leave at the end of the text.testtesttest

Where does come from?

It looks like so far works only on Google Chrome, and it is distributed with a browser add-on known as Convert My Files. Our researchers say users could find this plugin on Chrome Web Store Page ( Nonetheless, given so far there are only eight users (according to the information provided On Chrome Web Store page) we suspect the application could be spread through other channels as well. For example, the browser hijacker might be distributed through bundled software installers on various file-sharing web pages. In which case, it is possible some users may receive it without even realizing it if they do not pay a lot of attention to the installation process. Therefore, to avoid such threats the next time, we would recommend paying more attention to the reliability of the tools you wish to install and stay away from torrent and other untrustworthy file-sharing networks.

How does work?

As said earlier the browser hijacker comes with a browser add-on titled Convert My Files. Once it gets installed, the affected browser may start loading each time it gets launched, when you start a new search or open a new tab. We believe this way the software’s creators are trying to ensure the user will surf the Internet through this browser. The reason for it could be to collect more money from user’s clicked ads. As you see, the application’s End User License Agreement and Privacy Policy documents claim the tool could collect user’s information, and since upon installation the add-on asks a permission to “Add and change all your data on the websites you visit;” there is a chance it might need this to inject the web pages the user visits with advertisements from various third parties. The bad news is, it does not seem to be there are any guarantees such content could be trusted. We do not say it will necessarily be potentially malicious, but there is a chance it might, and if you do not want to risk encountering it we advise you not to use and remove the plugin it comes with.

How to erase

One of the methods to get rid of is to eliminate the add-on it came with and delete particular browser files it might have modified. If you need any help with this task, you can follow the instructions located below; they will explain the whole process bit by bit. Another way to remove the browser hijacker and the plugin it was installed with is to choose a legitimate antimalware tool and do a full system scan. During it, all potential threats should be identified, and after the scan, the security tool should let you erase them all at the same time.

Remove from Google Chrome

  1. Launch File Explorer (Windows key+E).
  2. Locate these two specific directories:
    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions
  3. Find directories called clhkbldihegalmdahapgmhdfpdkbjghb.
  4. Right-click the mentioned folders and press Delete.
  5. Search for the following path: C:\Users\{Username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  6. Find data named as Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
  7. Right-click these files separately and select Delete.
  8. Close the Explorer.
  9. Empty your Recycle Bin. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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