PDFSearchHQ is a browser hijacker that affects main browser settings without asking for permission. Once added to the browser, this program leaves you no other choice but to use its deceptive services. The sooner you remove this app, the better as it may be spying on your online activities. Such apps are known to attempt to monetize their presence on affected systems by delivering lots of annoying ads. A security concern is that the program may display ads that link to poorly secured or hacked websites that can endanger the overall system security.
Security experts recommend the removal of PDFSearchHQ from the affected browser and system.
|Name||PDFSearchHQ (pdfsearchhq.com) also known as PUP.PDFSearchHQ|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||A questionable browser extension that hijacks the homepage, new tab page and default search engine in Chrome browser. All modifications happen without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser are set to dislay a hoax search engine pushed by PDFSearchHQ hijacker. Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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PDFSearchHQ Browser Hijacker
PDFSearchHQ is a potentially undesired program that many anti-malware programs flag as a browser hijacker. Its odd behavior is related to unwanted changes in main browsing preferences. Unfortunately, as a typical potentially unwanted program, PDFSearchHQ is likely to apply changes to installed browsers without notifying you.
Once started on a target system, the hijacker replaces the start pages, new tab pages, and default search engines of target web browsers with a hoax search engine. Its related search engine is hosted on the domain portal.pdfsearchhq.com.
No matter which of the installed browsers is affected by the hijacker (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Opera) you should refrain from using its services. The program may try to present you with different types of online ads including search results that link to corrupted web pages that download and activate malicious code.
Beware that this bogus application may also activate tracking technologies in order to obtain various details and define your interests.
How you might have installed such an undesired app is via the installer another supposedly useful app. Sometimes extra apps (PUPs) are hidden in apps’ installers to trick people into installing them inadvertently. A good way to prevent your system from being affected by undesired apps is to select the Advanced/Custom configuration option. There you could find more details about all installer’s components and eventually opt-out of the installation of those you don’t want.
For the sake of your PC security, it’s best to consider the complete removal of PDFSearchHQ from the affected browser and system.
Remove PDFSearchHQ Hijacker
In order to remove PDFSearchHQ browser hijacker along with all associated files, you should complete several removal steps in precise order. The guide below presents you with a manual and an automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual PDFSearchHQ removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
- Guide 1: How to Remove PDFSearchHQ from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of PDFSearchHQ from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove PDFSearchHQ from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase PDFSearchHQ from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall PDFSearchHQ from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove PDFSearchHQ from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate PDFSearchHQ from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove PDFSearchHQ from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PDFSearchHQ
Step 2: Uninstall PDFSearchHQ 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 PDFSearchHQ 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 PDFSearchHQ there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of PDFSearchHQ from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall PDFSearchHQ 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 PDFSearchHQ 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 PDFSearchHQ files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as PDFSearchHQ, 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 PDFSearchHQ 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 PDFSearchHQ 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 PDFSearchHQ 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 PDFSearchHQ 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 PDFSearchHQ will be removed.
Eliminate PDFSearchHQ 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.