A new browser extension for Google Chrome and other web browsers, called PDF Converter Hub was recently reported to be involved in suspicious activity. The program aims to arrive via websites as a browser extensions and If this happens, the headaches for users may begin. The software may start to perform multiple suspicious and probably malicious activities on the computers it’s added on, which may include aggressive advertising as well as other adverts and software to be added alongside it. It also may change the settings on the web browsers of users so that they lead to various unwanted sites, that may also turn out to be outright malicious. In the events that your computer has recently been affected by PDF Converter, we would strongly recommend that you read this article thoroughly.
|Name||PDF Converter Hub|
|Short Description||May significantly change the settings on your web browser and may show a lot of advertisements. Pretends to be PDF converter browser extension.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your PC.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss PDF Converter Hub.|
PDF Converter Hub – Distribution Methods
One of the main spread methods used by this unwanted program is likely software bundling. You may encounter PDF Converter hub in one of the installation steps of a program you are trying to download and install for free. It may come with a prompt advertising it as a completely legitimate tool aimed at helping to aid your PDF conversion process by providing easy access:
Another way via which the program may arrive on your computer is if you have added it as a result of being redirected or open it’s web-page, which is a well-made, but very aggressive page, asking you to even allow push notifications:
Once added, the program may immediately begin to change the settings of your web browser by removing and adding it’s own custom search page and allowing push and other notifications to begin appearing on your computer.
PDF Converter – Furhter Information
As soon as you add PDF Converter hub to your computer, your web page may immediately change to the following one:
The changed page is actually a hoax search engine, which may display a lot of different custom search results, flooded with ad-supported search results:
Another activity that may be performed as a result of having PDF Converter Hub on your computer is that the software may use different technologies to track you:
- Geo-location trackers.
- Locally Shared Objects, also known as LSOs.
Once the PDF Converter Hub installs and adds itself, the program may use those tracking technologies to obtain different information from your computer. This information may be the following:
- Your search history.
- Your browsing history.
- Your online clicks.
- Your bookmarked websites.
In addition to this, the program may also use those details about you to flood and slow down your computer with numerous different types of advertisements, like:
- Pop-up ads.
- Taken over banner spaces on the sites you visit.
- Browser redirects that lead to various malicious websites.
- Highlighted text ads on the sites you have visited.
Seeing and opening these advertisements on your computer may put it at extreme risk, since they may ultimately lead you to the following dangerous websites:
- Malicious sites that may infect your machine with viruses, such as Trojans, Ransomware and other malware.
- Sites, that may add more extensions of this type.
- Sites that may ask you to accept Push Notifications.
- Websites which may be Tech Support Scams, that may ask you to call a number, while deceiving you that you have a big issue with your PC or Mac.
- Phishing sites, that may pretend as the original login pages of Facebook, Google, Instagram and other big sites.
Remove PDF Converter Hub from Chrome and Your Computer
If you want to fully erase this unwanted and indirectly risky program from your computer, we would strongly suggest that you read the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created with the main idea to provide you with the necessary steps that you need to take to delete PDF Converter Hub manually. Be advised, however, that for maximum effectiveness, it is strongly recommended that you get rid of this software automatically, as security experts would advise. This can happen if you download and run a scan on your computer, using an advanced anti-malware software. This software aims to guarantee you that all the files and strings created by PDF Converter Hub are fully erased from your computer.
- Guide 1: How to Remove PDF Converter Hub from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of PDF Converter Hub from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove PDF Converter Hub from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase PDF Converter Hub from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall PDF Converter Hub from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove PDF Converter Hub from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate PDF Converter Hub from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove PDF Converter Hub from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PDF Converter Hub
Step 2: Uninstall PDF Converter Hub 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 Converter Hub 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 Converter Hub there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of PDF Converter Hub from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall PDF Converter Hub 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 Converter Hub 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove PDF Converter Hub 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 Converter Hub 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 Converter Hub 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 Converter Hub 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 Converter Hub will be removed.
Eliminate PDF Converter Hub 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.