What Is PDFConverterSearch?
PDFConverterSearch is just another version of other pesky software we have recently detected, called PDFConverterSearcher. Other apps, like it include FreePDFCombiner and PDFSearchHQ. These are series of ad-supported addons that may cause multiple different types of browser redirects, pop-ups and other forms of proomoted content. The ads may slow your computer down and could also track your online activities using cookies and other means. The main risk with those ads, however is they may lead you to possibly unsafe sites.
Read this removal guide post to learn how you can remove PDFConverterSearch permanently from your computer.
|Type||Browser Hijacker / Unwanted Software|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your machine.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss PDFConverterSearch.|
PDFConverterSearch – What Does It Do?
Once set up on your computer, PDFConverterSearch may transform your browser into the following look:
The main activity of PDFConverterSearch revolves around displaying different types of adverts. The ads that it may show once on your computer could vary, and they could slow it down and even make it stutter and freeze at times.
Examples of such ad types are the following:
- Pop-up ads.
- Redirects or transfers to other sites.
- Search ads.
- Push notification advertisements.
This software may have ended up on your computer, like other programs of its type – via being advertised falsely on a website or added to a setup of another freeware app. The most likely used method is the second of those, also known as software bundling. It is characterized by the PDFConverterSearch app to be offered as a “free extra” somewhere in the installation steps of another software you may have recently downloaded for free. Usually, such types of setup steps are tricky to spot because they are often lying hidden in the “Advanced” install option and most users go for “Express Install”.
- What you click.
- Your searches.
- Your online bookmarks.
- Most visited sites.
- Browsing history.
The primary purpose of these trackers is to probably use this information and collect it to show you even more specific ads, thus increasing the chance you will click on them.
But cookies or the unsafe site are not the main risks that are related to this software. The primary problem is the ads it may show on your computer. They may lead to the following types of dangerous domains:
- Fake Tech Support.
- Fake survey.
- Virus URLs.
This is why it is a good idea to focus on removing PDFConverterSearch ASAP from your computer and browsers.
Remove PDFConverterSearch from Your Computer
For the removal of PDFConverterSearch, we advise following the guide below. It can help you remove PDFConverterSearch from your computer, and it also works for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and other popular browsers. Be advised that these programs often make themselves tricky to remove once already on your computer. This is the reason experts advise that you use an anti-malware program for best removal results. It will scan your machine thoroughly and make sure these types of files are gone for good.
- Guide 1: How to Remove PDFConverterSearch from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of PDFConverterSearch on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove PDFConverterSearch in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase PDFConverterSearch from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall PDFConverterSearch from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove PDFConverterSearch from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate PDFConverterSearch from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable PDFConverterSearch Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove PDFConverterSearch from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PDFConverterSearch
Step 2: Uninstall PDFConverterSearch 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 PDFConverterSearch 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 PDFConverterSearch there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of PDFConverterSearch from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall PDFConverterSearch 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 PDFConverterSearch 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 PDFConverterSearch files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as PDFConverterSearch, 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 PDFConverterSearch 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 PDFConverterSearch 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 PDFConverterSearch 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 PDFConverterSearch 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 PDFConverterSearch will be removed.
Eliminate PDFConverterSearch 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 PDFConverterSearch 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".