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How to Remove Pdfconverter.pro Browser Hijacker

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This article aims to help you with the removal of Pdfconverter.pro hijacker from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of this nasty undesired program in full.

Pdfconverter.pro is browser hijacker that provides hoax search engine along with quick access to PDF conversion website and several popular websites. It is designed to modify basic browser settings without asking for your permission. Once this happens you start to see its main page on the homepage and each new tab you open in the browser. Additionally, its unfunctional search engine is set as a default one. Among the other side effects that occur after an infection with Pdfconverter.pro hijacker are data collection and aggressive advertising.

Threat Summary

Name Pdfconverter.pro
Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short Description Pdfconverter.pro is the domain of suspicious website that affects commonly used web browsers by modifying the settigns of their homepages and new tab pages. Its rogue search engine hijacks the default ones.
Symptoms The homepage and new tab page of affected browsers redirect to the main page of the suspicious Pdfconverter.pro website. Many advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Pdfconverter.pro – Distribution

Pdfconverter.pro is considered to be a potentially unwanted program that aims to trick you into installing it unintentionally on your device. For the purpose, its owners distribute it with the help of shady techniques. The installers of third-party apps are often used to conceal the presence of hijackers like Pdfconverter.pro. In order that you got tricked into installing incorporated infection code, the regular installation steps do not reveal any information about it. The good news is that there is a prevention tip that could keep bundled unwanted programs away from your PC. To avoid unnoticed installation of PUPs like Pdfconverter.pro find out the Advanced or Custom configuration steps and read carefully what is stated there. In case that you find any undesired apps that are set to install by default opt out their installation and then continue with the install process.

Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari could be hijacked by Pdfconverter.pro search engine.

Pdfconverter.pro – More About Its Impact

Even though Pdfconverter.pro looks like a normal website that provides a search engine and lots of convenient features including buttons to PDFs conversion website and quick access to several popular websites, it is detected to act like a typical browser hijacker.

Browser hijackers are potentially unwanted programs that modify essential browser settings without the need of your explicit consent. And that’s why you may not remember to ever allow Pdfconverter.pro to be your default search engine.

The suspicious website forces you to use its services by hijacking your browser homepage and new tab page. Its primary purpose is to collect as much information as possible form your browser so it can then start to deliver targeted sponsored content.

pdfconverter.pro browser hijacker affected chrome browser

Have in mind that if you notice the presence of Pdfconverter.pro in your browser there is real chance that a suspicious extension is installed in the browser as well. Once the extension is added to Google Chrome browser it may be able to:

  • 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

As long as all suspicious files, extensions, and plugins associated with Pdfconverter.pro hijacker are running on your PC, your browser may be sluggish and completely unresponsive at times.

Pdfconverter.pro – Privacy Policy

In the policy section of Pdfconverter.pro we found that it is owned by a company called AIR TB & CONSULTING LTD. Apparently, it is a company practice to develop and release dubious websites that act like typical hijackers as it is not the first we detect one owned by them. Back in December 2017 we reported yet another one dubbed Photorito.me. Apparently, as stated in the policy their products are primarily designed to collect a variety of personal and non-personal data from the browsers of all scammed users.

Eventually, as long as Pdfconverter.pro has access to your browser it is considered that you agree with the collection of all details listed below:

  • The searches you perform
  • The pages you view
  • Your name
  • Gender
  • Email address
  • Country of origin
  • Browser type
  • Telephone number
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Household income
  • Zip code
  • All search queries and visited websites

The information may be disclosed to third-party services or businesses partners of AIR TB & CONSULTING LTD. The records of your data could be used for targetted advertising. Unfortunately, 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 Pdfconverter.pro Browser Hijacker

In order to remove Pdfconverter.pro from your PC make sure 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 nasty program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as after a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool you can see the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by Pdfconverter.pro and remove them from the infected PC. In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove Pdfconverter.pro from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Pdfconverter.pro

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Pdfconverter.pro 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Pdfconverter.pro on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Pdfconverter.pro there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Pdfconverter.pro with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Pdfconverter.pro from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Pdfconverter.pro and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Pdfconverter.pro:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Pdfconverter.pro. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Pdfconverter.pro. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Pdfconverter.pro 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Pdfconverter.pro. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



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Remove Pdfconverter.pro 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.


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Erase Pdfconverter.pro 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.



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Uninstall Pdfconverter.pro 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.



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Remove Pdfconverter.pro 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Pdfconverter.pro will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Pdfconverter.pro 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.


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