Proper guide to delete PDFConverterSearchHQ
PDFConverterSearchHQ is an annoying browser toolbar that changes browser homepage and default search engine similar to Google, Yahoo and Bing. It seems that it provides many features such as access to quick edit pdf files and convert it in many formats. But in reality, all such claims made by them are fake and bogus. Thus, presence of these toolbar only causes lots of problems. Furthermore, most PUAs like browser hijacker also function as data collectors.
PDFConverterSearchHQ hijacks popular browsers such as Google chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. It also change the default browser homepage, search engine and new tab and changes to them pdfconvertersearchhq.com. Search queries, search bars and search engines are being constantly redirected through the said domain so that users are unable to search any query on this site. Further, it blocks, task manager, firewall and control panel to make the PC highly risky.
Moreover, this hijacker collects personal information (browsing history, online activities and others). In some cases, they are designed to gather sensitive data as well. After that, PDFConverterSearchHQ developers send this data to third parties for further analyses. Therefore, presence of browser hijacker can be culprits of problems related to web browsing safety, online privacy and other issues. If you find dubious applications or browser extensions on your computer/browsers then you must remove it immediately.
Type: Browser hijacker, unwanted new tab, Search hijacker, Redirect
Infiltration: spam email attachments, updating system software, downloading unwanted programs, harmful websites, suspicious links and performing other online activities.
Functionality: This browser hijacker main intention is to enhance web browsing experience by providing immediate searching results.
Symptoms: modifying web browser settings like default search engine, homepage and new tab URL. After that users are encouraged to visit hijacker’s websites in order to search any query by using their search engines.
Damage: display lots of unwanted and annoying advertisements, redirect to unreliable websites, loss of private information, internet browser tracking (possibly privacy issues).
Removal process: in order to remove PDFConverterSearchHQ from more issues, you are highly suggested to use strong antimalware tool.
How PDFConverterSearchHQ gets on your computer?
PUAs are not viruses but it can cause serious harm to your device. Malicious software comes into your system bundled with free downloads without having users knowledge. However, in most of the cases users download and install it intentionally. Due to these, it is necessary to closely monitor the installation processes and always read users agreement and select the advanced installation mode to know about the everything that the installer offers. Deselect to install components that cause you suspicious. Also, you can use special programs that will help you to protect your device. Another way to accidentally cause such downloads and installations is by clicking on deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of unwanted apps?
It is advised not to download and install software from unofficial websites through peer to peer networks, third party downloader and so on and use only official pages and via direct download links. The most important thing that the ads appear on unreliable pages often are designed to open other pages of this kind. So, users must avoid clicking on it. Always install reputable antivirus software and keep them up-to-date to prevent this malware infection. To remove PDFConverterSearchHQ and all this dubious browser hijacker infection, users are recommended to use some reliable antivirus removal tool.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove PDFConverterSearchHQ:
Remove the related items of PDFConverterSearchHQ using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing PDFConverterSearchHQ issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (PDFConverterSearchHQ) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to PDFConverterSearchHQ removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to PDFConverterSearchHQ still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove PDFConverterSearchHQ plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in PDFConverterSearchHQ removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete PDFConverterSearchHQ (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.