How to remove SearchPDFConverterz

If homepage or any section of internet browser application is constantly redirected to Feed.searchpdfconverterz.com, it denotes that computer is under the control of potentially unwanted program (PUP). The particular threat for this kind of attack is named SearchPDFConverterz. It was categorized as PUP mainly because computer users are unaware of the installation and they did not provide authority for the setup. In addition, web users are totally oblivious on its entry to their computer because they did not initiate the downloading of SearchPDFConverterz.

Once the adware is installed and functions as browser extension, it commits changes to settings and assigns Feed.searchpdfconverterz.com as the default homepage and search engine. Due to this, computer security professionals dubbed SearchPDFConverterz as browser hijacker and listed under the category of PUP. The threat can dominate the infected browser program including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. For sure, attackers have an imperative reason for these browser takeovers and here is some of it:

  • SearchPDFConverterz wants to control online search of web user.
  • It aims to generate revenue by exhibiting different kinds of advertisements.
  • Attackers are able to display their own ad scheme like paid links and banners on search result pages.
  • The threat wants to promote client’s website by redirecting search page to sponsored sites.
  • SearchPDFConverterz is able to track web users browsing activities and display targeted or personalized ads.
  • It redirects browser pages to predefined websites and promotes associated adware.

SearchPDFConverterz

With the given grounds of taking over the control of internet browser program, not a single reason is beneficial to end user. This confirms that operation of SearchPDFConverterz is solely for the advantage of adware makers and the presence of this browser extension is clearly exploiting the compromised internet software. For this reason, we suggest the immediate removal of SearchPDFConverterz using the guide on this page. Also included in the procedures are effective anti-malware and anti-virus tools that should take care of eliminating hidden files associated with SearchPDFConverterz adware.

SearchPDFConverterz Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised computer. The guide includes procedures to remove the unwanted URL Searchpdfconverterz.com that may have taken over the homepage.

In order to totally eliminate the adware SearchPDFConverterz and its relevant malicious domain Searchpdfconverterz.com, it is vital to follow the remove process in exact manner.

Instant Removal : Scan the computer with Anti-malware Program

To remove SearchPDFConverterz automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful anti-malware tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering internet browser threat like SearchPDFConverterz that slows down online browsing activities. Right after the threat removal, the unwanted web address Searchpdfconverterz.com from homepage is expected to be eliminated too.

1. Download the free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.

2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MBSetup.exe.

3. Proceed with the installation using only the default setup. If you need the complete setup procedure, it is available on the download page.

4. After the installation process, click Get Started to run the program.

5. Continue with the prompts until the main program opens.

6. On Malwarebytes Anti-malware console, click on Scan to run the most comprehensive detection method and find any hidden items linked to SearchPDFConverterz as well as Searchpdfconverterz.com pop-ups and hijacker.

7. Wait for the anti-malware to finish scanning the computer.

MBAM Scan

8. When scanning is done, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will display the list of identified threats. Remove all identified threats because one of those might be the responsible for showing of SearchPDFConverterz. Please restart the computer when necessary.

The chances of stopping Searchpdfconverterz.com pop-ups or redirects is also possible after the threat removal. If it still remains, please follow the Searchpdfconverterz.com pop-up removal guide.

The computer should now be free from SearchPDFConverterz. If you feel that the above solution is not sufficient in getting rid of the browser hijacker, please proceed with the succeeding steps.

Step 1 : Delete Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using an add-on called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. This is the reason why Searchpdfconverterz.com is set on homepage and search tool. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to SearchPDFConverterz.

Remove SearchPDFConverterz Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Chrome Extensions

3. Find SearchPDFConverterz or relevant entry like Searchpdfconverterz.com and remove it from Google Chrome.

SearchPDFConverterz Chrome Extension

Uninstall SearchPDFConverterz Extension from Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Firefox Extensions

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to SearchPDFConverterz or Searchpdfconverterz.com and remove it from the browser.

Remove SearchPDFConverterz Add-ons from Internet Explorer

1. Open Internet Explorer program.

2. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries of SearchPDFConverterz from Toolbars and Extension and remove Searchpdfconverterz.com Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If SearchPDFConverterz is still present on the IE browser and homepage is still under the control of Searchpdfconverterz.com, another option is to remove the adware from Windows Control Panel.

5. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

6. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on ‘Installed On‘ column.

Add-Remove Adware

7. Select SearchPDFConverterz or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Step 2 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of SearchPDFConverterz on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications that also causes Searchpdfconverterz.com pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by SearchPDFConverterz and Searchpdfconverterz.com.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions (SearchPDFConverterz), plug-ins, adware, and pop-up makers like Searchpdfconverterz.com.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Step 3 : Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

Lastly, we will scan the computer with a multi-function security program. This will inspect the computer for SearchPDFConverterz and any possible presence of virus, malware, rootkit, as well as unwanted homepage like Searchpdfconverterz.com.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.

2. Once the download completes, browse the location of the file. Double-click to run the program and begin the install process. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

sophos_exe

3. On first windows of installation wizard, click Next to continue. Then, it will display the program’s License Agreement. You need to Accept the terms in order to proceed.

