Youtubeconverter.io Redirect Removal

George Herman
George Herman
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What is Youtubeconverter.io

Youtubeconverter.io is a website, connected to an application from the PUA (Potentially Unwanted Applications) category. This app is promoted as useful, and will supposedly help you convert a YouTube video onto an audio file for free. In reality, this app will flood your browser will all sorts of intrusive advertisements, cause multiple questionable redirects, as well as monitor your online activity.

How it is distributed

The main distribution methods this PUA uses are software bundles, freeware, shady third-party websites and misleading ads. In most cases, the user unknowingly installs this unreliable app. This can happen when they don’t pay close attention to the installation process, during which the installer may propose additional software. Unless the user doesn’t specifically opt out of the additional installations, they will automatically get access to the computer without their knowledge.

How it operates

After a successful installation, this parasite will perform various malicious actions. It can use cookies to track your online activities like visited sites, search results and bookmarks. It can even change the content you see on a website, so you see what it wants you to see. You will be redirected to unreliable third-party websites, and get flooded with numerous aggressive advertisements. The main purpose of the ads this parasite produces, is to generate revenue through the pay-per-click scheme. And, to make sure its mission is successful, the PUA will use the obtained web data, to better customize the sponsored content you see. You need to be very careful, since these ads will most likely redirect you to potentially harmful websites, which seek to steal more sensitive information like your passwords, IP addresses, GPS coordinates, credit card numbers, etc. On top of that, the presence of the Youtubeconverter.io PUA will prove to be very damaging to your browser, which will soon become unresponsive to your actions due to the aggressive ad attacks it faces. If you want to protect your privacy and regain control over your browser, you need to remove this nasty parasite from your Mac as soon as possible!

Staying safe from Youtubeconverter.io

Apart from having a reliable AV software installed on your Mac, there are other things you can do to ensure your device’s safety. We highly recommend you to:

  • Pay close attention when you install third-party software, especially torrent files, so you don’t install shady additional applications that you don’t want. In most cases, that’s how malicious parasites are able to infect your computer;
  • Read any Terms and Conditions you see, so you know exactly what you agree to. The last thing you want is to unknowingly give permission to a nasty virus to infiltrate your Mac;
  • Follow links that lead to trustworthy sites only;
  • It is best to visit only reliable and official websites. You never know what dangers might lurk behind an unfamiliar site;
  • No matter how attractive an ad is, if you are not familiar with the website it redirects to, it might be best to steer clear of it and not click;
  • Always check the sender’s email address before opening a message. If it states that it’s from an official company, compare the email with the one given in their official page. If there is no match, delete the message, since it most likely is fake and has malicious aims;
  • Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. More often than not, such files carry infections that can seriously damage your computer.

How to manually remove Youtubeconverter.io Redirect from Mac

If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Youtubeconverter.io PUA, the instructions below can help you to remove it manually. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Go to Utilities. You can do that by using the ⇧+⌘+U key combination, or by going to Finder and choosing Utilities from the Go main menu at the top.

2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it.

3. A list will be displayed. Find any processes that seem suspicious to you and use the ‘Force Quit‘ option to quit them completely.

4. Open Finder. Click on the Go button from the main menu at the top, and choose Applications. An alternative way is to use the ⇧+⌘+A key combination.

5. Look for any suspicious applications, especially ones with a name similar to Youtubeconverter.io. If any are found, right-click on them and select the ‘Move to Trash‘ option.

6. Remove any related left-over files by going to Finder‘s search bar and typing the name of the app you want to remove. Make sure to modify the two drop down menus above to ‘System Files‘ and ‘Are Included‘, so that any hidden files are visible for you to remove. Once you find the files you want to remove, simply drag them to Trash.

7. All that’s left for you to do is remove any related extensions to Youtubeconverter.io from your Mac browsers.

For Mozilla Firefox extensions:

  • Open the Firefox browser and from the ‘burger’ menu in the top right corner of the window select ‘Add-ons’.
  • Select any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and click ‘Remove’.

For Google Chrome extensions:

  • Open the Chrome browser and select Tools > Extensions from the menu (the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window).
  • Locate any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and remove them.

For Safari extensions:

  • Open the Safari browser. From the Safari menu choose Preferences. Select Extensions from the options at the top.
  • Find any extensions you think are related to the virus, select them and click ‘Uninstall’. A new window will show up asking for confirmation. Click Uninstall again, for the extension to get deleted permanently from your browser.

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