Get rid of PDFConverterHQ

PDFConverterHQ is an adware program that inserts itself in your web browser. While it may still look like your normal browser, all searches are being filtered through their site to direct you to their affiliates.

PDFConverterHQ Toolbar is another adware program that can pass-through antivirus program without being detected. This is due to the technique often used by attacker. PDFConverterHQ Toolbar will be embedded onto shareware apps and other free program that you can download without a cost. Once you install the program, you will never have a slightest chance to know that PDFConverterHQ Toolbar will also be loaded into the computer.

During the presence of the potentially unwanted program, you will see certain changes on the browser. A row of PDFConverterHQ Toolbar is visible as part of the top menu. Additionally, you may see alternate home page and search engine that would be hard to reverse to your default one. Because of the add-on or extension, PDFConverterHQ Toolbar was able to complete all of this domination of Internet browser program.

Its invasive technique makes computer users thinks that PDFConverterHQ Toolbar is some kind of virus or malware. In general, it can be categorized as adware or potentially unwanted program. It may have traits similar to virus but overall, it still remains as adware in nature.

PDFConverterHQ

As mentioned, it is not so simple to delete the unwanted toolbar. Deleting the add-on may help reduce the annoyances, but it will not completely bring back browser to its previous settings. It is still best to run a tool that can automate removal of all PDFConverterHQ Toolbar components. Later on, you can setup the browser to its previous state.

PDFConverterHQ Removal Procedures

On this section are guides that will help you get rid of the threat. Make sure to perform the procedures in exact manner to ensure complete removal of adware, malware, and virus, which may be present on the computer.

Step 1 : Automatic Removal Tool

Scanning the computer with anti-malware tool instantly removes items linked to PDFConverterHQ. Though, this may not fix problems on individual internet browser application.

If the outcome of this anti-malware scan did not fully removed PDFConverterHQ, then you have to execute procedures for affected browser program. Provided on this page are easy to follow instructions to solve problems for specific browser. You may also try Windows System Restore to return the computer to previous clean state.

1 Start downloading the anti-malware tool by clicking on the link below. You can either save the file or directly run it after the download.

Download Tool

2 Install the program with default settings. Run the installation procedure as it is.

3 The program will automatically update the database when installation completes. Thus, it is important that internet connection is active during this process.

4 Once installed, click Scan Now to run a Threat Scan and check all the places malware is known to hide.

MBAM Scan

5 At the end of the scan process, anti-malware tool will display list of identified threats. Be sure to select all and remove them from the computer.

6 Finally, it will prompt you to restart the computer to finalized removal of threats. Please reboot the computer.

Step 2 : Uninstall PDFConverterHQ from Windows Control Panel

7 Depending on your Operating System, follow the guide below to access Windows Control Panel.

Opening Control Panel - Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7
Click on Windows Start > Control Panel. New window will open where in you can adjust computer settings.

Accessing Control Panel - Windows 8 and Windows 10
a For Windows 8 and Windows 10 users, the simplest way to open Control Panel is via shortcut key. This method is accessible in older versions of Windows.
b Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to intiate Run dialog box.

Windows Key and Run

c Type Control Panel in the Open field and click OK.

Run CPanel

8 Once you are in Control Panel window, go to Programs section. Click on 'Uninstall a program' link.

9 Program and Features window will open. You can uninstall or change any installed program using this feature.

10 Look for PDFConverterHQ or any similar name from the list. You may also try to find and remove items with the following names: MyWay, Ask, MindSpark

If name of adware or relevant entry is not present, please try to uninstall recently installed suspicious program. To do this, arrange listed programs in chronological order. Click on 'Installed On' to see programs recently installed.

Installed On

11 Select the Adware from the list and click on Uninstall button. See image below for reference. Removing any suspicious software may also help solve the issue.

Add/Remove

12 On the next prompt, confirmation is required to continue.

13 Click OK to proceed with the removal of PDFConverterHQ or any relevant software.

Step 3 : Remove PDFConverterHQ Extensions from your Browser

14Follow these procedures to remove PDFConverterHQ extensions, add-ons, and unwanted search engine from Internet browsers. You must be aware that adware may trick you by using different name. If adware name is not listed, please look for and remove relevant items such as MyWay, Ask, MindSpark.

Google Chrome

Procedures to Remove PDFConverterHQ from Google Chrome

a Open Google Chrome.

b In the address bar, type the following and press Enter on keyboard: chrome://extensions

Chrome Extensions

c Google Chrome's Extensions window will open.

d Find PDFConverterHQ or any similar items. Click on Remove button to delete it from Google Chrome.

