- Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
If you are looking for a tool to convert your files to PDF, PDFConverterHQ Toolbar might seem like the tool you need to install. This free application does not have the best reputation, just like other toolbars created by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. YourTemplateFinder Toolbar, HowToSuite Toolbar, and various other toolbars are often identified as toolbar hijackers because they can change browser settings. For example, if you use Chrome, this toolbar can set the New tab – which represents the toolbar – to open on startup without permission. Although this program asks the users of Firefox and Internet Explorer users whether or not they want to change their default search tools, we still recommend removing this strange app as a hijacker. We can help you remove PDFConverterHQ Toolbar from your operating system and browsers as well. Continue reading, and you will learn everything you need to know. If you need answers to other questions, use the comment section below to communicate with us.
If you have downloaded the toolbar from free.pdfconverterhq.com/index.jhtml (IP address 188.8.131.52), it is likely that you will need to remove Ask Search tools as well. On the other hand, if you install this toolbar from third-party sources, you might have to remove more third-party programs, some of which might pose a direct threat to your virtual security. It might be very difficult to identify malicious infections, which is why we propose a free malware scanner that can help you inspect your operating system. Even if you installed the toolbar as a standalone application, there are a few reasons to delete it from your operating system. For one, the search tool promoted via a box on the toolbar, including Ask Search and search.myway, can show modified search results. Although these tools appear to be “supported” by Ask and Google, trusting the search results shown to you can be dangerous. We advise removing the unfamiliar search tools and applying reliable ones, even if they are Ask and Google.
PDFConverterHQ Toolbar promises free conversion services and instant email access, along with a free translator, a planner, and other supposedly useful tools. In our case, the services did not work very well. For example, the converter did nothing, which is disappointing to the user and suspicious to us. It is likely that the services of this toolbar are simply used to lure users to install software that can collect information and introduce third-party search services. For example, if you download this toolbar onto Chrome, you will be informed that it can read “your data” on the websites you visit, read your browsing history, and even manage your downloads. The Chrome extension ID for this extension is iplaninjmgmgajaogojniphlojmebnod, and you can find a folder with the same title in the extensions folder under C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions. If you delete this folder, you will be informed that “chrome-extension://iplaninjmgmgajaogojniphlojmebnod.html” is not found if you try to open a new tab. To eliminate this issue, you will need to remove the PDFConverterHQ extension directly from your Chrome browser.
Once installed under C:\Program Files (x86) or C:\Program Files (for Internet Explorer), PDFConverterHQ Toolbar is installed into a folder that might have a modified name (e.g., PDFConverterHQ_fs). The Firefox extension is located under C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[*]\extensions in a folder called “_fsMembers_@free.pdfconverterhq.com”. Although you can remove these files, we suggest uninstalling this program (if installed onto Internet Explorer) or removing it directly from browsers (if installed onto Chrome and Firefox). Note that this toolbar is identified as the Internet Explorer Toolbar in the “Uninstall a program” and “Add or Remove Programs” utilities. When removing this toolbar from Firefox, do not forget to check the boxes indicating the removal of Ask Web Search homepage and default search provider tools. Although you might have to delete Ask Search from the Search list, this eases the overall removal. Note that you will have to remove Ask Search from IE separately.
It does not take a lot of knowledge to remove unwanted extensions or search tools. Of course, if you are inexperienced, even this task might be challenging, which is why we have created this removal guide. Unfortunately, even if you successfully delete PDFConverterHQ Toolbar from the browsers and via Control Panel, it is likely that you will need to delete leftovers. If you are not sure which files you still need to delete, use a malware scanner to identify them, or, better yet, employ an automated malware remover to clean your system of all active threats. Keep in mind that the suspicious might have been installed along with many other infections, and using a reliable antimalware software can ensure that all threats are deleted at once.
PDFConverterHQ Toolbar Removal
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