- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
After installing a new free program a bit carelessly, you may find Search.sonicpdfconverter.com in your major browsers, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. In all fairness, we also need to mention that it is possible that you let this search engine page on board knowingly; however, our research and user reports indicate that it is more likely that you do not even realize or see it coming. The reason is quite simple: You overlook the relating information while installing a free program. Although we cannot say that this infection is a major threat to your files and your privacy, it can still pose a threat to your virtual security. In fact, we have labeled it as a browser hijacker because it can change your browser homepage settings. If you want less exposure to potentially harmful third-party contents, you should definitely remove Search.sonicpdfconverter.com from your computer. Before we tell you how you can do that, let us give you a more detailed report on this hijacker.
This malware infection comes from a family that has dozens of members, including Search.yourinstantfileconverter.com and Search.easyvideoconverteraccess.com. These hijackers are practically clones of each other. They look almost identical as the only difference you can spot is the features offered on the fake toolbar. There are a few ways for you to let such an infection infiltrate your system and show up in your browsers. For example, you may click on an unreliable third-party pop-up or banner ad, or a link on a modified search results page provided by a browser hijacker, and you can directly install this hijacker.
What is even worse is that by clicking on the wrong content while surfing the web you can also drop a bundled version onto your system. This means that you do not only install this hijacker in your browsers, but you may also install a number of other threats, including adware programs, fake alerts, backdoors, keyloggers, bad toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs. This clearly means multiple system security threats and heightened vulnerability to cyber attacks. No wonder we keep emphasizing that you should always download programs and updates from official sources. It is also important that you be careful with clicking on third-party ads and other suspicious contents (e.g., fake buttons and fake notifications) because you can easily drop a malicious software package. Do you think it would be enough for you to delete Search.sonicpdfconverter.com alone in this case?
The most risky pages to visit include questionable torrent, freeware, online gambling, gaming, and porn-related websites. These pages usually promote malicious third-party software installers or unsafe third-party ads that promote these. But you can also infect your system more easily if it is already infected. For example, if there is an adware application hiding on your computer, your browsing experience can simply turn into a nightmare with constant third-party ads popping up and under, not to mention the possibility that it can spy on you and also hijack legitimate ads. We recommend that after you delete Search.sonicpdfconverter.com from your browsers, you run a decent malware scanner to be able to identify all other possibly harmful programs.
This browser hijacker offers you document conversion by easy-access links on its fake toolbar. You can click on the Conver to PDF link and you will find yourself on cloudconvert.com/doc-to-pdf. Or, you can also convert to Word document by clicking the relating link. Apart from these main features you also find the usual search tool, the local weather widget page link, and a news link. While most of these links redirect you to reliable pages, we need to mention that the local weather page is one that we would not trust as it displays a number of annoying third-party ads that you should not engage with if you want to stay on the safe side. In addition to these features and, of course, the main “attraction,” the search engine, there is also a panel below the main search box that you can hide or show. This panel displays a couple of thumbnail links to popular sites (e.g., Amazon and Facebook) as well as to the same document conversion pages.
You should not use this search website at all because it redirects your search keywords to a manipulated Yahoo search results page. Since this hijacker may also spy on you and use this information to create customized content for you, it is possible that you will encounter potentially unreliable third-party ads and links on the results pages even though they seemingly come from a reputable search engine. If you engage with such content, basically two things can happen. First, you may drop infections even without your knowledge, behind your back. Two, you may open new tabs or windows with malicious websites and you might be scammed by cyber criminals. None of these are fortunate for you; therefore, we advise you to remove Search.sonicpdfconverter.com as soon as possible.
We have found that this browser hijacker mostly changes the homepage settings. So if you want to eliminate it, you need to undo these changes and set a homepage URL address instead that you really want to see in your browsers as your homepage. Please follow our step-by-step instructions below if you need assistance with this process. If you want to protect your PC more efficiently and you do not think you can do this manually, we suggest that you install a professional anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter.
Remove Search.sonicpdfconverter.com from browsers