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PDF Mac Master. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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PDF Mac Master – adware which tricks the users into using this program by providing PDF editing opportunities

PDF Mac Master
PDF Mac Master - a potentially unwanted program which belongs to the Install Core adware family.

PDF Mac Master is another tricky ad-supported program which uses its “useful features” to trick gullible users. This one offers to manage and view PDF files[1] on Mac computers. It is known that PDF Mac Master virus belongs to the Install Core adware family and also produces numerous adverts such as sales coupons, banners, pop-ups, and pop-unders. These advertising posts overload the system which might remain in computer struggles. Nevertheless, adware-type programs have a wide range of annoying features which you can avoid experiencing only if you get rid of the PUP.

Name PDF Mac Master
Category Ad-supported program
Sub-category Potentially unwanted program
Related to Install Core adware
OS affected Mostly Mac OS X
“Useful features” Allows viewing and editing PDFs
Distribution Bundled freeware or shareware, questionable websites
Removal Install Reimage to fix the damage that might have been done by this adware

You might have overcome PDF Mac Master on its original website or maybe it came from the Internet unnoticed. However, no matter how the infiltration happened, once this program is installed on a user's computer, it launches automatically. Once in, this unwanted app will perform its dubious actions such as annoying advertising and redirecting.

There is a big chance that your computer screen will always be overloaded with intrusive pop-ups and pop-unders unless you perform the PDF Mac Master removal. Frequent advertising might start interrupting your browsing activity and even slowing down browsers. Even the simplest tasks might become hard to manage or the entire process will take very long.

Nevertheless, PDF Mac Master adware might redirect you to different websites some of which might even include hazardous content. Usually, redirects will take you to pages such as:

  • Websites that advertise tech support scams or fake system optimizers;
  • Phishing sites that might include virus-related content;
  • Pages that are promoted by developers and advertise dubious products, services, etc.

Due to all beforementioned reasons, you need to remove PDF Mac Master virus from your computer system and clean web browsers that were affected by it. You can complete the process by installing reliable anti-malware tools and fixing the damage by using Reimage or similar programs. However, you can feel free to look through the manual removal technique which you will find displayed below this article.

Precautionary measures are necessary if wanting to avoid adware infections

According to IT researchers from LosVirus.es site[2], potentially unwanted programs, including adware-related ones, have more than one distribution technique. These methods are:

  • Bundling. When a PUP installs secretly with regular software from the web;
  • Rogue sites. When you accidentally start the installation of a PUP by clicking on a link on a dubious website;
  • Original downloading websites. Some ad-supported programs have their own pages where users can download the PUP by themselves.

To avoid adware[3], you need to choose the Advanced installation option and regularly check all incoming downloads. Moreover, you have to stay away from all dubious websites as far as possible and not click on any questionable content you overcome on the Internet. Finally, be careful if you have entered an adware-promoted website. Better close it and try not to get tricked by its promising look.

Delete PDF Mac Master adware

If you have been recently experiencing annoying advertising posts and decided to remove PDF Mac Master virus, you will need to perform some actions on your own or lean on anti-malware automatical elimination tools. For the first one it is necessary to get rid of all adware-added browser extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons. However, the second one is less difficult and does not require that much effort.

After you take care of the PDF Mac Master removal, make sure you reset all web browsers that were infected by the potentially unwanted program. Do not forget the precautionary measures that you have read in this article as it is very important to know how to protect your computer system and its components from similar secret adware infiltration in the future.

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 PDF Mac Master, follow these steps:

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Uninstall PDF Mac Master from Windows systems

  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 PDF Mac Master and related programs
    Here, look for PDF Mac Master 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'
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Erase PDF Mac Master from Mac OS X system

If you have found PDF Mac Master in your Mac operating system, make sure you get rid of it by following these steps. There is no need of keeping the ad-supported program as it will only slow down your computing work:

  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 PDF Mac Master 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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Get rid of PDF Mac Master 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 PDF Mac Master 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 PDF Mac Master 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 PDF Mac Master 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, PDF Mac Master should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate PDF Mac Master from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 PDF Mac Master 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete PDF Mac Master removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete PDF Mac Master from Google Chrome

Make sure you delete all dubious browser extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from the Google Chrome web browser:

  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 PDF Mac Master 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete PDF Mac Master removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall PDF Mac Master from Safari

If Safari web browser got infected with adware, you should check for PUP-related components and get rid of them:

  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 PDF Mac Master or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 PDF Mac Master removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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