Have you been trying to remove PdfSearchTip (PDF Search Tip) from your browser? Are your searches suddenly redirected to a suspicious search engine, called searchlee.com?
PDF Search Tip which can be found on https://portal.pdfsearchtip.com/ is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), browser hijacker, and a bogus search engine. It may try to appear legitimate by providing several functionalities, such as a PDF converter, a cryptocurrency converter, and a currency converter. Potentially unwanted programs usually are developed in a such a way – to trick you into thinking they are useful. However, they are not.
Instead of providing any of the promised functionalities, PUPs such as PDF Search Tip may hijack your browser’s settings to flood you with ads and suspicious search results. Removing the culprit from the affected browser may be challenging, as it may continue to appear. Persistence is often an issue with such unwanted programs. We will try to help you remove PDF Search Tip by providing specific steps to follow at the end of this article.
Other bogus search engines, similar to PDF Search Tip include EasySearchConverter, TopIncognitoSearch and HDSportsSearch. Our research reveals that all of them are most likely developed by the same company, based in Israel.
PDF Search Tip Summary
|Name||PDF Search Tip|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||A questionable search engine with various functionalities that hijacks the browser’s settings. It may redirect your searches to searchlee.com.|
|Symptoms||When you open an affected browser, you see the hoax search engine PDF Search Tip.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites|
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Why Do I Have PDF Search Tip Running in My Browser?
Most potentially unwanted apps with hijacking capabilities, such as PDF Search Tip, rely on similar methods to spread across computers. Let’s see what the most popular methods include.
The most common method used by third-party developers to promote their shady products is bundling. Thanks to bundling, they can promote potentially unwanted applications as additional downloads in freeware installers.
Bundling is not illegal but it often causes unwanted, additional downloads, even of legitimate products. To avoid it from happening, you should be more careful during the installation steps of freeware applications.
Unsafe browsing and push notifications
Another scenario that may have brought PDF Search Tip to your browser is unsafe browsing. Have you landed on a suspicious page lately, trying to convince you to subscribe to its push notifications? There are numerous examples of such suspicious pages.
A click on such a site could redirect you multiple times, making your browser go through dozens of pages, where a pay-per-click scheme could be active. Agressive redirect chains and intrusive pop-ups may also be the reason for a PUP such as PDF Search Tip.
Considering all of the above information, it is best if you don’t use PDF Search Tip. It also may be a good idea to check your system for more potentially unwanted apps.
How to Remove PDF Search Tip
To remove the PDF Search Tip browser hijacker along with all its associated files, you should complete several removal steps. If you want to make sure that no undesired and potentially harmful files are running on your system, we recommend that you follow the guide to the end. Keep in mind that some of the installed files may be named in a way not related to the PUPs’a name, so that they can be hard to find, and therefore, hard to remove.
- Guide 1: How to Remove PDF Search Tip from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of PDF Search Tip on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove PDF Search Tip in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase PDF Search Tip from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall PDF Search Tip from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove PDF Search Tip from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate PDF Search Tip from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable PDF Search Tip Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove PDF Search Tip from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PDF Search Tip
Step 2: Uninstall PDF Search Tip and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by PDF Search Tip on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by PDF Search Tip there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of PDF Search Tip from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall PDF Search Tip and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove PDF Search Tip via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove PDF Search Tip files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as PDF Search Tip, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove PDF Search Tip from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase PDF Search Tip from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall PDF Search Tip from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove PDF Search Tip from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the PDF Search Tip will be removed.
Eliminate PDF Search Tip from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by PDF Search Tip from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".