This article provides removal for Search.searchcfpdf.com browser hijacker. By following the step-by-step instructions presented at the end, you will remove the infection completely from affected browsers and system.
The suspicious domain Search.searchcfpdf.com may appear in your browser after an unintended install of a potentially unwanted program. The website is considered to be a browser hijacker due to its capabilities to modify essential browser settings without your prior consent. Thus, Search.searchcfpdf.com changes the settings of your preferred homepage and new tab page. Afterward, the main page of Search.searchcfpdf.com shows up each time you open the affected browser. In case that you insist on your online security and care for the sensitive data you provide during browsing sessions be advised to remove Search.searchcfpdf.com from the affected system as soon as possible.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The suspicious domain Search.searchcfpdf.com hijacks the homepage and new tab page in each affected browser. Its rogue search engine is set as a default one.|
|Symptoms||Affected browsers display the main page of Search.searchcfpdf.com redirect as homepage and new tab page. Many redirects occur during browsing sessions. The browser becomes sluggish due to an increased number of online advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Search.searchcfpdf.com – Ways of Distribution
The distribution of Search.searchcfpdf.com may be realized with the help of shady techniques. Regularly the installers of third-party programs deliver the unwanted program on the system. Do you remember the last useful app that you downloaded and installed for free? Well, it may be the reason why your browser is hijacked by Search.searchcfpdf.com. As users often install free programs that seem attractive and useful, many companies that push nasty browser hijackers like Search.searchcfpdf.com choose to distribute their products via the installers of various free apps. In addition, the installers that incorporate potentially unwanted programs keep the spicy details hidden so they can trick you into installing them. Happily, the Advanced/Custom configuration options of some freeware could reveal the details and give you a chance to cancel the installation of all undesired extras. And we recommend you to select them each time you install desired software.
Search.searchcfpdf.com redirect may be pushed by dubious browser extensions as well. Such extension can be designed to modify browser settings so they can set the suspicious domain as homepage, new tab page and default search engine.
Search.searchcfpdf.com is believed to harass Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari browser users.
Search.searchcfpdf.com – More Details
In case of infection the domain Search.searchcfpdf.com may be set as a browser homepage and new tab page while its search engine as a default one. Once these modifications are done the redirect shows up each time you open the affected browser. Currently, the redirect’s main page looks like this:
As you may notice, the so-called “search engine” provided by Search.searchcfpdf.com is a hoax one as it is nothing more than a search field. In fact, Search.searchcfpdf.com redirects to Yahoo search each time you enter a query. The redirect only pretends to be a search engine but instead aims to obtain certain details about you and your online behavior. As long as it is your default search engine it can record all your search queries as well as visited websites on its servers.
Your data is usually used for the advertising campaigns launched by Search.searchcfpdf.com owners. So you may see an increased number of banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, videos, new tab pages, images and other types of ads all over your browser. The purpose of Search.searchcfpdf.com is to trick you into clicking the displayed ads as its owners get paid for each ad click. However, all these intrusive ads can slow down the performance of your browser and can even crash at times. What’s more some ads may land on compromised web pages that install severe malware infections on the PC.
So as long as Search.searchcfpdf.com is your search engine of choice you agree with the collection of the following details:
- Visited URLs and websites
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Search queries on the visited web pages
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
- Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system
To prevent some serious privacy-related issues that could occur by using Search.searchcfpdf.com services, you need to remove it completely from the system.
Remove Search.searchcfpdf.com Redirect
The detailed guide below shows how to remove Search.searchcfpdf.com redirect from all affected browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Interner Explorer, Safari) and the Windows system. In some cases, the manual removal may not be enough to eliminate completely the redirect as some leftovers may remain on the system. For maximum efficiency, be advised to complete both the manual and the automatic removal steps.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.searchcfpdf.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.searchcfpdf.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.searchcfpdf.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.searchcfpdf.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.searchcfpdf.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.searchcfpdf.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.searchcfpdf.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search.searchcfpdf.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.searchcfpdf.com
Step 2: Uninstall Search.searchcfpdf.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 Search.searchcfpdf.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 Search.searchcfpdf.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.searchcfpdf.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.searchcfpdf.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 Search.searchcfpdf.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 Search.searchcfpdf.com files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search.searchcfpdf.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 Search.searchcfpdf.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 Search.searchcfpdf.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 Search.searchcfpdf.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 Search.searchcfpdf.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 Search.searchcfpdf.com will be removed.
Eliminate Search.searchcfpdf.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.