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Remove PDFConvertersSearch (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

PDFConvertersSearch belongs to the group of browser hijackers due to stealthy distribution and intrusive browser-based behavior

PDFConvertersSearch extension

PDFConvertersSearch is a browser hijacker that can be downloaded directly from the Chrome Web Store[1] or indirectly bundled with freeware/shareware. When the extension gets on the system, it changes the homepage settings and makes pdfconverters-search.com or feed.pdfconverters-search.com the default search engine on every web browser that the user has installed. 

Technically, PDFConvertersSearch is considered to be a cyber infection that is attributed to the browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program (PUP) groups. The classification is based on several factors – stealthy infiltration via software bundles, unapproved alterations of web browser's settings, data collection, and delivery of sponsored content. Therefore, instead of improving the search experience, this extension may work contrary and appear to be highly intrusive. 

Name PDFConvertersSearch
Classification Browser hijacker
Sub-Class Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Distribution Chrome Web Store, freeware bundles, redirects to click-to-download sites, misleading ads
Promoted sites The extension is used to promote pdfconverters-search.com or feed.pdfconverters-search.com search engines
Symptoms Altered settings on Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, IE, Microsoft Edge, and many others. Upon these changes, the browser reroutes random websites to sponsored domains and loads intrusive commercial ads
Similar apps ConvertPDFEasy
PDFSearches
PDFConverterHQ
ProPDFConverter, etc. 
Removal options The extension can be deleted manually. However, usually, it infiltrates machines along with malware and can inject other unwanted applications. Therefore, automatic PDFConvertersSearch removal is recommended using a robust security tool
Registry fix The regular system's scan with ReimageIntego ensures a cache-free Windows registry. The usage of this tool is in particular recommended after malware infiltration to recover altered system's settings

 The PDFConvertersSearch virus should not be trusted. Although it may promise its potential users a convenient PDF conversion feature and other functionalities, it's one of those sponsored ads, which is actively involved in affiliate marketing. In order to push the content of third parties, it hijacks the default web browser on the host machine and injects one of the following search sites:

  • pdfconverters-search.com
  • feed.pdfconverters-search.com
  • portal.pdfconverters-search.com
  • yahoo.search.com, or another

Although the PDFConvertersSearch start page may contain in-built features like PDF converter, currency converter, cryptocurrency converter, or calculator, these services won't compensate for the negative effects that the web search results may present you with. 

PDFConvertersSearch redirects can expose you to sites that contain various downloads, disguise original content with sponsored advertisements, lock-pages that urge to allow push notifications, or download something to close the site. Although the majority of ads and redirects are used for commercial purposes only, some of the ads or sites may trick users into downloading malware. 

In fact, PDFConvertersSearch removal should help you protect yourself from being exposed to malicious sites or inadvertent downloads of malware. However, the elimination process of hijackers and other PUPs is often complicated due to additional components that got installed alongside or the changes in the startup or registry. The latter can easily be fixed with the help of ReimageIntego

Data tracking is yet another reason why Dieviren.de[2] and other cybersecurity experts recommend people to remove PDFConvertersSearch virus. Third parties take advantage of this extension by using its cookies and harvesting IP address, browsing history, search terms, clicks, and other non-personal information. The problem is that such information can further be used for statistics and used for improving sponsored ads, thus increasing the number of clicks. 

In general, the PDFConvertersSearch extension is not a trustworthy application. It won't provide any useful service, so the sooner you get rid of it, the less damage it will cause. Arm yourself with a reputable AV program and run a full system scan with it. 

PDFConvertersSearch malwarePDFConvertersSearch is distributed as a legitimate extension on Chrome Web Store, but most of the downloads are indirect via software packages

Potentially unwanted programs come pre-packed with freeware

Those who seek to stay away from potentially unwanted programs, they must deselect add-ons, extensions, toolbars, plugins, and other components that spread pre-checked with freeware/shareware. PUPs are spreading with various free applications that can be downloaded on Chrome Web Store, Google Play Store, or third-party download sources (Cnet, Softonic, Downloads, etc.). 

The catch is the disclosure of those additional components. Typically, people are not aware that they are about to install a bundle. All they see is the main freeware installer. Nevertheless, if the user initiates the installation by hitting the Next button all the time, he or she unconsciously agrees to install all pre-selected hidden components.  

To prevent such happening, users shall choose the Advanced/Custom installation method instead of Quick/Basic (if such an option is provided). Anyway, he or she has to monitor the installation process with extreme carefulness. The eye-catching details – pre-checked or grayed out checkboxes next to the statements like “I agree with the installation of this search engine.” Remove the checkmark or stop the installation if you are not allowed to deselect additional components.  

PDFConvertersSearch installBe careful when browsing the Internet and do not click on misleading ads that offer to download useful browser-based apps as you can unconsciously download a PDFConvertersSearch virus

Get rid of PDFConvertersSearch virus and other PUPs 

If you keep experiencing PDFConvertersSearch redirects on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser regularly, it's obvious that the system is infected with unwanted applications and requires specific maintenance. In fact, you can choose between two options – manual or automatic system cleaning. 

Manual PDFConvertersSearch removal can definitely be successful, especially if you have been dealing with similar PUPs before. Nevertheless, it's important to check the registries, startup, Apps, and Features folder to ensure that there are no related entries active. 

Even though you may consider the PDFConvertersSearch removal to be accomplished successfully, we strongly recommend checking the system with a professional anti-malware tool. That's because PUPs tend to spread in packages that contain more than two constituents. Thus, a scan with a professional anti-malware will delete all unwanted entries and, thus, ensure your cybersecurity[3].

If, however, you are determined to remove PDFConvertersSearch virus manually, take advantage of the manual removal tutorial submitted down below. 

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To remove PDFConvertersSearch, follow these steps:

Uninstall PDFConvertersSearch from Windows systems

Windows OS is prone to the PUP and malware attacks. Thus, if you have accidentally been tricked into downloading an unwanted application, learn how to get rid of it by following this tutorial.

  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 PDFConvertersSearch and related programs
    Here, look for PDFConvertersSearch 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 PDFConvertersSearch 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.

Get rid of PDFConvertersSearch from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove PDFConvertersSearch from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for PDFConvertersSearch-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove PDFConvertersSearch, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to PDFConvertersSearch and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the PDFConvertersSearch-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete PDFConvertersSearch from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for PDFConvertersSearch and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete PDFConvertersSearch removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove PDFConvertersSearch from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the PDFConvertersSearch-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase PDFConvertersSearch 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 PDFConvertersSearch 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 PDFConvertersSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate PDFConvertersSearch from Google Chrome

For some reason, Chrome Web Store sometimes spread malware. If you have been tricked by seductive description of a browser extension and eventually it turned out to be an adware or hijacker, then do not postpone its removal. In order to uninstall PDFConvertersSearch and its clones, you can use this guide.

  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 PDFConvertersSearch 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 PDFConvertersSearch removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall PDFConvertersSearch 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 PDFConvertersSearch 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 PDFConvertersSearch, 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 PDFConvertersSearch removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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