How to remove Pdf download tool from a web browser
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What kind of application is Pdf download tool?
Upon inspection, our team has determined that the Pdf download tool browser extension exhibits intrusive ad behavior and has the capability to access browsing-related data. This type of software is classified as adware. It is often deliberately downloaded by users. Our investigation found that the Pdf download tool is promoted on a deceptive web page.
Pdf download tool in detail
The Pdf download tool is described as an app that allows users to download all opened files. However, it shows advertisements. Ads displayed by adware-type apps like Pdf download tool are often intrusive and annoying, appearing as pop-ups, banners, or in-text ads.
These ads may be irrelevant to the user's interests or contextually inappropriate. In some cases, these ads may be used to promote fake or malicious products, various scams, and other dubious sites, leading to further security issues for the user. Also, these ads can cause unexpected downloads and installations.
Additionally, adware can be designed to generate revenue for its developers by collecting data about the user's browsing habits to target ads more effectively. Also, the obtained data can be misused for malicious purposes. It is known that Pdf download tool can read and change data on all websites.
|Name||Ads by Pdf download tool|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
Apps that rely on advertising often exhibit intrusive ads and have the capability to take over web browsers (hijack them). This can include modifying the browser's settings to promote dubious or fake search engines. These search engines may offer deceptive results and display untrustworthy advertisements.
In most cases, users must remove the browser hijacker to restore the browser's default settings. Examples of other advertising-supported apps are Info, MetAI assistant, and Simple Ad Blocker.
How did adware install on my computer?
We came across the Dark Theme For Chrome application on a dubious website that prompted a free extension installation. After following the site's instructions, the app was added to the browser.
In other instances, software installers have adware and other dubious apps as optional installations. When users fail to modify the "Advanced," "Custom," or other settings in these installers, they inadvertently install adware together with the desired software. Adware is also spread through fake installers.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Exercise caution while downloading applications and files from the Internet. The most secure approach is to obtain them from reliable sources such as official websites and verified stores. Also, carefully examine the choices presented in installers and uncheck any unwanted apps prior to completing the installation processes.
Do not click on ads appearing on dubious pages or allow such pages to send notifications. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Deceptive web page encouraging to add the Pdf download tool app:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Pdf download tool?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Pdf download tool" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by pdf download tool, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by pdf download tool 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by pdf download tool, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Installing adware on your computer can result in a suboptimal web browsing experience and may degrade your system's performance.
What does adware do?
Adware, which is short for advertising-supported software, is designed to inundate users with intrusive advertisements. Additionally, adware can be designed to track users and promote shady search engines.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Developers of adware typically earn income by promoting a range of products, websites, or services. The majority of their revenue is generated through affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Pdf download tool adware?
Combo Cleaner can scan your computer and remove all adware-type applications that have been installed. However, it should be noted that manual removal may not always be an ideal solution, as certain file leftovers may remain hidden within the system. Even if the software has been deleted, some components may still be present and active.
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