How to stop redirects to search.doc2pdfsearch.com?

Also Known As: DOC2PDF Convert browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove DOC2PDF Convert browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.doc2pdfsearch.com?

Practically identical to doctopdfsupreme.com, search.pricklybears.com, and many others, search.doc2pdfsearch.com is a fake search engine. It is promoted by the DOC2PDF Convert browser hijacker. These rogue applications do so by modifying browsers and restricting/denying access to their settings. Additionally, most browser hijackers have data tracing abilities, which are employed to record/gather browsing-related information. Due to DOC2PDF Convert dubious proliferation methods it is also classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

search.doc2pdfsearch.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Browser hijackers are designed to target popular browsers like Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and others. They operate by assigning the addresses of their fake search engines as browsers' default search engine, homepage and new tab/window URLs. To elaborate how this affects browsers, them with DOC2PDF Convert installed: every single web search done via the URL bar and every new tab/window opened - redirect to search.doc2pdfsearch.com. While these modifications may appear minor - they diminish the browsing quality. Few illegitimate web searchers can actually provide search results, so they redirect to legitimate ones (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.). This is the case with search.doc2pdfsearch.com, it causes a redirection chain - beginning with search.genieosearch.com and ending in search.yahoo.com - the latter being a genuine search engine. Furthermore, any changes users attempt to make in order to recover their browsers - can be automatically reset, if access to the browsers' settings is not limited/denied outright. Therefore, the browser hijacker must be removed in order to restore control over the affected browser. As mentioned, these hijacker apps can track data; they monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life details). This private data can then be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for profit. Presence of data-tracking software on systems can lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure browser and system integrity, as well as ensure user safety - all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name DOC2PDF Convert browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (installer)
Avast (MacOS:Genieo-DL [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.Genieo.1), Arcabit (Trojan.Application.MAC.Genieo.1), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Geonei.z), Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (search.doc2pdfsearch.com)
34.194.40.175
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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Browser hijackers are a common type of PUA. They are promoted as "useful" software with a wide variety of functions (e.g. DOC2PDF Convert is endorsed as a file format conversion tool). Fake search engines are also typically promoted with similar false promises, like the ability to provide: fast searches, accurate search results, faster downloads and so on. However, the features of all unwanted content in general - tend to be nonoperational. Functionality is irreverent, when the only goal is to generate revenue for the developers at user expense. Instead of delivering on any of their promises, PUAs hijack browsers and promote fake search engines, force-open untrustworthy and malicious sites, deliver intrusive ads (pop-ups, banners, coupons, etc) and gather sensitive data.

How did search.doc2pdfsearch.com install on my computer?

Some PUAs (e.g. DOC2PDF Convert) have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded - typically for "free". However, they can also be downloaded/installed with other products. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing ordinary software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, used pre-set options, etc.) - endanger systems with potential infiltrations and infections via bundled content. Intrusive advertisements spread these applications as well. When clicked on, they can execute script to download/install PUAs without user consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research products to verify their legitimacy, prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels should be used, as opposed to untrustworthy sources (e.g. free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders). When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisement rarely appear suspicious, they usually look legitimate and harmless, however they redirect to questionable pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and so on). Therefore, should such ads/redirects be encountered - users are advised to inspect the device and immediately remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Delusive application installer promoting search.doc2pdfsearch.com:

Delusive installer used to promote search.doc2pdfsearch.com

Appearance of DOC2PDF Convert browser hijacker application:

DOC2PDF Convert browser hijacker browser hijacker

Website promoting search.doc2pdfsearch.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.doc2pdfsearch.com

Appearance of search.doc2pdfsearch.com (GIF):

search.doc2pdfsearch.com redirect gif

Instant automatic removal of DOC2PDF Convert 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 DOC2PDF Convert browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

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

search.doc2pdfsearch.com redirect removal:

Remove search.doc2pdfsearch.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 doc2pdf convert 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.

DOC2PDF Convert browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove doc2pdf convert 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 doc2pdf convert 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 doc2pdf convert 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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Global malware activity level today:

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