What is DocToPDFConverter?
DocToPDFConverter is a browser add-on that can be added to all web browsers, including the most popular ones, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. It seems to be a really useful tool because it claims being able to convert files from doc to PDF and vice versa. People constantly need such service, so it’s very likely that lots of Internet users will install this app willingly. However, before doing so you should be aware that DocToPDFConverter belongs to the category of adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It does not mean that it’s malicious; however, it means that it may slither onto your PC silently and start displaying sponsored advertisements on every website that you visit.
Of course, you will be able to use the service of conversion, but you will have to suffer from continuous ‘Ads by DocToPDFConverter’, ‘Powered by DocToPDFConverter’, ‘Delivered by DocToPDFConverter’ and similarly marked pop-up, pop-under, banner and in-text advertisements that may be filled with sponsored links and redirect you to third party websites. In addition to that, this app may also affect each of your web browser and set ask.com as your default homepage and search engine. Even more, it may install tracking cookies, constantly monitor your online activities, slow down your machine, connect to the Internet without your permission asked and implement other suspicious activities behind your back.
Be very careful because this adware may increase vulnerability of your system and cause DocToPDFConverter redirects to suspicious websites that may be filled with installers of malicious programs. If you have been on the peak of installing this add-on and now research it a little bit before installing, we highly recommend you to look for a more reliable PDF converter. Or if it has already infiltrated your computer suspiciously, we recommend you to scan it with a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage and get rid of it as soon as possible.
How can DocToPDFConverter infiltrate computers?
DocToPDFConverter is spread around like any other adware-type program. It can be found on its official website and installed there for free. You should also be very careful and check every freeware before installing it because this add-on may also be added as an additional component to various download managers, media players, gaming platforms, etc. and spread in one pack. In most of the cases, people do not notice installers of ‘optional components’ when installing freewares and fail to opt out of them. Consequently, they start experiencing annoying advertisements, redirects, slow downs, and may even get tricked into installing other potentially unwanted programs or even viruses.
The main reason why it’s happening is a reckless and careless installation of freewares. You should NEVER click the ‘next’ button before making sure with what terms you agree because you may skip notifications about ‘optional components’ and leave them set by default. That’s why you should always select Advanced or Custom installation option and make sure that you spot and opt out of all unwanted programs that your selected freewares is filled with.
Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from 2-spyware.com website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of DocToPDFConverter Toolbar can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.
Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.
How to remove DocToPDFConverter?
If you failed to opt out of additional components when installing free software and now suffer from DocToPDFConverter ads and other issues, you should fix your computer as soon as possible. For that, you should follow the guidelines that are given below:
- Uninstall programs that are related to DocToPDFConverter from your computer:
1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for DocToPDFConverter Toolbar and other programs that are unknown to you.
3. Click ‘Uninstall’ and then OK to save the changes.
- Reset your web browser:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (DocToPDFConverter Toolbar, MyWay, MyWebSearch, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose ‘Settings’ -> ‘On startup’ section -> ‘set pages’.
4. Here, eliminate myway.com by clicking on the “X” and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Search’ section.
6. Here, click ‘Manage Search Engines…’ and add your preferred domain name.