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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a search tool promoted by the Convert into PDF extension, so if your browsers have already started opening a new website, there is no doubt that this piece of software is active on your system. Some users download this extension willingly expecting that it will allow them to convert files from/to a PDF format without limit. We cannot blame those users because this browser extension is promoted as a file converter. Unfortunately, we cannot confirm that it works beneficially because it is impossible to convert any files at the time of writing. Additionally, it tells users that it will alter their New Tab pages only, but, in reality, it also sets as a homepage, which is why users quickly notice the changes applied to their browsers. No matter you have downloaded the extension promoting this search tool willingly, or it has entered your system without permission, remove it without consideration from browsers, especially if you do not like the applied changes. The next paragraph will explain why it would be best to get rid of it and thus stop using the search tool set.

We are sure you have already discovered set on your browsers if you have installed the Convert into PDF extension/it has slithered onto your computer without permission. The page set by this extension looks like an ordinary search provider because it has a search box and returns Google search results when the search query is entered, but, unfortunately, this still does not make it a legitimate search provider, specialists at say. They still see it as a dubious search tool even though it displays Google search results because research has shown that it collects information about users and their activities on the web. Its Privacy Policy document contains all the information users need to know about the data collection, but, unfortunately, not all the users read Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use, two the most important documents, before starting to use the search tool as a default search provider. The Privacy Policy tells users that two types of information about them will be recorded if they use the service: 1) non-personally identifiable information, also known as anonymous information and 2) personally identifiable information. Although this does not seem to be a huge drawback, this suggests that might become an indirect threat to your privacy by sending the collected information to business partners, advertisers, and other third parties. Nobody knows why they need this information and where it will be used, so you should put an end to the information collection as soon as possible – you can do this by getting rid of this suspicious search provider. The only way to make it gone is to erase the Convert into PDF extension promoting it.

Not all the users can understand why they see set on their browsers, but, frankly speaking, there are only two possible reasons why users see this search tool set: they have installed the extension promoting it, or it has entered their PCs without permission. Unfortunately, it seems that there are more users out there who do not know anything about the entrance of the extension associated with According to our specialists, these users have, most probably, installed a software bundled downloaded from the web. Bundling is one of the most popular untrustworthy software distribution methods, so you should be more attentive the next time, e.g. read the information provided in the setup wizard and, on top of that, it is advisable to acquire a security application so that the history would not repeat itself.

Resetting browsers is one of the ways to get rid of fully, but you can also remove this untrustworthy URL from your all browsers automatically. The latter is the removal method we would choose over the manual one because an automatic scanner is capable of erasing all the active threats from the system all at once.

How to remove

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Tap Alt on your keyboard.
  3. Click Tools and select Internet Options.
  4. Open the Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset and mark the Delete personal settings box.
  6. Click Reset once again.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox and tap Alt+H.
  2. Click Troubleshooting information.
  3. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window again.

Google Chrome

  1. Open your Chrome browser and go to its menu by tapping Alt+F.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Go down.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Scroll down until you see the Reset section.
  6. Under Reset, click Reset.
  7. Click the Reset button in the dialog box.
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