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Remove PDFConvertTools Toolbar (Free Guide) - Tutorial

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Shall I install PDFConvertTools Toolbar or not?

PDFConvertTools Toolbar allows converting documents to PDF files. The developers of this tool probably are well-known for many of you – Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc.[1], that are already known as IAC Applications. The company is famous for developing toolbars and software that often receives negative feedback. This time we also received many complaints about this toolbar. Users claim that it appeared on their computers out of the blue. For this reason, they entitled it as “PDFConvertTools virus.” We want to point out that it’s not a virus. Cyber security specialists agree that this application can be called as potentially unwanted program[2] due to its controversial distribution technique. Even though it has an official website, it also spreads with freeware and shareware[3] as an optional component. This feature allows getting inside inattentive users’ computers. However, it is possible to prevent unwanted applications from being installed on the PC. Users just have to get used to installing new programs using secure settings. Though, if you made a mistake and let this toolbar inside, you have two options – to let it stay or uninstall it. We recommend the second option because we do not believe that programs should sneak inside computers without directly asking users’ permission. That’s why we recommend PDFConvertTools removal. You can easily uninstall this app manually; however, we suggest scanning you PC with ReimageIntego or another reputable anti-malware program because some potentially unwanted applications might be hiding in the system as well.

Questions about PDFConvertTools Toolbar

Furthermore, after PDFConvertTools installation or infiltration, this app might modify browsers’ settings. It may replace current homepage and default search engine to If you haven’t installed this app intentionally, you might think that your browser was taken over by the browser hijacker[4]. Fortunately, you can remove PDFConvertTools from the computer and reset browser’s settings. However, there’s another issue why we do not recommend installing or keeping this toolbar on your PC. According to the Privacy Policy, developers may collect both non-personally identifiable and personally identifiable[5] information about the users, such as “your name, address, email address, and telephone number and anonymous Information, such as the number of your page views, link clicks, and login times.” There are many ways how collected data might be used; one of them is sharing it with unknown third-party businesses.

The official website of PDFConvertTools Toolbar

How is it possible that it managed to get inside the computer without my knowledge?

Some computer users claim they haven’t installed this program themselves and have no idea how it ended up on their computers. Even though, PDFConvertTools Toolbar has an official website that offers to direct download; it’s not the only way how this tool might get inside your computer. The developers use shady software marketing technique called “bundling.” This method allows adding extra applications to the software packages. Furthermore, when a user installs this software package using Basic/Quick settings, he or she can expect PDFConvertTools hijack. It might happen because this installation setup does not inform about additional applications and install them by default. For this reason, you should not rely on this setup and always opt for Custom/Advanced mode. It reveals all extra apps and allows rejecting their installation.

How to remove PDFConvertTools from the PC?

You can remove PDFConvertTools Toolbar from the computer just like any other regular program straight from the Control Panel. However, you should not forget to uninstall browser extension from your browsers as well. If you haven’t installed this toolbar yourself, you should carefully investigate all recently installed programs because there might be other potentially unwanted applications as well. Additionally, you can leave PDFConvertTools removal for the reputable anti-malware program. Automatic elimination method is quick and simple even for inexperienced computer users. This technique requires scanning the computer with your chosen security software.

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To remove PDFConvertTools Toolbar, follow these steps:

Erase PDFConvertTools Toolbar from Windows systems

Go to Programs in Control Panel and uninstall PDFConvertTools Toolbar. Then, remove browser extension from all web browsers and reset their settings.

  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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for PDFConvertTools Toolbar 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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar 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 '' 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.

Eliminate PDFConvertTools Toolbar from Mac OS X system

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

Remove PDFConvertTools Toolbar from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for PDFConvertTools Toolbar-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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar, 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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the PDFConvertTools Toolbar-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall PDFConvertTools Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the instructions to reset Internet Explorer after PDFConvertTools hijack.

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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar 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,
  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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of PDFConvertTools Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

These steps will help you to fix your browser.

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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar-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

Remove PDFConvertTools Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall PDFConvertTools Toolbar from the Mozilla Firefox and look for other suspicious extensions as well. Then, reset Mozilla Firefox and set your preferred homepage and search engine.

  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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar 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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete PDFConvertTools Toolbar from Google Chrome

Delete PDFConvertTools from the Google Chrome along with other extensions that might have been installed on your browser as well. Then, reset browser’s settings by following these instructions.

  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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar 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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase PDFConvertTools Toolbar 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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar 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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar, 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 PDFConvertTools Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Jimmy says:
    January 23rd, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I was surprised finding this program on my PC… Fortunatelly, its gone now!

  2. PDF says:
    January 23rd, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I thought I was the only one who thought that its a usefull app…

  3. Me says:
    January 23rd, 2017 at 8:15 am

    What other PDF converters can you recommend instead of this?

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