I wrote this article to help you remove Search.searchcfpdf.com. This Search.searchcfpdf.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The Search.searchcfpdf.com website is bad news for your system. It constant appearance means that your machine is no longer infection-free. You have a hijacker on board and the Search.searchcfpdf.com is a clear sign of that. It is not the infection itself. No, the hijacker is a program going by the name of Convert Free PDFs. It is a malicious application which is lying to your face. Do not believe a word it says. As its name implies, this app claims that it helps you convert different files. Unfortunately, it does no such thing. It is a browser hijacker so do not expect it to be beneficial to you or your system.
Hijackers are manipulative. They are trying to trick you into trusting them and if you do, they take full advantage. Don’t let Convert Free PDFs do the same. As soon as you notice the Search.searchcfpdf.com site, accept it as the warning it is and, most importantly, heed it. Start looking for the hijacker`s hiding place and remove it upon discovery. The sooner it is gone, the better. If you let it stay, it won`t be long before you regret that decision. No infection has a place in your system.
Once the hijacker has entered your PC, problems start pouring. First of all, the Search.searchcfpdf.com page becomes your online shadow and no matter what you do, you cannot seem to get rid of it. The nasty site even replaces your previous homepage and search engine behind your back and prevents you from undoing that reshuffle. Also, every time you so much as touch one of your browsers, the page is there to greet it.
When you open a new tab, the site is also there. When you type in a search, you find it among the results. It is everywhere, all the time. That’s because the hijacker forces it on you. Yet, Search.searchcfpdf.com is not your only problem. Oh, no. The nasty pest has a lot in store for you. Aside from this shady page, you are redirected to many others as well.
In addition, your entire screen is completely covered in all shapes and forms. You see banners, coupons, deals, offers, in texts, pop-ups, video ads, etc. and etc. This is not only incredibly annoying, but also very dangerous. With the hijacker on board, you are far more likely to be exposed to corrupted adverts which deliver malicious content. One click on such an ad and you automatically download more malware on your already infected computer.
Do not think that you can avoid the commercials. Maybe at first, but they become more and more in numbers with each day and sooner or later you will click. The only way to stop them from appearing is to remove their source, aka the hijacker. Once you get rid of the pest, your browsing experience will get back to normal and you will be able to surf the web without constant fear of being infected. Don’t hesitate, delete the Convert Free PDFs hijacker now!
How did you get infected with this plague? Well, as you can see, this hijacker is a program which means it cannot get in without your approval. No permission, no admission. Simple as that. This also means that at some point you gave the pest green light. This is not surprising. The infection doesn’t ask openly. It hides behind tricky tactics and tries to dupe you.
If you want to keep your machine safe, you need to be more attentive. Do your due diligence and be extra careful what you give permission to. No infection asks straightforwardly or comes with a slogan “dangerous malware”. No, you need to figure that on your own, preferably before inviting it to enter your PC. Don’t be careless. Be vigilant.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Search.searchcfpdf.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.