A known unwanted program created by the Mindspark Interactive Network has re-emerged on the Web. FromDocToPDF.com is the main download page for a browser hijacker of the same name. The updated version of the program comes with more advertisements, redirects, and pop-ups. To see how to remove this program, you should read the article to the end. The hijacker changes the homepage, new tab page and search engine of your browsers. Search results might be misleading and full of ads and sponsored content.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers have their homepage, search engine and new tab page changed.|
|Symptoms||You see a new homepage and new tab page in your browsers. A new search engine is also set. You get redirected. You see advertisements on web pages, especially in search results.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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FromDocToPDF.com – Distribution
FromDocToPDF.com generally distributes through third-party installations. The hijacker get in your PC without your awareness, because it hides in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packs, additional components can be selected for default installation. They might be improperly disclosed, so you end up with FromDocToPDF.com on your PC. Just pushing the button Next repeatedly in a setup until it’s complete will lead to that result. Avoiding unwanted installations, is usually done by checking for a Custom or an Advanced menu.
Other ways of distribution for this hijacker are through advertisement pop-up and banner clicks or from visiting untrusted sites. Websites with low reputation, you could get redirected to, are probably affiliates of Mindspark Interactive. Affected browsers can be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
FromDocToPDF.com – More Information
FromDocToPDF.com is the name of a browser hijacker developed by Mindspark Interactive Network Inc.. It is the newest iteration of the toolbar bearing the same name. If the unwanted app is on your computer, different settings are changed in your browsers – homepage, new tab page, and search engine. The hijacker can redirect you to product pages and sites that are partnered with Mindspark.
As FromDocToPDF.com started as a toolbar, it is not excluded that you may get the toolbar version of it. It is possible for another kind of a browser extension or an add-on to be installed as well. Usually, they also come bundled with apps installed on your PC. A toolbar or an extension supporting the hijacker can also redirect you. An extension related to the hijacker can do the following:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Read and change your browsing history
- Manage your downloads
- Manage your apps, add-ons, extensions and themes
Every bit of information you type into the search engine of FromDocToPDF.com can be collected. The page of the search engine will also be set as your homepage and new tab and has the int.search.myway.com/search/ address.
The results of your search queries can be incorrect or misleading. In the search results or on web pages there are different advertisements showing in the form of in-text links, messages, banners, and pop-ups. You can see examples on the image down here:
You can get redirected from the advertisement messages, no matter if you click on a pop-up, banner or some link inside a text. All redirects probably generate traffic to webpages, and they receive revenue based on pay-per-click.
Despite the recent change, the policy still states that personal information can be collected, even personally identifiable one. It is not exactly stated what kind of info is to be gathered, but here are two important excerpts quoted from the policy:
Mindspark, its Affiliates, or Service Providers may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.
This means that using any services or products related not only to FromDocToPDF.com but Mindspark as well, gives your approval for information collection. All of your gathered data may be shared with third parties. You should remove this undesirable application immediately. Free online programs exist, converting to various formats, which don’t collect information from you.
Remove FromDocToPDF.com Completely
To remove FromDocToPDF.com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a tool will keep your PC secure in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove FromDocToPDF.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FromDocToPDF.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FromDocToPDF.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FromDocToPDF.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FromDocToPDF.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FromDocToPDF.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FromDocToPDF.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove FromDocToPDF.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FromDocToPDF.com
Step 2: Uninstall FromDocToPDF.com 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 FromDocToPDF.com 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 FromDocToPDF.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FromDocToPDF.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FromDocToPDF.com 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 FromDocToPDF.com 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 FromDocToPDF.com files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as FromDocToPDF.com, 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 FromDocToPDF.com 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 FromDocToPDF.com 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 FromDocToPDF.com 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 FromDocToPDF.com 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 FromDocToPDF.com will be removed.
Eliminate FromDocToPDF.com 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.