How to remove docpdfsupreme browser hijacker?

Also Known As: docpdfsupreme browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove doctopdfsupreme.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is doctopdfsupreme.com ?

Doctopdfsupreme.com is a fake search engine which is promoted through a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker called docpdfsupreme (or docpdfsupreme - Search the web and convert PDF). Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing certain browser's settings. However, most of them are designed to gather details related to user's browsing activities as well. Apps of this type are called PUAs because people usually download and install them unknowingly.

doctopdfsupreme.com  browser hijacker on a Mac computer

As a rule, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. After installation docpdfsupreme changes them to doctopdfsupreme.com. It means that its users visit doctopdfsupreme.com when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into URL bar. In most cases address appointed by a browser hijacker cannot be removed or changed to other address because apps of this type are designed to prevent users from doing that. The only way to stop a browser from opening a certain address on the aforementioned occasions is to uninstall a browser hijacker (in this case docpdfsupreme). It is worth mentioning that doctopdfsupreme.com is a fake search engine mostly because it does not generate any unique results. Also, quite often fake search engines provide users with misleading results. Furthermore, most browser hijackers gather browsing data such as IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on. Sometimes they are designed to record personal, sensitive details as well. Either way, it is common that their developers sell gathered data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Such actions may cause users problems related to browsing safety, privacy, it is possible that they may even become victims of identity theft. These are the main reasons why any installed browser hijacker should be removed as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name docpdfsupreme browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus
Browser Extension(s) docpdfsupreme (or docpdfsupreme - Search the web and convert PDF).
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Search.pricklybears.com and search.follysway.com are examples of other fake search engines. Typically, people do not use them intentionally. In most cases they are forced to do that by some browser hijacker that they have unknowingly installed on a browser and/or operating system. It is very common that browser hijackers (and other PUAs) are advertised as useful, however, most of them do not deliver any value and cause only problems.

How did doctopdfsupreme.com install on my computer?

Most of the times people download and/or install PUAs through clicked deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts or setups of other software. In the second case it happens when developers distribute PUAs by using a "bundling" method. They include PUAs in various download and/or installation setups and present them as additional offers. Typically, those offers can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of download and/or installation setups. However, downloads and installations of unwanted apps are being allowed to happen only when people leave those settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Various third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, and other networks of this type), unofficial websites, etc., should not be used as tools to download and install any software. We recommend to download all files and programs only from official websites and via direct links. Furthermore, if download and/or installation setup contains "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings, then they should not be left unchecked. They often contain offers to download and/or install additionally included, unwanted applications that can be declined. Intrusive ads often redirect people who click them to untrustworthy websites. Typically, these are the ads that mostly appear on shady pages, however, they might be displayed on legitimate pages too. Besides, those ads can be designed to cause downloads, installations of unwanted applications. Therefore, they should not be clicked. And finally, we recommend to make sure that there are no unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser and programs of this type in a computer. They should be removed as soon as possible. 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 doctopdfsupreme.com :

Dubious website used to promote doctopdfsupreme.com

docpdfsupreme asks for a permission to be added on a browser:

docpdfsupreme asks for a permission to read and change various data

docpdfsupreme installed on Google Chrome:

docpdfsupreme extension installed on Google Chrome

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

doctopdfsupreme.com  redirect removal:

Remove doctopdfsupreme.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 docpdfsupreme 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.

docpdfsupreme browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove docpdfsupreme 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 docpdfsupreme 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 docpdfsupreme 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

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