Remove PDFConverterSearch4Free virus

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PDFConverterSearch4Free is a browser hijacker. PDFConverterSearch4Free alters the web browser settings. PDFConverterSearch4Free also displays advertisements on your computer. PDFConverterSearch4Free is identical to ConverterSearchPlus, ConverterSearchNow, and SearchPDFConverterHD.

PDFConverterSearch4Free is usually recommended on the internet as a helpful new tab or homepage by get.pdfconvertersearch4free.com advertisements.

get.PDFConverterSearch4Free.com popup advertisement

However, in reality, PDFConverterSearch4Free is a browser hijacker that collects all kinds of web browsing history data from your browser settings.

PDFConverterSearch4Free browser permissions

The web browsing data collected by the PDFConverterSearch4Free adware is used for advertising purposes. The browsing data is sold to advertising networks. Because PDFConverterSearch4Free gathers browsing data from your browser, PDFConverterSearch4Free is also classified as (PUP) Potentially Unwanted Program.

PDFConverterSearch4Free browser extension will install itself in the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge browser. No major browser developer yet notices this browser hijacker as dangerous.

PDFConverterSearch4Free Search

If your web browser search engine has changed to feed.pdfconvertersearch4free.com and the PDFConverterSearch4Free adware extension has been installed, remove the PDFConverterSearch4Free extension as soon as possible using this PDFConverterSearch4Free removal instruction.

google chrome logoUninstall PDFConverterSearch4Free extension from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the Google Chrome address bar and press ENTER on your keyboard.
  3. Find the “PDFConverterSearch4Free” browser extension and click Remove.

remove PDFConverterSearch4Free

If the extension is managed by your organization, download chrome policy remover.
Unzip the file, right-click the .bat, and run as administrator.

Instructions for Mac OS X at the end of this instruction.

remove chrome policy

mozilla firefox logoUninstall PDFConverterSearch4Free extension from Firefox

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Type about:addons in the Firefox address bar and press ENTER on your keyboard.
  3. Find the “PDFConverterSearch4Free” browser extension and click the three dots on the right of the PDFConverterSearch4Free extension.
    Select Remove from the menu to remove PDFConverterSearch4Free from the Firefox browser.

internet explorer logoUninstall PDFConverterSearch4Free add-on from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click the menu (wrench icon) in the top right.
  3. Open Manage Addons from the menu.
  4. Remove PDFConverterSearch4Free from Extensions and Toolbars.
  5. On the left open Search Providers settings.
  6. Find PDFConverterSearch4Free Search and Remove PDFConverterSearch4Free Search.

Do you still have PDFConverterSearch4Free in Internet Explorer?

  1. Open Windows Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Click “installed on” column to sort the recently installed applications by date.
  4. Select PDFConverterSearch4Free and click Uninstall.
  5. Follow PDFConverterSearch4Free uninstall instructions.

Follow the next steps to either fully remove PDFConverterSearch4Free adware from Windows or Mac. Scroll down for Mac instructions.

windowsRemove PDFConverterSearch4Free adware from Windows

Remove PDFConverterSearch4Free adware with Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes is a complete malware removal tool for Windows.

Malwarebytes is free to use.

The PDFConverterSearch4Free adware redirects your web browser to misleading advertisements that encourage adware applications.
Make sure to completely clean your computer from adware with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is an essential tool in the fight against malware.

Download Malwarebytes

Install Malwarebytes, follow on-screen instructions. Click Scan to start a malware-scan.

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Wait for the Malwarebytes scan to finish. Once completed, review the Azoaltou.com adware detections.

Click Quarantine to continue.

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Reboot Windows after all the adware detections are moved to quarantine.

Reboot Windows - Malwarebytes

Continue to the next step to remove unwanted programs and malware

Remove unwanted programs and malware with Sophos HitmanPRO

In this malware removal step, we will start a second scan to make sure there are no malware remnants left on your computer. HitmanPRO is a cloud scanner that scans every active file for malicious activity on your computer and sends it to the Sophos cloud for detection. In the Sophos cloud both Bitdefender antivirus and Kaspersky antivirus scan the file for malicious activities.

Download HitmanPRO

When you have downloaded HitmanPRO install the HitmanPro 32-bit or HitmanPRO x64. Downloads are saved to the Downloads folder on your computer.

Open HitmanPRO to start installation and scan.

install hitmanpro

Accept the Sophos HitmanPRO license agreement to continue. Read the license agreement, check the box, and click on Next.

hitmanpro license

Click the Next button to continue Sophos HitmanPRO installation. Make sure to create a copy of HitmanPRO for regular scans.

hitmanpro installation scan settings

HitmanPRO begins with a scan, wait for the antivirus scan results.

Hitmanpro classifying scan

When the scan is done, click Next and activate the free HitmanPRO license. Click on Activate Free license.

hitmanpro activate free license

Enter your e-mail for a Sophos HitmanPRO free thirty days license. Click on Activate.

hitmanpro free license email

The free HitmanPRO license is successfully activated.

hitmanpro license activated

You’ll be presented with the malware removal results, click Next to continue.

hitmanpro malware removal results

Malicious software was partially removed from your computer. Restart your computer to complete removal.

hitmanpro reboot computer

Bookmark this page before you reboot your computer to continue the next PDFConverterSearch4Free removal steps.

Continue to the next step to reset the Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge web browser (optional)

If you still have problems with the web browser consider a full reset of the web browser.

