This page aims to help you remove Pdfconverterhub.com Pop up Ad. Our removal instructions work for Chrome,Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and Mac OSX.
If you have recently started to have problems with your browser such as an unusually high number of advertisements and online offers that get displayed on your screen during browsing time or replacements of some of the components in your browser (e.g. the new-tab page, the homepage, the search engine and the toolbar buttons, then you will probably find the contents of this article quite helpful. Here, we will tell you about the so-called browser hijacker/browser redirect apps and about one of its most recently developed representatives known under the name of Pdfconverterhub.com. We will additionally help our readers remove any such potentially unwanted apps from their browsers and computers so stay with us in case the symptoms we listed at the start of the article are something that you are currently struggling with.
What’s a browser hijacker?
Hijackers are apps compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and pretty much any other popular browsing program that you may think of – there are even specialized hijackers for Mac computers that can get attached to the Safari browser. Before you start to panic, however, we need to tell you that a hijacker is not as dangerous as a malware threat like a Trojan Horse or like a cryptovirus of the Ransomware category. Hijackers are different from actual malware and, in fact, they are usually legal and distributed through legitimate means. That being said, you are still not advised to keep such an application inside the system of your computer – the regular display of ads and the page-redirecting service of apps like Pdfconverterhub.com is not only annoying but could also be hazardous to your system’s security (more on that later). Therefore, we suggest that you take a look at the guide instructions below and use them as means of uninstalling Pdfconverterhub.com from your computer.
Why it’s important to remove hijackers when they are inside your system
Even if we aren’t talking about Ransomware or Spyware or any other form of nasty malware programs such as Trojan Horses, the very presence of a hijacker in your system is a potential security hazard. Now, the purpose of Pdfconverterhub.com is mainly related to advertising stuff on your screen – the ads that the hijacker generates earn money for the developer of the pesky app. However, not all (if any) of the ads browser hijackers could show on your screen are verified as safe and some of them may indeed be linked to unreliable Internet locations that you shouldn’t visit. Sadly, oftentimes a malware contamination could occur from a single click on the wrong piece of online content and that is why we always try to remind our readers to stay safe on the Internet and also to remove any junk programs and apps such as browser hijackers from their computers in order to avoid any potential security risks. As we said above, the guide posted on this page contains detailed instructions on what you’d need to do so as to remove Pdfconverterhub.com from your system so be sure to give it a go if you currently have this hijacker.
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 Pdfconverterhub.com 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.
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 Pdfconverterhub.com 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 Pdfconverterhub.com 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 Pdfconverterhub.com and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Pdfconverterhub.com 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.