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

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Convertpdfsearch.com hijacks web browsers to change default search settings

Convertpdfsearch.com virus

Convertpdfsearch.com is a shady search tool provided by HopeBest Inc. Media. The browser hijacker[1] promotes it by adding Convert PDF Search extensions and injecting hxxp://Convertpdfsearch.com/ into browsers' settings on every compromised computer. The questionable company that created it has been producing vague search sites one after another, including Zipfilesearch.com or Videoconvertsearch.com.

Once installed, Convert PDF Search compromises web browsers and changes their homepage addresses to hxxp://Convertpdfsearch.com/. The aim of this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is to control victim’s web browser and prevent the victim from changing the newly set configurations. This way, the user gets forced to visit the suspicious search site every day, which increases chances of forcing one to use the shady search engine.

If this plan works out, the developers of the browser hijacker get a chance to serve sponsored results instead of organic ones, pushing sponsored content to victims. This way, instead of finding relevant information, the victim receives a bunch of ads.

It goes without saying that it is something that no one wants to experience, so we suggest you to remove Convertpdfsearch.com redirect virus as soon as possible.

Although we see ads in various websites every day, ads provided by this search tool are extremely untrustworthy. If you click on them, you increase the chance of visiting dangerous external sites because sites advertised by this search tool are not endorsed by its developer.

If you decide to surf the Internet via this search engine, prepare yourself to come across potentially dangerous or even phishing websites[2] without even realizing it.

Although Convertpdfsearch isn’t considered to be malicious itself, it doesn’t mean that it is safe to use it or keep programs related to it on your PC. We suggest you to complete Convertpdfsearch.com removal as soon as it is possible and consider using a different search tool. The 2-spyware team suggests using Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes software for its elimination. If you came here for the free instructions, scroll down the page to find them.

Distribution of programs that meddle with browser settings

Browser hijackers are suspicious programs that computer users rarely install by their choice. In most cases, users get forced to install them on their computers. This often happens during installation of other free software, and that is why we advise users to pay close attention to “Custom” or “Advanced” installation settings. If the installer suggests choosing different ones, do not listen and switch the selection to “Custom/Advanced.”

Once the right installation mode is selected, you will see a list of extra programs bundled with your chosen software. Your task is to deselect every statement that confirms your decision to install them. If you can’t deselect these statements, quit the installation setup and do not install the associated software at all.

Stop Convertpdfsearch.com redirects by removing the culprit

To remove Convertpdfsearch.com virus which is the cause of those annoying URL redirects, we strongly suggest using instructions provided by our team. If you’d like to check the entire system, you might want to opt for automatic Convertpdfsearch.com removal option.

The automatic removal method requires anti-spyware or anti-malware software, so if you do not have it yet, consider installing one now. You can find a list of recommended programs below, although you can also check out software reviews we provide in the “Software” section on our site.

If you have any questions regarding the browser hijacker or suggested programs, contact our support team for help. We also noticed that this hijacker mostly affects French computer users, therefore if you are one of them, we suggest visiting LesVirus.fr website[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 Convertpdfsearch.com virus, follow these steps:

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Erase Convertpdfsearch.com from Windows systems

Remove ConvertPDF Search and related programs via Control Panel. Use the guidelines 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 Convertpdfsearch.com and related programs
    Here, look for Convertpdfsearch.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 Convertpdfsearch.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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Uninstall Convertpdfsearch.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 Convertpdfsearch.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 Convertpdfsearch.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 Convertpdfsearch.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 Convertpdfsearch.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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Get rid of Convertpdfsearch.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, Convertpdfsearch.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Convertpdfsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Eliminate Firefox add-ons created by HopeBest Inc. Media.

  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 Convertpdfsearch.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 Convertpdfsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Convertpdfsearch.com from Google Chrome

To remove Convertpdfsearch.com virus, you must delete unwanted extensions from Chrome. This tutorial explains what is the best way to do it.

  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 Convertpdfsearch.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 Convertpdfsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase Convertpdfsearch.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 Convertpdfsearch.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 Convertpdfsearch.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 Convertpdfsearch.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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