4. On succeeding windows, click Next or Continue to carry on with the installation. After completing the installation process, Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool.

5. Internet connection is required when running this scanner in order to download important updates. Make sure that everything is up-to-date to effectively remove malicious program like SearchPDFConverterz. The tool is also helpful in eliminating the source of Searchpdfconverterz.com pop-ups and redirects.

6. Click the button to carry out the Scan. This will check the system for presence of malicious objects, malware, and viruses. The tool reveals items that were found linked to SearchPDFConverterz and other suspicious entities that redirects the homepage to Searchpdfconverterz.com. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

sophos-startscan

Option : Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from SearchPDFConverterz

Not all adware and PUP's are the same. Some cannot be removed by deleting relevant extensions and codes. On this instance, resetting the browser to default configuration is the only best solution. If SearchPDFConverterz is still bothering you after completing all the steps above and Searchpdfconverterz.com pop-ups and homepage remains, please execute the procedures below to reset the settings of affected browser program.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete SearchPDFConverterz

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. Type this strings in the address box: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter on keyboard.

3. Scroll down and expand Advanced settings area.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see Reset and Cleanup section.

5. Click on Clean Up Computer. On next page, please click FIND to proceed.

Clean Up Computer

This feature of Google Chrome aims to find harmful software and remove it instantly. If unable to delete SearchPDFConverterz, the other option is to Reset Google Chrome settings to its original defaults. Just go back to previous page (Clean Up Computer) and reset the settings. See more details on this page.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If Mozilla Firefox is affected by SearchPDFConverterz adware and procedures above were not helpful, we suggest that you carry out these steps. This process can fix the issue by restoring Firefox browser to default factory state. Most browser data will be affected but not bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and internet cookies. Extensions and other installed plug-ins maybe deleted by this function. Therefore, if you wish to remove specific extension only, please see manual add-on removal from this link.

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and type the following in the address bar: about:support

2. Browser will be directed to a page of Troubleshooting Information. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating "Give Firefox a Tune Up". Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. Confirmation window will pop-up, click Refresh Firefox to continue.

4. The reset process will automatically close the browser and proceed with the restoration. Next, it will display a list of restored data. SearchPDFConverterz should be gone by now. Click Finish to close the current window and open a fresh window of Mozilla Firefox. Homepage should now reveal the legitimate URL and not Searchpdfconverterz.com.

How to remove Searchpdfconverterz.com Pop-ups (Notification)

Most of the time, browser hijackers are combined with intrusive pop-up ads originating from the source website Searchpdfconverterz.com. It is taking advantage of push notification feature of popular internet programs like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Edge. These pop-up ads from Searchpdfconverterz.com are extra ordinary as it exceeds the normal display volume and they are certainly annoying.

Searchpdfconverterz.com

Normally, Searchpdfconverterz.com pop-ups will start to bombard internet browser screen with pop-ups if web user was deceived to click “Allow” button that triggers the said website to send push notification. To stop Searchpdfconverterz.com from showing the pop-ups, please execute the procedures below. Remember, these steps may only be successful after the removal of the main component or dubious browser extension.

Google Chrome

1. On Google Chrome browser, input the following in the address bar and press Enter:

chrome://settings/content/notifications

2. Navigate to the list under "Allow" section and look for Searchpdfconverterz.com.

3. Click the ellipses (3 dots) beside Searchpdfconverterz.com list to reveal the options.

Chrome Push Notification

4. Click on Block or Remove to stop Searchpdfconverterz.com from displaying pop-up ads on Google Chrome browser.

6. Please restart Google Chrome browser.

Mozilla Firefox

1. On Mozilla Firefox browser, type the following in the address bar and press Enter key:

about:preferences#privacy

2. Navigate below to Permission area and look for Notifications.

Firefox Notification Settings

3. Click the Settings button aligned with the Notifications.

4. Look for Searchpdfconverterz.com entry and change the Status to Block.

Block Notification from Firefox

5. Click on Save Changes and restart Mozilla Firefox and check if Searchpdfconverterz.com pop-up is gone.

Safari (Mac)

1. On top menu, click on Safari and then, select Preferences from the drop-down list.

2. Click on Websites tab to open its settings.

3. Select Notifications from the left sidebar.

4. On right panel, it will display a list of websites with "Allow" attribute.

5. Find and click on Searchpdfconverterz.com.

6. You may choose to Deny or Remove it from the notification list.

7. You may now restart Safari browser and see if Searchpdfconverterz.com pop-up is gone.

Microsoft Edge

1. Assuming that Edge browser is open, click on the ellipses (3 dots) on upper right corner to open the Settings. Alternatively, you can press Alt + X on the keyboard.

2. Select Settings from the drop-down list.

3. Click on Advanced.

4. Under Website Permissions area, click on Manage Permissions button.

Edge Push Notification

4. Find and select Searchpdfconverterz.com from the list. Click on X button to stop it from showing pop-up ads or notifications.

Edge Notification Removal

5. You may now restart Edge browser.

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