PDF King Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: search.getpdfking.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "PDF King" from Mac?

What is "PDF King"?

The PDF King app allows conversion of various documents into PDF format, and also to convert them back from previous formats and merge multiple PDF documents into one. Developers promote this app as the most comprehensive PDF converter available, however, PDF King is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since it is promoted using the "bundling" method, and thus many users install it inadvertently.

PDF King unwanted application

PDF King is available as an application and browser extension. The extension adds an icon to the browser toolbar. Once clicked, this opens an unidentified search engine. Once a search query is entered, it redirects users to search.yahoo.com (a legitimate Yahoo search engine) and displays results generated by the Yahoo engine. This unidentified search engine also contains the PDF King converter, which allows users to convert files simply by dragging and dropping them, or selecting them individually by clicking the "Select file to convert" button. Note that many potentially unwanted apps are installed unintentionally and track data relating to browsing activity. They record IP addresses, geo-locations, search queries, URLs of visited websites, and so on. The data is usually shared with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Furthermore, unwanted apps of this type often feed users with intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, pop-ups, surveys, etc.). These are usually displayed by tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. They can be annoying and conceal underlying content of any visited websites. If clicked, they often redirect to other untrustworthy sites (potentially malicious). Therefore, having PUAs installed might cause unwanted redirects, privacy issues, and diminished browsing quality. It is not known whether PDF King tracks browsing-related information or displays ads, however, many PUAs that are installed using "bundling" perform these functions.

Threat Summary:
Namesearch.getpdfking.com browser hijacker
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Generally, most developers promote these unwanted apps as 'useful tools' capable of providing various features. They may seem legitimate and useful, but once installed, PUAs simply generate revenue for their developers and deliver no real value for regular users. These apps typically cause redirects, deliver intrusive advertisements, and record user-system information, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a direct threat to your privacy and browsing safety.

How did PDF King install on my computer?

This app has an official download website, however, most people download and install unwanted apps such as PDF King inadvertently. These downloads and installations usually occur when users accidentally (or otherwise) click untrustworthy, deceptive ads, or when software developers employ the "bundling" method. They use this method to trick users into downloading and installing potentially unwanted apps together with other chosen software. They do not disclose information regarding the presence of these apps within download/installation set-ups - they hide them in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings/options of the download or installation set-ups. Despite this, inadvertent installations or downloads are usually caused by users who skip steps and leave settings/options unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use official sources (websites) when downloading software. Avoid third party sources such as peer-to-peer networks (torrents, eMule etc.), unofficial websites, etc. When downloading or installing software, never skip setup steps. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options. Dismiss offers to install or download any software you do not wish to download/install and only then finish the procedure. Be careful with intrusive ads, especially those displayed on untrustworthy websites. These often redirect to deceptive, dubious websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If you experience these ads/redirects, check your browser for any unwanted/unknown apps such as extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins and remove them. Apply this to programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of a website promoting PDF King app:

website promoting PDF King unwanted app

Screenshot of a PDF King installer:

PDF King installer

Screenshot of a PDF King extension being installed on Google Chrome:

PDF King extension in Google Chrome browser

Screenshot of fake search engine (search.getpdfking.com) opened after clicking the PDF King icon in the browser toolbar:

PDF King homepage

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove PDF King unwanted application using Combo Cleaner:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove 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 search.getpdfking.com 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.

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

search.getpdfking.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.getpdfking.com 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.

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

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove search.getpdfking.com 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.

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

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove search.getpdfking.com 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.

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

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

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