Reset Google Chrome

In the Google Chrome address bar type, or copy and paste: chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings

Click the Reset Settings button to fully reset Google Chrome to the default settings. When you are done restart the Chrome browser.

reset Google Chrome

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In the Firefox address bar type, or copy and paste: about:support
Click the Refresh Firefox button to fully reset Firefox to the default settings. When you are done restart the Firefox browser.

reset firefox browser

Reset Microsoft Edge

In the Microsoft Edge address bar type, or copy and paste: edge://settings/resetProfileSettings
Click the Refresh button to fully reset Edge to the default settings. When you are done restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

reset microsoft edge

Your Windows computer is now free from adware, malware, and unwanted programs. If you still have problems ask for my help using the comments.

apple logoUninstall PDFConverterSearch4Free adware from Mac

Remove PDFConverterSearch4Free with Malwarebytes for Mac

In this first step for Mac, you need to remove PDFConverterSearch4Free adware that is responsible for the unwanted advertisements with Malwarebytes for Mac. Malwarebytes is the best software to remove unwanted programs, adware, and browser hijackers from your Mac. Malwarebytes is free to detect and remove adware on your Mac computer.

Download Malwarebytes (Mac OS X)

You can find the Malwarebytes installation file in the Downloads folder on your Mac. Double click the installation file to begin.

Follow instructions in the Malwarebytes installation file. Click the Get Started button.

malwarebytes for mac installation step 1

Where are you installing Malwarebytes on a personal computer or on a work computer? Make your choice by clicking any of the buttons.

malwarebytes for mac installation step 2

Make your choice to either use the Free version of Malwarebytes or the Premium version. The premium versions include protection against ransomware and offer real-time protection against malware.
Both Malwarebytes free and premium are able to detect and remove malware from your Mac.

malwarebytes for mac installation step 3

Malwarebytes needs “Full Disk Access” permission in Mac OS X to scan your harddisk for malware. Click Open Preferences.

malwarebytes for mac installation step 5

In the left panel click on “Full Disk Access”. Check the Malwarebytes Protection and close the settings.

malwarebytes for mac installation step 6

Go back to Malwarebytes and click the Scan button to begin scanning your Mac for malware.

malwarebytes for mac start scan

Click on the Quarantine button to delete the found malware.

malwarebytes for mac remove malware

Reboot your Mac to complete the malware removal process.

malwarebytes for mac reboot

When the removal process is done, continue to the next step.

Continue to the next step to remove unwanted browser settings from Safari, Chrome, or Firefox (Mac)

Uninstall PDFConverterSearch4Free adware from Safari for Mac

Open the Safari browser. In the left top corner click on Safari. In the Safari menu click on Preferences. Open the “Extensions” tab.
Click on the extension you would like to remove, make sure to check for PDFConverterSearch4Free installed Safari extension, and click on “Uninstall”.

uninstall extension Safari for Mac

Uninstall PDFConverterSearch4Free from Google Chrome for Mac

Open the Google Chrome browser on Mac. In the address bar type: chrome://extensions/. Verify all listed browser extensions.
If you notice a PDFConverterSearch4Free extension, click the Remove button to uninstall the PDFConverterSearch4Free extension from Google Chrome.

remove extension from Google Chrome mac

Some malware programs create policy’s to prevent users from resetting browser configurations such as the web browser’s homepage and the search engine. If you cannot change your homepage or search engine in the Google Chrome browser you might want to remove the policies created by the malware to restore the browser’s configurations.

Remove unwanted profile from your Mac

First, you need to remove unwanted profiles from your Mac, follow the steps.

Click the Apple symbol () in the top left corner on Mac OS X, click on “Preferences” in the menu bar, and select “Profiles”. If profiles don’t exist you do not have any malicious profile installed on your Mac.

Select the “AdminPrefs“, “Chrome Profile“, or “Safari profile” and delete it.

Next, you need to check if there are policies created for Google Chrome. Open the Chrome browser, in the address bar type: chrome://policy.
If there are policies loaded into the Chrome browser, follow the steps below to remove the policies.

On the Applications folder on your Mac, go to Utilities and Open the Terminal application.

open Terminal application mac

Enter the following commands in the Terminal application, press ENTER after each command.

  • defaults write com.google.Chrome HomepageIsNewTabPage -bool false
  • defaults write com.google.Chrome NewTabPageLocation -string “https://www.google.com/”
  • defaults write com.google.Chrome HomepageLocation -string “https://www.google.com/”
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderSearchURL
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderNewTabURL
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderName
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome ExtensionInstallSources

Remove “Managed by your Organization” from Google Chrome on Mac

Some adware and malware on Mac force the browser’s homepage and search engine using a setting known as “Managed by your organization”. If you see the browser extension or settings in Google chrome is forced using the “Managed by your organization” setting, follow the steps below.

Make sure to bookmark this webpage and open it in another web browser, you need to Quit Google Chrome.

On the Applications folder on your Mac, go to Utilities and Open the Terminal application.

open Terminal application mac

Enter the following commands in the Terminal application, press ENTER after each command.

  • defaults write com.google.Chrome BrowserSignin
  • defaults write com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderEnabled
  • defaults write com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderKeyword
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome HomePageIsNewTabPage
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome HomePageLocation
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome ImportSearchEngine
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome NewTabPageLocation
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome ShowHomeButton
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome SyncDisabled

Restart Google Chrome when you are done.

Uninstall PDFConverterSearch4Free Add-on from Mozilla Firefox for Mac

Open the Firefox browser. In the address bar type: about:addons. Verify all installed Firefox add-ons.
If you notice the PDFConverterSearch4Free add-on, click the Remove button to uninstall the add-on from Firefox.

remove addon from firefox mac

Your Mac should be free of malware, and the PDFConverterSearch4Free adware. If you still need help you ask for my help in the comments.

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