This page aims to help you remove Pdf Converter Hub “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and Mac OSX.
Dealing with different nagging ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirect links is not as serious as dealing with the effects of a Ransomware file-encryption yet still, these promotional messages can make your web surfing really frustrating if you don’t know how to effectively remove them. They can spam your Chrome,Safari, Firefox, Explorer or any other browser and can cover the entire screen with nagging advertisements and the worst is that, sometimes, they may be generated by a special piece of software which might have secretly nested itself inside your computer system. The applications which are involved in the aggressive generation of advertisements on the people’s screens are generally known as browser hijackers and on this page, we will discuss one of their latest representatives.
Pdf Converter Hub is a browser component, which attaches to many browsers and typically places some changes to their settings, search engine tools and homepages in order to launch its advertising activity. For instance, it may change the main homepage with a sponsored URL or replace the search engine with another one which shows modified search results. Uninstalling this invasive app and stopping it from spamming you with ads may be a bit challenging because it may not be enough to just remove it from the browser’s extension manager. In fact, even reinstalling the browser or changing it with another one may not eliminate the hijacker effectively. This is because most ad-generating and page-redirecting applications of this type are programmed to remain in the system for as long as possible and to promote different pay-per-click adverts for profits. The creators of the hijacker usually do not provide an easily-accessible uninstallation option which is why, if you want to remove Pdf Converter Hub , you may need to seek help elsewhere. Luckily, you are on the right page because right below, there is a dedicated removal guide which explains all the steps that you need to take to safely eliminate Pdf Converter Hub from your computer.
Don’t click on everything that Pdf Converter Hub may display!
The browser hijackers, in general, are not highly problematic pieces of software. They are entirely advertising oriented and are unlikely to initiate criminal actions, to corrupt your system like a Trojan Horse or mess with your data like a Ransomware infection. However, those applications may sometimes indirectly expose you to different sketchy web locations and potential security hazards because they tend to generate so many random advertisements and redirect prompts that it is literally impossible to verify the reliability of them all. Most of the messages, the banners and the pop-ups that you may see may link to unfamiliar third-party sites and the control over their quality may be very low. If you are not careful with where you click, you may accidentally land on misleading pages with questionable content or get exposed to various nagging adverts that may be very hard to remove from the screen. The best way to prevent that is to uninstall the browser hijacker. After all, this is software which, despite not being malicious, still tends to perform activities which it has not been authorized to.
Remove Pdf Converter Hub “Virus”
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Pdf Converter Hub software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Pdf Converter Hub
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Pdf Converter Hub on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Pdf Converter Hub in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Pdf Converter Hub and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Pdf Converter Hub in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.