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Combinepdfsearch.com virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Reasons to get rid of Combinepdfsearch.com redirect virus

Combinepdfsearch.com search

Combinepdfsearch.com is a deceptive search engine developed by Hopebest Inc. Media. It can replace your homepage all of a sudden because it is promoted via a browser-hijacking program[1]. On the main Combine PDF Search page, there is a tool that allows merging PDF files; however, it might be the one and only useful feature provided by that site.

The search site itself is associated with potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and is promoted via browser-hijacking programs. Not surprisingly, cyber security experts recommend removing CombinePDFSearch from the system without any hesitations. For Combinepdfsearch.com removal, we recommend using instructions we provide or anti-malware software[2] like Reimage.

The main purpose of a browser hijacker is to conceal itself on victim’s computer and control one’s search and browsing experience the entire time. The hijacker replaces homepage with hxxp://Combinepdfsearch.com/ value and also adds this URL to default search setting. As a consequence, the victim has to visit this search site on a daily basis without requesting to do so.

The worst thing and the main reason why we recommend you to remove Combinepdfsearch.com is its ability to serve modified search results. Instead of serving organic and relevant results that respond to one’s search queries, this hijacker replaces them with ads. Consequently, clicking on them triggers a redirect to affiliate websites that may be full of vague content.

Inattentive behavior during web browsing sessions, especially when using such bogus search engine, can lead to unpleasant consequences – even a computer infection. For this reason, we want to remind you to stay away from scam surveys, suspicious suggestions to install software recommended by God knows who, or pages that require entering your private information.

Remember that revealing your email address on a wrong site can cause you a lot of problems, too – you can start receiving myriads of spam, which is known to be the main ransomware attack vector.

Find out how browser hijackers spread to avoid them

Speaking of distribution methods, browser hijackers are no different than adware or other potentially unwanted programs. They are promoted using software bundling, a technique that allows adding a couple of unpopular programs to well-known freeware.

This technique, combined with users' “Next>Next>Agree>Install>Finish” software installation approach, guarantees a successful spyware installation on target computers. In most cases, users do not even notice the potentially unwanted programs until these start bothering them with a daily dose of ads or URL redirects.

To avoid installing unwanted software, we recommend choosing Custom or Advanced method for software installation. Either one or another option (whichever is available) allows you to deselect additional programs bundled with your preferable software. Proceed with the installation only after decomposing the software pack.

Remove Combinepdfsearch.com and related spyware from your computer

To increase the security of your PC, remove Combinepdfsearch.com virus from it. It is highly recommended to use anti-malware programs for its removal, although the same task can be carried out manually.

You will need to find all files, settings, and programs related to the hijacker to complete Combinepdfsearch.com removal. Instructions we prepared should help you to delete all of them with ease. If you cannot remove the program, consider using automatic spyware removal tool to ease the task. In case you need our help, submit your question via “Ask Us” page.

According to research, this hijacker has affected quite a lot of French-speaking computer users. In case you're looking for comprehensive malware removal instructions in French language, consider visiting lesvirus.fr site[3].

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Combinepdfsearch.com virus, follow these steps:

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Erase Combinepdfsearch.com from Windows systems

You can delete Combinepdfsearch.com virus by yourself – uninstall all suspicious programs and clean browser shortcuts using instructions provided below.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Combinepdfsearch.com and related programs
    Here, look for Combinepdfsearch.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Combinepdfsearch.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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Get rid of Combinepdfsearch.com from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Combinepdfsearch.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Delete Combinepdfsearch.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Combinepdfsearch.com and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Combinepdfsearch.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove Combinepdfsearch.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Combinepdfsearch.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Uninstall Combinepdfsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Clean up Firefox by removing add-ons keeping Combinepdfsearch.com as the default start page.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Combinepdfsearch.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Combinepdfsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Combinepdfsearch.com from Google Chrome

Check Chrome's Extensions panel to delete entries related to Combinepdfsearch.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Combinepdfsearch.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Combinepdfsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase Combinepdfsearch.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Combinepdfsearch.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Combinepdfsearch.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Combinepdfsearch.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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