Remove FreePDFCombiner (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari)

By | Posted on June 25, 2018 | Updated on October 25, 2018

Another addition to family of unwanted program that occupies homepage is FreePDFCombiner. It is endorsed as browser extension that allows user to merge multiple PDF files into one right at the homepage or new tab of the browser. It may appear as useful tool, but not every web users are compassionate to have it on the browser. To some, FreePDFCombiner is not essential therefore having it on the browser is just purely displeasure. The problem is, FreePDFCombiner can be installed on random computers through third-party programs and freeware bundles. This means that some users never have an intention to load this extension.

Due to unforeseen appearance of FreePDFCombiner, some people think that computer is under virus attack. Technically speaking, adware such as this threat is not classified as viruses because it is not literally contagious. Unlike viruses, FreePDFCombiner never affects any files on the computer. Adware do not spread on other computers on its own which most viruses does.

FreePDFCombiner was made to inflict unsolicited changes on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari browsers. The objective is to dominate default search engine and start-up pages. For whatever purpose, makers of FreePDFCombiner is anticipating to collect online information and browsing data from users. In addition, creators of this adware needs to generate online profit through the display of advertisements on search result pages as well as modified homepage.

FreePDFCombiner Toolbar

In order to stop discontent and restore browser’s previous normal working state, it is vital to delete FreePDFCombiner extension. In addition, scanning the computer with virus and malware removal tool is essential to find and delete malicious objects associated to this threat.

Online Security Scanner Report for freepdfcombiner.com:

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 Updated: June 25, 2018
MCAfee Site Advisor Minimal risk Feedback: No data Updated: June 25, 2018
Transparency Report Currently Safe Feedback: No data Updated: June 25, 2018

FreePDFCombiner Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised computer.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to FreePDFCombiner.

Remove FreePDFCombiner Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

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

FreePDFCombiner Chrome Extension

3. Find FreePDFCombiner or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Uninstall FreePDFCombiner Extension from Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

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

FreePDFCombiner Firefox Extension

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for objects that is pertaining to FreePDFCombiner and remove it from the browser.

Delete FreePDFCombiner Extension from Safari

1. Run Safari browser application.

2. Click on Safari Settings icon located on upper right corner of the window.

3. Choose Preferences from the drop-down list.

4. On Extension window, select Extensions tab.

FreePDFCombiner Safari Extension

5. Select FreePDFCombiner or relevant entry and remove it from Safari.

6. Lastly, go to Safari Settings once again and select Downloads from the drop down list.

7. If freepdfcombiner.safariextz is present, click on Clear button to remove the unwanted extension.

Remove freepdfcombiner.safariextz

Remove FreePDFCombiner 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 FreePDFCombiner from Toolbars and Extension and Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If FreePDFCombiner is still present on the IE browser, 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 FreePDFCombiner

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

Stage 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 FreePDFCombiner on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by FreePDFCombiner.

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, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to FreePDFCombiner.

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.

Stage 3: Remove FreePDFCombiner Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

Preceding steps may have removed FreePDFCombiner from the browser already. This next procedure is needed to double-check that browser is free from any adware remnants especially from FreePDFCombiner. Avast Browser Cleanup is a free tool that restores the browser to its initial, clean state. It will get rid of annoying browser extensions, toolbars, and search hijackers.

1. Click the link below to download this free tool.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. To run the installer, please double-click the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. Run the tool to start analyzing the browsers. It will state whether browser is free from threats or cleanup is needed. Perform suggested cleanup if the tool found suspicious extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. If Avast Browser Cleanup verifies if you want to permanently delete suspicious entries, click Yes to proceed with the removal of FreePDFCombiner.

Stage 4: 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 possible presence of virus, malware, rootkit, adware as well as unwanted homepage like FreePDFCombiner.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

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 FreePDFCombiner.

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 FreePDFCombiner and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

sophos-startscan

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from FreePDFCombiner

Not all adware and PUP’s are the same. Some cannot be removed by deleting relevant extensions and codes. On this instances, resetting the browser to default configuration is the only best solution. If FreePDFCombiner is still bothering you after completing all the steps above, please execute the procedures below to reset the settings of affected browser program.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete FreePDFCombiner

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 FreePDFCombiner, 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 FreePDFCombiner 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. FreePDFCombiner should be gone by now. Click Finish to close the current window and open a fresh window of Mozilla Firefox.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

1. Open Safari browser.

2. Click on the Safari Settings icon located on upper right corner of the browser window.

3. Select Reset Safari from the drop-down list.

4. Pop-up window will appear. You may select all boxes for total reset or follow the options below if you only want to remove FreePDFCombiner from Safari browser.

5. Please restart Safari browser for changes to take effect.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer browser.

2. On top menu, click Tools, and then Internet Options. It will open a new window.

3. Select Advanced tab. See image below.

IE Reset

4. On Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button to start the restoration procedures.

This process will not affect browsing history, bookmarks, and favorites. Add-ons and other integrated codes will be deleted including those that are linked to FreePDFCombiner. If you choose to perform the procedure manually, please view instructions here.

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