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Can Online YouTube to MP3 Converters Cause Malware/Spyware/Viruses?

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It could have very-well been something else that was the culprit, but after using online Youtube to MP3 converters on a regular basis, I had to reinstall the OS on both my machine and my wife's after a while, as they both got extremely slow and sometimes unresponsive to typing and mouse movements.

I ran spyware/malware scans, virus scans, and even defragged the hard drives and cleaned the registries on both machines to no avail.

I say all of that to ask if it's possible that these online conversion tools could cause damage to your computer or not?
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I doubt the tool/s themselves would have been at fault but you may have accessed a malware loaded URL that delivered a payroll once downloaded.

What results did your AV and Malware killers offer?

In fact what AV and malware tools do you use?
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