Feed.pdf-maker.com Redirect

Also Known As: PDF Maker browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

feed.pdf-maker.com redirect removal instructions

What is feed.pdf-maker.com?

PDF Maker is a dubious application that supposedly allows users to manage PDF files. Its appearance suggests that this app is legitimate and useful, however, PDF Maker is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and a browser hijacker. The main reasons for these negative associations are stealth installation without users' consent, promotion of a fake search engine (feed.pdf-maker.com), and tracking of web browsing activity.

feed.pdf-maker.com browser hijacker

As with most browser hijackers, PDF Maker targets popular browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. After successful infiltration, it assigns the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine options to feed.pdf-maker.com. These changes may seem insignificant, but users are unable to revert them. Research shows that PDF Maker continues to reassign browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible. Unless PDF Maker is uninstalled, users are unable to revert modifications made by this app and, ultimately, they are forced to visit feed.pdf-maker.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. Note that after entering a search query into feed.pdf-maker.com, users are redirected to search.yahoo.com. In other words, they end up searching the web via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine), thus making feed.pdf-maker.com useless and redundant. Information tracking is also common to browser-hijacking applications. Most record internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other information that usually includes personal information. Collected data is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) to generate revenue. Therefore, having a data-tracking app installed on your computer can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to eliminate the PDF Maker browser hijacker and never return to feed.pdf-maker.com.

Threat Summary:
NamePDF Maker browser hijacker
Threat TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
SymptomsManipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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There are hundreds of browser-hijacking apps that share similarities with PDF Maker, including Maxi Buy, Central Hub Radio, and My Search Manager - the list goes on. By offering various "useful features", these apps attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install, however, the only purpose of all browser-hijacking applications is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the functions promised, they cause unwanted redirects and gather information, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a threat to your privacy. Furthermore, some fake search engines generate false results and intrusive advertisements (leading to dubious websites). Thus, using them can lead to various system infections.

How did PDF Maker install on my computer?

PDF Maker has an official download website, however, it often infiltrates systems without permission, since developers proliferate PDF Maker using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" and intrusive advertising. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party programs with regular software. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Intrusive advertisements redirect users to malicious websites and run scripts that download and install malware. Furthermore, many users often rush download/installation processes, skip steps, and click advertisements. This exposes their systems to risk of various infections and compromises their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Be very cautious when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze all steps of the download/installation processes and deselect additionally-included programs. You are also advised to download apps from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party download/installation tools often promote rogue apps (developers monetize them using the "bundling" method) and, therefore, they should never be used. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design, but they often redirect to dubious websites (adult dating, pornography, gambling, etc.). Most are delivered by adware-type applications. Thus, if you encounter dubious redirects, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior - the key to safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with PDF Maker, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting PDF Maker browser hijacker:

Website used to promote PDF Maker browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

PDF Maker browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

feed.pdf-maker.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "PDF Maker"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the feed.pdf-maker.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

PDF Maker browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing feed.pdf-maker.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.pdf-maker.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://feed.pdf-maker.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing feed.pdf-maker.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Search".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the pdf maker browser hijacker, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing feed.pdf-maker.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "PDF Maker" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.pdf-maker.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.feed.pdf-maker.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing feed.pdf-maker.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "feed.pdf-maker.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the pdf maker browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing feed.pdf-maker.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "PDF Maker", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.pdf-maker.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://feed.pdf-maker.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing feed.pdf-maker.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "feed.pdf-maker.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with pdf maker browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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