The ProPDFConverterSearch browser hijacker is created and distributed to push a deceptive search engine. A few suspicious files may be installed on the PC to support the activities of this potentially unwanted program.
ProPDFConverterSearch tends to obtain access to computer systems without users’ knowledge. The program alters main browser settings including those of the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine.
This hijacker may activate tracking technologies to harvest specific data about the infected device. Details about online behavior may also be obtained. Then, the app may start to display target adverts with the goal to generate revenue. Note that some of the promoted sites may host online scams, rogue applications, or malware.
In the guide that follows you will find instructions on how to remove ProPDFConverterSearch hijacker from affected browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Explorer, or Edge) and system.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP|
|Short Description||A questionable search enigne that hijacks browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine. Applies unwanted modifications without showing notifications.|
|Symptoms|| The homepage, new tab page and search enigne on installed web browsers may be set to display the hoax search engine.
Affected browsers may be slowed down by an increased number of online ads.
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Sites|
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ProPDFConverterSearch Browser Hijacker – Detailed Overview
ProPDFConverterSearch is one of those search engines that hijack browsers to obtain searches and redirect browsing to other bogus engines. Similar sites are TopPDFSearch, PDFSearchly, and PDFConverterSearchPro. The presence of this site on your browser relates to the unnoticed installation of a potentially unwanted program – a browser hijacker.
The design of this search engine is simple and intuitive as the hijacker aims to stay active on the system for as long as possible. However, browser hijackers are apps that lower online security by activating tracking technologies like cookies, collecting specific data, redirecting affected browsers to other bogus sites, and displaying adverts.
- Visited URLs and websites;
- Type of used browser;
- Search queries;
- Search queries on the visited web pages;
- Operating system type;
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP);
- Internet protocol (IP) address;
- Geographic location;
- Browser’s home page;
- Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system.
Harvested data helps ProPDFConverterSearch’s owners to set shady advertising campaigns that target your interests and demographics. Fraudsters hope that a more precise targeting will make you more prone to visit sponsored web pages. Every click on an ad generated by their tool generates revenue.
Note that some of the ads may link to poorly secured or hacked websites. So, please be careful when interacting with bogus ads and consider a thorough check of the security of your PC.
The usage of the searching services offered by this site should also be avoided. During our research, we identified that the hijacker redirects all searches to Searchlee hijacker. This issue enables both ProPDFConverterSearch and Searchlee hijacker to record data and provide it to unknown actors.
For the sake of your PC and online security, it’s best to consider the immediate removal of ProPDFConverterSearch from the affected browser and system.
How to Remove ProPDFConverterSearch Hijacker
To remove the ProPDFConverterSearch browser hijacker along with all associated files, you should complete several removal steps. The guide below presents you with a manual and an automatic removal approach. In order to get rid of files installed by undesired programs fully and strengthen PC security, we recommend that you combine the steps.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
- Guide 1: How to Remove ProPDFConverterSearch from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of ProPDFConverterSearch on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove ProPDFConverterSearch in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase ProPDFConverterSearch from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall ProPDFConverterSearch from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove ProPDFConverterSearch from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate ProPDFConverterSearch from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable ProPDFConverterSearch Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove ProPDFConverterSearch from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ProPDFConverterSearch
Step 2: Uninstall ProPDFConverterSearch 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 ProPDFConverterSearch 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 ProPDFConverterSearch there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of ProPDFConverterSearch from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall ProPDFConverterSearch 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 ProPDFConverterSearch 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 ProPDFConverterSearch files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as ProPDFConverterSearch, 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 ProPDFConverterSearch 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 ProPDFConverterSearch 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 ProPDFConverterSearch 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 ProPDFConverterSearch 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 ProPDFConverterSearch will be removed.
Eliminate ProPDFConverterSearch 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by ProPDFConverterSearch from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".