Ultra PDF Converter Plus browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Ultra PDF Converter Plus?
As its name suggests, Ultra PDF Converter Plus supposedly converts files to and from PDF format. In fact, this app promotes ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com (the address of a fake search engine) by changing browser settings. Apps of this type are categorized as browser hijackers. They change certain settings and collect information relating to users' browsing habits. Typically, people download and/or install browser hijackers inadvertently and, therefore, they are also classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Ultra PDF Converter Plus promotes ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com by assigning this URL as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. In this way, it forces users to visit ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar. Generally, the only way to stop browsers from opening the addresses of these fake search engines is to uninstall the browser hijackers that promote them. Most browser hijackers prevent users from modifying the settings. Therefore, to remove ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com from the settings, it is necessary to first uninstall Ultra PDF Converter Plus. As mentioned, ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com is a fake search engine - this is since it does not generate unique results and simply redirects to search.yahoo.com (provides results generated by Yahoo). Furthermore, browser hijackers record information relating to browsing activity. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and other details. Some browser hijackers can access personal, sensitive details as well. People responsible for this software misuse the data to generate revenue, and often sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who do the same. PUAs cause problems relating to online privacy, browsing safety, and so on. Some users might even end up having their identities stolen. This situation can be prevented by avoiding download/installation of browser hijackers and other apps designed to track information.
|Name||Ultra PDF Converter Plus|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Ultra PDF Converter Plus|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly converts files to and from PDF documents.|
|Serving IP Address (ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com)||126.96.36.199|
|Detection Names (ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com)||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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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Other examples of apps that are categorized as browser hijackers include Easy Package Tracking, Download Party and PDF Converter App. Most of these apps are promoted as useful and legitimate, however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Furthermore, most do not deliver any useful features, tools or other functions - they simply cause only problems.
How did Ultra PDF Converter Plus install on my computer?
Unwanted apps are usually downloaded and/or installed when people click deceptive ads or they download/install programs without paying attention to the settings. PUAs are often included in the set-ups of other software, a distribution method called "bundling". This is used to trick people into downloading and/or installing various unwanted apps with other software. Generally, information about additional apps can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the set-ups. Many people fail to check and change the settings, thereby agreeing by default with offers to download or install PUAs. Deceptive ads also cause download/installation of unwanted apps when they execute certain scripts, however, they cannot execute them without first being clicked.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Do not download or install software, especially freeware from unofficial websites, through Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, third party downloaders, installers or other tools/channels of this kind. Choose official websites and direct links. Check all settings that are available in the download or installation setup and dismiss offers to download/install unwanted software. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites - they can redirect to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads/installations. To stop a browser from opening untrustworthy web pages and/or displaying ads, uninstall all unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons. Also apply this to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Ultra PDF Converter Plus, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Ultra PDF Converter Plus opens ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com (GIF):
Website promoting Ultra PDF Converter Plus browser hijacker:
Ultra PDF Converter Plus asks permission to read and change data on Chrome:
Ultra PDF Converter Plus asks permission to access data on Firefox:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Ultra PDF Converter Plus?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Ultra PDF Converter Plus application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Ultra PDF Converter Plus browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Ultra PDF Converter Plus 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, "Ultra PDF Converter Plus"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Ultra PDF Converter Plus 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://ultrapdfconverterplussearch.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 "Ultra PDF Converter Plus".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com redirect, 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 "Ultra PDF Converter Plus" 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 "Ultra PDF Converter Plus", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.ultrapdfconverterplussearch.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 "ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com", 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 ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com redirect, 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 "Ultra PDF Converter Plus", 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 "Ultra PDF Converter Plus", remove hxxp://ultrapdfconverterplussearch.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com redirect 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 ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com redirect, 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 ultrapdfconverterplussearch.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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