This article aims to help you with the removal of Pdfmaster.net hijacker from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all harmful files in full.
Pdfmaster.net is a questionable search engine that could suddenly start to appear in your preferred web browser. That’s why it is considered to be an undesired program which could be further classified as browser hijacker. In case of infection with this hijacker, its main page may be set as browser homepage, new tab page while its rogue search engine as a default one. Once this happens Pdfmaster.net becomes able to obtain certain details from the browser and send them to its servers. Keep reading to learn more about its ways to get to the system and its adverse impact.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP|
|Short Description||Pdfmaster.net is a website with questionable search enigne that hijacks browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine. All mentioned modifications happen on the background without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser are set to dislay the main page of Pdfmaster.net hijacker. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Pdfmaster.net |
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Pdfmaster.net Hijacker – Spread Techniques
Pdfmaster.net is considered to be a potentially unwanted program mainly because it aims to land on your system without you noticing that moment. So the techniques used for its distribution attempt trick you into installing it unintentionally on your device. Among these techniques are bundled packages, fake update notifications, deceptive web pages, and malvertising.
As the installers of many free third-party apps are commonly used for the spread of various PUPs we will reveal more about this technique. In their installers, such apps often contain additional potentially undesired apps like Pdfmaster.net. In order that you got tricked into starting the infection code along with the primary app, the regular installation steps of such installers conceal the presence of the extras. Happily, as a prevention tip may be the access to Advanced/Custom configuration install options. By reading carefully what is stated there you may detect the presence of any undesired apps that are offered as extras. So in case that you don’t need them, you can opt out their installation and then continue with the installing the desired app.
Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by Pdfmaster.net hijacker.
Pdfmaster.net – Detailed Overview
After infection files associated with Pdfmaster.net are started on the PC, several modifications of basic browser settings are initiated. These changes enable the hijacker to replace the homepage, new tab page and default search engine in all targeted web browsers. So that was the moment when the first thing you see when you open your preferred web browser became the main page of the hijacker as shown below:
At first, you may consider that Pdfmaster.net is a normal website that provides web searching services as well as a few convenient features for converting PDF files and quick access to several popular websites. However, don’t forget that it is not an app that appears in your browser by your wish. Now let us reveal some of the reasons why this program is better to be removed than kept.
As revealed in the policy of this hijacker one of its primary goals is data collection. So as long as it has access to your browser it is able to obtain certain details (more about them you could find in the next paragraph) and send it to its servers. It is most likely that the data will be used for the creation of profile based on your interests that will be later on used for targeted advertising campaigns. So there is a chance that an infection with this PUP will lead to an increased number of ads in the browser.
On the one hand, these ads may make your browser sluggish and even unresponsive at times. On the other hand, some of them may land you on corrupted web pages that are set to automatically trigger severe malware infections directly on your PC.
Furthermore, you should have in mind that in case of infection with Pdfmaster.net there is real chance that an undesired extension has also been installed without asking you for permission. And once this extension is added to your Google Chrome browser it can:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Replace the page you see when opening a new tab
- Change your search settings to: photorito.me
- Detect your physical location
The need to reveal the policy section of Pdfmaster.net in detail is the information about data collection practices revealed there as well as the name of the company which is responsible for storing valuable data of yours.
So let’s begin with stating that the company owner of this deceptive website is stated to be AIR TB & CONSULTING LTD. Our research history indicates that Pdfmaster.net is not the first nasty hijacker associated with this company. As reported, other two browser hijackers dubbed Photorito.me and Pdfconverter.pro are owned by AIR TB & CONSULTING LTD.
As stated in the policies of their products including the policy of Pdfmaster.net they use them to collect a variety of personal and non-personal data from the browsers of all users who are using their deceptive services.
Eventually, it appears that as long as you keep Pdfmaster.net present in your browser it takes your agreement for data collection for granted. So all of the details listed below will be sent to the hijacker’s servers and this way provided to its owners:
- The searches you perform
- The pages you view
- Your name
- Email address
- Country of origin
- Browser type
- Telephone number
- Household income
- Zip code
- All search queries and visited websites
A disturbing consequence is that the records of your data could be disclosed to third-party services or businesses partners of AIR TB & CONSULTING LTD whose names and activities are unfortunately unknown. The chances are that the data will be used for targeted advertising or at worst malware attacks. And in case that some of the holders don’t store the data in a secure manner, malicious intenders may also obtain all these sensitive details of yours.
How to Remove Pdfmaster.net Hijacker
In order to remove Pdfmaster.net hijacker and all associated files from your PC you need to complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this undesired program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool reveals the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by Pdfmaster.net. This information enables you to access and then remove all harmful files from the infected PC. Have in mind that files associated with this hijacker may be stored with names different than Pdfmaster.net.
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