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Home.convertpdfpronto.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Pronto PDF Converter browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

How to remove home.convertpdfpronto.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is home.convertpdfpronto.com?

Pronto PDF Converter is a rogue application claiming to allow file conversion to and from the PDF format. Initially, this functionality may appear legitimate and useful, however, Pronto PDF Converter is classed as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) developers promote Pronto PDF Converter using a deceptive software marketing method called "bundling"; 2) Pronto PDF Converter stealthily modifies Internet browser settings, and; 3) Pronto PDF Converter records information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

home.convertpdfpronto.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

This PUP hijacks Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, assigning the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to home.convertpdfpronto.com. Pronto PDF Converter reassign settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, users are unable to return browsers to their previous states and are forced to visit home.convertpdfpronto.com when opening a new browsing tab or searching via the URL bar. These actions are performed without users' consent, significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, Pronto PDF Converter records Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, queries entered into search engines, and other similar information that might be personally identifiable. In addition, developers of Pronto PDF Converter share these details with cooperating third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who attempt to generate revenue by misusing private data. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly advise you to uninstall Pronto PDF Converter immediately.

Pronto PDF Converter is identical to Download Speed Tester, Pronto File Converter, and Pronto Video Converter. Note that all of these apps offer different functionality, and yet, have identical behavior. Research shows that Pronto PDF Converter, and these other apps, are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Claims to provide so-called 'useful features' are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Apps such as Pronto PDF Converter provide no significant value for regular users. These PUPs cause unwanted browser redirects and gather personal data. Furthermore, browser hijackers often promote fake Internet search engines that generate results leading to malicious websites. Therefore, using a fake Internet search engine can lead to various computer infections.

How did home.convertpdfpronto.com install on my computer?

Developers promote Pronto PDF Converter via an official download website, and by using a deceptive software marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software/apps. Therefore, users often install this PUP inadvertently, without their consent - they often rush the download/installation processes and skip most steps. Aware of this, developers conceal bundled programs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of these processes. By skipping this section, users expose their systems to risk of various infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be cautious during the download/installation processes. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each step. Furthermore, decline all offers to download/install additional apps and never allow set-ups to modify options irrelevant to installation.

Screenshot of Pronto PDF Converter Safari browser plug-in:

Pronto PDF Converter Safari extension

Website promoting Pronto PDF Converter:

Dubious website used to promote home.convertpdfpronto.com

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

home.convertpdfpronto.com redirect removal:

Remove home.convertpdfpronto.com-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select “Applications”. In the applications folder, look for “MPlayerX”,“NicePlayer”, or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove pronto pdf converter browser hijacker related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar, choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Pronto PDF Converter browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove pronto pdf converter browser hijacker related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser. From the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove pronto pdf converter browser hijacker related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove pronto pdf converter browser hijacker related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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