Search.pdftycoon.com Redirect (Mac)

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

How to remove search.pdftycoon.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.pdftycoon.com?

search.pdftycoon.com is a fake search engine that is virtually identical to search.yadbazelet.com, search.elifaint.com, search.fegline.com and many others of this type. Developers promote this site using an adware-type potentially unwanted app (PUA) called PDF Tycoon. This app (and its associated fake search engine) collects data relating to users' browsing habits and modifies browser settings.

search.pdftycoon.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Generally, browser-hijacking apps are installed on browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. Once installed, this PUA adjusts the infiltrated browser's settings. In this case, it assigns the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL address to search.pdftycoon.com and ensures that none of these settings can be reverted. Therefore, people with browsers hijacked by this adware-type app are forced to visit search.pdftycoon.com when they search (enter a search query into the URL bar) and open browser windows (or new tabs in them). These modifications cannot be changed unless PDF Tycoon is uninstalled. Adware-type ads display coupons, banners surveys, pop-ups, and so on. Furthermore, they display them using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, they conceal underlying content of visited websites. When clicked, they open dubious (potentially, malicious) websites. Furthermore, search.pdftycoon.com and PDF Tycoon collect data that includes search queries, IP addresses, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Unwanted apps of this type (and associated fake search engines) often collect sensitive/personal details that are shared with third parties who misuse private data to generate revenue. Some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. Therefore, do not use dubious search engines or have potentially unwanted apps installed.

Threat Summary:
Namesearch.pdftycoon.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

To eliminate search.pdftycoon.com browser hijacker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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Generally, developers present these search engines (or apps that are used to distribute them) as legitimate and useful, however, these are merely attempts to trick people into using them. Neither PUAs nor fake search engines deliver the features promised, tools, or any other functionality. On the contrary, they cause various problems (browsing safety, privacy issues, and so on).

How did search.pdftycoon.com install on my computer?

PUAs are generally installed unintentionally (though some have websites from which they can be downloaded). Developers promote them using the "bundling" method - they include them within the download or installation set-ups of other software. Information regarding the inclusion of PUAs in these set-ups is not properly disclosed - developers hide them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings. Note, however, that users often cause unwanted installations/downloads when they rush the procedure without checking available settings and leave them unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official websites and using direct links. Do not use unofficial/dubious websites, third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, or other dubious channels. Check all "Custom" or "Advanced" and other options of the download or installation steps. Also check any available checkboxes. Deselect offers to download or install unwanted apps and only then finish the process. Note that advertisements displayed on dubious websites often lead to other websites of this kind such as pornography, adult dating, gambling, and so on. Furthermore, if you experience unwanted redirects or ads, PUAs might be installed on your browser or operating system. If this is the case, check the list of installed extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins (on the browser) and remove all unwanted apps immediately. The same applies to the programs/apps installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting search.pdftycoon.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.pdftycoon.com

Instant automatic removal of search.pdftycoon.com browser hijacker: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of search.pdftycoon.com browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects to search.pdftycoon.com using Combo Cleaner:

search.pdftycoon.com redirect removal:

Remove search.pdftycoon.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 search.pdftycoon.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.pdftycoon.com browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.pdftycoon.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.

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 search.pdftycoon.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.

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 search.pdftycoon.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.

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.