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What is ConverterSearchTool?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that ConverterSearchTool is a search hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice.
This particular one is a search hijacker and uses web push notifications.


How do I know if my computer is affected by ConverterSearchTool?

You may see this entry in your list of installed Chrome extensions:


and these warnings during install:




and these changed settings:



How did ConverterSearchTool get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from the webstore:


after a redirect from their website:


How do I remove ConverterSearchTool?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes for Windows to your desktop.
  • Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  • Click on the Get started button.
  • Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  • When the scan is finished click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  • Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of ConverterSearchTool?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes ConverterSearchTool completely.
  • If you have allowed the notifications you can read here how to disable them.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the ConverterSearchTool hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop before it became too late.




Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:


CHR Notifications: Default -> hxxps://get.convertersearchtool.com
CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.convertersearchtool.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=convertersearchtool&barcodeid=579760000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> ConverterSearchTool
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.convertersearchtool.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
(ConverterSearchTool) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink [2020-10-23]

Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 2168 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="9/2/2020 1:27 PM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="9/2/2020 1:27 PM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 11245 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 805 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 4756 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="9/2/2020 1:27 PM, 514556 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="9/2/2020 1:27 PM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink
       Adds the file 000003.log"="10/23/2020 9:26 AM, 838 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink
       Adds the file ConverterSearchTool.ico"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 208589 bytes, A
       Adds the file ConverterSearchTool.ico.md5"="10/23/2020 9:21 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink"="REG_SZ", "6531867F5473E391BC91EDBA15CAD465FB7651ADDDBC39D987EB784C84053EB3"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/23/20
Scan Time: 9:33 AM
Log File: faa4fdd2-1501-11eb-8939-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1070
Update Package Version: 1.0.31854
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 231822
Threats Detected: 12
Threats Quarantined: 12
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 12 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 1
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\LLBMCGIFFLNMHAEOPANOLGLOOGFHKINK, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, 1.0.31854, , ame, , , 

File: 9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15231, 799722, , , , , 83C2535014983389BB9C2C0E87E2625E, 977F6E5724354F6789E89897A309E941EEED8F8940CCE1507D78681D4463C102
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15231, 799722, , , , , A825EC6C77163E811B9863F8E9C0DA0C, 8C40A252928CB24FD92C655E0395D3A2923C15E207C6396EE9FF9E6DD74ED1E6
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink\000003.log, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , CC77BAAE2E6B5F6B4A611BA854D5AD9A, 7D3BCD57AA5A2A137E11B960209DBB9ACD1FE388749D10E941021346F566DF37
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink\LOCK, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink\LOG, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , 3E8B458BD143EF9F35441C5B8210720B, B75DDD25B4292A465488D937B0983FE917850A2E30CD4E08173F2898FF292D3A
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\llbmcgifflnmhaeopanolgloogfhkink\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\LLBMCGIFFLNMHAEOPANOLGLOOGFHKINK\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, 1.0.31854, , ame, , 8D86D7EE2FD9FBFBBB0ED3338446BB0F, BF7DE6A19E3A022CDEA1ACB00E25D297415525A95F70BBB183738FB27ADE5F0C
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 14951, 858871, 1.0.31854, , ame, , A825EC6C77163E811B9863F8E9C0DA0C, 8C40A252928CB24FD92C655E0395D3A2923C15E207C6396EE9FF9E6DD74ED1E6

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):

  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention

Save yourself the hassle and get protected.

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