Audio to Audio PUP - How to remove

Audio to Audio, or AudioToAudio, is a free audio files converter developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. It is promoted as an audio converter capable of converting the following formats: AIFF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, and WMA. The AudiotoAudio app is also said to give users free access to online music tracks of all time and to provide links to the newest music videos, etc. It tries to give people the impression that a music fan is supposed to have Audio to Audio by hook or by crook. But there are things you need to know before you install this program onto your computer, otherwise, you’ll be very disappointed.

About Audio to Audio PUP

The truth is that Audio to Audio application is a PUP – a potentially unwanted program (VirusTotal link). It belongs to the latter category of programs because it acts as a carrier of Home.tb.ask.com browser hijacker. This fake search engine, together with int.search.myway.com, is created by Mindspark Interactive Network company – the same company that made AudioToAudio. This hijacker redirects to the search results of ask.com, which are distorted by the poor quality websites of 3rd parties. These sites typically advertise some fake products and services. They can further reroute you to scam or even phishing domains. The home.tb.ask.com and AudioToAudio browser extensions were specifically designed for the Google Chrome web browser, but it can also act upon other web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc. As browser hijackers not only run on browsers but also drop system files and append registry entries, it is known that Home.tb.ask.com extension is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.

AudioToAudio is a program that inserts itself into the browser unnecessarily:

Classification
  • PUP
  • Newtab virus
  • Browser hijacker
  • Adware
Problems with AudioToAudio
  • Functions don’t require an extension
  • Add-on permissions are unnecessarily intrusive
  • Browsing history and search keywords are exposed to the extension
Distribution
  • Bundled with freeware, like audio players
  • Advertised and redirected to by online audio converters
  • Installed manually from the web store
Removal
  • Uninstall AudioToAudio manually
  • Remove adware and malware automatically (Combo Cleaner for Mac, SpyHunter for PC)

Another important fact to know about Home.tb.ask.com add-on is that it can also display 3rd party advertisements which are no better than the websites it renders. These ads reroute to the same scam sites of fake advertising content. They appear on legitimate websites and are contextual as well as personalized. This is because Home.tb.ask.com knows what you are doing online because of the usage of cookies you agree with when you visit its site, as well as because AudioToAudio tries to get you to install the Ask search extension, and its access to your browser gives it the ability to track your actions very effectively. Newtab viruses like AudioToAudio sink their little claws into your browser and spy on you. So you see what Mephistopheles you get when you install Audio to Audio PUP on your machine. Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc has also been notorious for having released QuickPhotoEdit PUP, targeted at photography lovers, and since then, it’s made dozens of browser hijackers, including QuickTemplateFinder, MyEasyLotto, DirectionsOnline, and others. In very truth, to be on the safe side it is better to avoid products of this company.

"AudioToAudio", the new tab page

How does Audio to Audio PUP Enter Your Computer?

AudiotoAudio app can be downloaded and installed for free at its official website at the address audiotoaudio.com. But it can also be bundled with other file converters, video codecs, and similar programs. While, in the case of direct installation, you know what you are installing, in the case of ‘‘bundling’’, you do not know about the additional installs, unless you enter Advanced/Custom settings. So it is recommended to use them whenever setting free apps up. These settings also allow you to cancel the installation of additional apps.

Spyhunter for Windows and Combo Cleaner for Mac OS are the tools which are widely applied for malware removal. They are to be employed and in the case of Audio to Audio PUP infection. These security scanners are easy-to-use and they provide a full scope removal solution. Whereas, manual removal aims at the removal of the particular program alone and it is more difficult to delete the leftovers of the rogue program manually. However, you can choose, or do both. We provide you with the tutorial for manual removal of Audio to Audio program just below.

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How to remove Audio to Audio PUP using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Audio to Audio PUP install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10). Open Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu.
  • Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category). In Control Panel, select Uninstall a program.
  • Go through the list of programs and select entries related to Audio to Audio PUP . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make Audio to Audio PUP easier to find. Find the program that you need to uninstall.
  • Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes. Click the Uninstall button after selecting the program to uninstall. Then click Yes.
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection. Spyhunter marking a program and its components as low-threat malware.

How to remove Audio to Audio PUP from macOS

Delete Audio to Audio PUP from your applications.
  1. Open Finder.
  2. In the menu bar, click Go.
  3. Select Applications from the dropdown.
  4. Find the Audio to Audio PUP app.
  5. Select it and right-click it (or hold the Ctrl and click the left mouse button).
  6. In the dropdown, click Move to Bin/Trash. You might be asked to provide your login password.
Open Applications and delete unwanted apps.

TopRemove malicious extensions from Internet Explorer

  • Press on the Gear icon→Manage Add-ons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Audio to Audio PUP and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Close the Options.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Audio to Audio PUP, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Press on the Gear icon->Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset button.
    Reset settings
  • Select a Delete personal settingscheckbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

TopRemoving Audio to Audio PUP from Chrome

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Google Chrome window. Select “Settings”.
    Open settings
  • Click “Extensions” on the left menu bar.
  • Go through the extensions list and remove programs you do not need, especially similar to Audio to Audio PUP. Click on the trash bin icon next to Audio to Audio PUP or other add-ons you want to remove.
    Remove extensions
  • Press on the “Remove” button on the Confirmation window.
    Remove approve
  • If unsure, you can disable them temporarily.
    Disable extension
  • Restart Chrome.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Audio to Audio PUP, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
    Open settings
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on the Reset settings button.
    Reset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

TopRemoving Audio to Audio PUP from Firefox

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Audio to Audio PUP related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings If you are still experiencing any issues related to Audio to Audio PUP, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.
  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • Choose Troubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve
If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Audio to Audio PUP from Microsoft Edge:Top


  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Microsoft Edge window. Select “Extensions”.
Open the menu and choose Extensions.
  • Go through the extensions list and remove programs you do not need, especially similar to Audio to Audio PUP. Click on the "Remove" icon next to Audio to Audio PUP or other add-ons you want to remove.
Press Remove for the extensions you want to remove
  • Press on the “Remove” button on the Confirmation window.
Press Remove again.
  • If unsure, you can disable them temporarily.
Press the switch to disable the extension.
  • Restart Microsoft Edge.

TopRemoving Audio to Audio PUP from Safari (Mac OS X)

  • Click on the Safari menu.
  • Choose Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Click on the Extensions Tab.
  • Click on the Uninstall button near the Audio to Audio PUP. Remove all other unknown or suspicious entries too. If you are not sure whether you need the extension or not, you can simply uncheck the Enable check-box to disable the extension temporarily.
    Extensions
  • Restart Safari.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Audio to Audio PUP, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari.
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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