Freehdsearch.com redirect removal instructions
What is freehdsearch.com?
freehdsearch.com is supposedly a legitimate search engine, however, it is fake and promoted through a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called AnyDocToPdf. Note, however, that AnyDocToPdf might not be the only app used to promote freehdsearch.com. PUAs promote fake search engines by changing browser settings and are thus known as 'browser hijackers'. Most browser hijackers are also used to record data.
AnyDocToPdf assigns freehdsearch.com as the default search engine, homepage, and address of a new tab. PUAs can often be installed on more than one browser (for example, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and/or Internet Explorer). People who have browsers hijacked by AnyDocToPdf are forced to visit freehdsearch.com when they open a browser (or new tab) and enter search queries into the URL bar. The only way to stop a hijacked browser from opening freehdsearch.com is to uninstall the AnyDocToPdf app. Otherwise, it will reassign settings when attempts are made to change/undo them. Furthermore, most browser hijackers (such as AnyDocToPdf) and fake search engines (such as freehdsearch.com) collect data including users' IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. The developers behind these apps and fake search engines share the information with other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. The information might contain personal details that are shared with cyber criminals. To avoid problems with privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft, uninstall AnyDocToPdf and other browser hijackers installed on your browser or computer, and avoid using dubious/fake search engines.
|Name||Free HD Search browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly converts various documents into PDF format.|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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AnyDocToPdf is similar to Delete Facebook Messages, however, there are many more examples including MyOfficeX and Your Free Online Manuals. Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines and collect user-system information. They deliver no real value and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers.
How did AnyDocToPdf install on my computer?
Some PUAs can be downloaded from their (supposedly official) websites, however, this is not the only way they infiltrate operating systems and browsers. Many people inadvertently cause these installations through clicked intrusive ads or when the "bundling" method is used. Bundling is a deceptive marketing method that allows third party applications (PUAs) to be installed with regular software. Developer hide bundled (additionally-included) apps in "Custom", "Advanced" options/settings of various software download or installation set-ups. In addition, many users skip/rush software download/installation steps and fail to check available settings. They leave them unchanged, thereby unintentionally allowing PUAs to be installed by default.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Avoid clicking ads, especially on dubious/suspicious websites. If you accidentally click an ad and are redirected to an untrustworthy website relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating etc., check installed plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions on your browser and uninstall dubious entries immediately. Install all software carefully - do not skip installation steps. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar parts of the installation process and opt-out of all unwanted offers and extra software. Avoid downloading software from unofficial sources, using torrents or third party software downloaders. You are strongly advised to download software using only official and trustworthy websites/sources. If your computer is already infected with AnyDocToPdf, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting AnyDocToPdf browser hijacker:
AnyDocToPdf download page asks for various permissions:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is freehdsearch.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall AnyDocToPdf application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove freehdsearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove AnyDocToPdf browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove freehdsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove freehdsearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
AnyDocToPdf browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "AnyDocToPdf"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the freehdsearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
AnyDocToPdf browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://freehdsearch.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:
Click the "gear" 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 "AnyDocToPdf".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the free hd search 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "AnyDocToPdf" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "AnyDocToPdf", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.freehdsearch.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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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 "freehdsearch.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the free hd search browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "AnyDocToPdf", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "AnyDocToPdf", remove hxxp://freehdsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "freehdsearch.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with free hd search 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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the free hd search browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove free hd search browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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