Chrome Extension

Please restart Google Chrome browser. The procedure should have removed PDFConverterHQ from the browser. If the adware is still visible on start up page, please follow the guide on how to restore Google Chrome's homepage and search settings.

Internet Explorer

Ways to Remove PDFConverterHQ from Internet Explorer

a Open Internet Explorer.

b Go to top menu and click on Tools. Next, select Manage add-ons from the drop-down list. This will open window wherein you can view Internet Explorer add-ons.

IE Tools Menu

c Go to left panel and click on Toolbars and Extensions. Browse the list of installed extensions and Delete or Disable any items that are relevant to PDFConverterHQ.

IE Disable Extension

If the procedure does not removed the adware from start-up page, please execute this guide to manually restore Internet Explorer Homepage and Search settings.

Mozilla Firefox

Directions to Remove PDFConverterHQ from Mozilla Firefox

a Run Mozilla Firefox browser.

b Type the given string in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard: about:addons

Go to About:Addons

c Go to left panel and click Extensions. This will show a list of installed extensions.

d Look for PDFConverterHQ extension. If you cannot find it, locate associated objects such as stated above. Uninstall the unwanted extension by clicking on the Remove button.

Remove FF Extensions

e Close the Add-ons Manager tab.

Please restart Mozilla Firefox. If there is still sign of PDFConverterHQ on main page, please perform the guide on how to Restore Mozilla Firefox's Homepage and Search settings.

Edge

Guide to Remove PDFConverterHQ from Microsoft Edge

a Open Microsoft Edge browser.

b Click on More Action button located on top right corner of the browser.

More Button

c Click on Extensions from the Menu. It will open a window showing all installed extensions.

d Right-click on Extension that belongs to PDFConverterHQ, and then, click on Remove.

Edge Extension

(Optional) Restore Microsoft Edge's Home Page and Default Search Engine

Presence of PDFConverterHQ may not have an effect on home page and default search engine of Edge browser. If the browser is free from adware, please skip these procedures.

e Run Microsoft Edge browser and click on More Action to show the Menu. Then, select Settings.

f Scroll down to 'Open with' section, and select 'A specific page or pages'. Then, select Custom.

Open With

g Enter the web address of preferred start page. Next, click on the + sign to add the web address. If PDFConverterHQ is listed as one of the start page, click X beside the URL to remove it from the browser. See image above for reference.

h Back at Microsoft Edge Settings page.

i Click on View advance settings button.

Advanced Settings

j Scroll down to 'Search in the address bar with' section. Then, click on Change button.

Change Search Engine

k It will present list of installed search engine, Bing is the deafault search engine for Edge. You can choose other valid search engine but not PDFConverterHQ. To save your pick, click on Set as default button.

Deafult Search Engine

l Lastly, remove PDFConverterHQ from the list. You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Step 4 : Additional Cleanup Tool

If the previous instructions failed to remove PDFConverterHQ, this procedure will help you adware remnants from internet browser applications. The process quickly removes adware and other malicious components from your browser.

15 Download Norton Power Eraser by clicking on the button below.

NPE Download

16 Double-click on downloaded NPE.exe file to run the program.

17 If User Account Control window prompts, click Yes to proceed installing the tool.

18 Once installed, Norton Power Eraser will launch automatically.

19 Next, click on Unwanted Application Scan to start looking for malicious objects linked to PDFConverterHQ.

NPE Scan

20 After completing the scan, it will display Unwanted Apps Scan Complete. Select items that are closely related to PDFConverterHQ or any suspicious objects and click Uninstall to remove it.

21 Follow the on-screen instructions until it completely removed the browser hijacker.

FAQs

Is PDFConverterHQ Dangerous?

Yes, PDFConverterHQ can badly affect your computer and slow down its performance and usability.

Can I Remove PDFConverterHQ from my Computer?

Yes, PDFConverterHQ can be removed by downloading our recommended antivirus software and scanner.

How Easy is it to Remove PDFConverterHQ Virus?

Nearly all paid antivirus scanners and removal tools should help remove the PDFConverterHQ virus from your computer.

Once I remove PDFConverterHQ do I still need antivirus?

Yes, new viruses such as PDFConverterHQ are created everyday and the only way to stay 100% protected is to use antivirus on your device.

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