SuperPDFConverterSearch browser hijacker removal instructions
What is SuperPDFConverterSearch?
SuperPDFConverterSearch browser hijacker is designed to promote the superpdfconvertersearch.com address (a fake search engine). As a rule, apps of this type change browser settings to promote their search engines. Another detail about browser hijackers is that they can be designed to collect various information about their users. Usually, apps like SuperPDFConverterSearch are distributed using deceptive methods. Therefore, it is common that users download and install them inadvertently. Apps that users tend to download, install unknowingly are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Usually, hijacked browsers open a specific address each time their users open a new window, new tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar. It is because those browsers have a browser hijacker installed on them that has changed their settings, such as the address of a homepage, new tab, and default search engine. SuperPDFConverterSearch is designed to change those settings to superpdfconvertersearch.com. Search engines like superpdfconvertersearch.com are called fake because they generate misleading results or provide results generated by another questionable or legitimate search engine. Depending on the geolocation of its visitors, superpdfconvertersearch.com redirects them either to searchlee.com or search.yahoo.com - SuperPDFConverterSearch's search engine shows results generated either by a questionable or legitimate search engine (Yahoo). It is important to know that results generated by shady search engines can include download pages for potentially malicious apps and other dubious sites, deceptive ads, etc. As a rule, a hijacker browser can be stopped from opening unwanted address (or addresses) only after uninstalling a browser hijacker from it.
It is common that browser hijackers are designed to collect browsing-related information, for example, Internet Protocol addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations. In some cases, applications of this type are designed to gather personal details (e.g., saved passwords). Another problem is that their developers can sell gathered information to third parties (possibly some cybercriminals), use it for marketing purposes, commit identity fraud, or monetize it in other ways. Therefore, a browser hijacker is a type of app that can be the culprit of issues with online privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft. No browser hijacker should be installed on any browser or computer.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (superpdfconvertersearch.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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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Edit webpage, IncognitoSearchBox and SearchConverterApp are more examples of apps that hijack browsers by changing browser settings. As a rule, apps of this type promote fake search engines. Although, they can be designed to promote other kinds of addresses as well. As mentioned in previous paragraphs, browser hijackers tend to be used as tools to gather browsing data (or other information) as well. In conclusion, apps like SuperPDFConverterSearch are useless to their users, and their installation can lead to certain issues. For this reason, it is strongly recommended to uninstall any installed browser hijacker as soon as possible.
How did SuperPDFConverterSearch install on my computer?
It is common that users download and install potentially unwanted apps (including browser hijackers) unintentionally. In most cases, they download, install apps of this kind together with other programs - when such apps are integrated in downloaders, installers for other programs (bundled together with those programs). As a rule, offers to download or install PUAs can be opted out by unticking some checkboxes or declined via "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", or other settings that downloaders, installers have. When users do not change those settings, they allow for bundled apps to be downloaded or installed as well. In some cases, users cause unintentionally cause undesired downloads or installations by clicking on deceptive advertisements. Although, only when they click on ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Applications (and files) should be downloaded from official websites (and via direct links). Other channels like Peer-to-Peer networks (like eMule, torrent clients), third-party downloaders, unofficial pages, etc., can be used to distribute malicious software and PUAs. Downloaders and installers with "Advanced", "Manual, "Custom", or other settings or some checkboxes tend to be used to distribute PUAs too. Therefore, those downloaders, installers should be checked for offers to download or install unwanted apps. Advertisements on shady web pages should not be clicked. Quite often, by clicking on those ads, users open shady pages. Sometimes, by clicking those ads users allow them to run certain scripts designed to start unwanted downloads or even installations. Unwanted, suspicious, or unknown extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins installed on a browser should be removed, applications of this kind installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with SuperPDFConverterSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Superpdfconvertersearch.com redirects to searchlee.com (GIF):
Superpdfconvertersearch.com redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):
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- What is SuperPDFConverterSearch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SuperPDFConverterSearch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SuperPDFConverterSearch browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove superpdfconvertersearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove superpdfconvertersearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove superpdfconvertersearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
SuperPDFConverterSearch 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, "SuperPDFConverterSearch"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the superpdfconvertersearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
SuperPDFConverterSearch browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "SuperPDFConverterSearch" 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 "SuperPDFConverterSearch", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.superpdfconvertersearch.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 "superpdfconvertersearch.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 superpdfconvertersearch.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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "SuperPDFConverterSearch", 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 "SuperPDFConverterSearch", remove hxxp://superpdfconvertersearch.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 superpdfconvertersearch.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 superpdfconvertersearch.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.
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://superpdfconvertersearch.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 "SuperPDFConverterSearch".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the superpdfconvertersearch.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.
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 superpdfconvertersearch.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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