What is PDF Converter Hub

PDF Converter Hub (a.k.a. PDF Converter Hub New Tab, Search.hpdfconverterhub.com) is potentially unwanted browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. Malware originates from Cyprus and was developed by Eightpoint Technologies Ltd. (some sources indicate SpringTech Ltd.) It modifies search and homepage settings in these browsers and controls them not allowing users to make changes. Hijacker sets search.hpdfconverterhub.com as default search engine, new tab and home page. However, search queries typed in the search box are redirected to search.yahoo.com, so there can be some kind of affiliation or partnership between large search provider and developer of the add-on. PDF Converter Hub also constantly offers users to subscribe to its notifications, which will lead to getting unwanted advertising as desktop notifications. Main page itself consists of toolbar, search box, informational links and shortcuts to popular shopping sites and social networks. PDF Converter Hub is promoted as convenient tool for converting various file formats to PDF and vice versa. We recommend you to remove PDF Converter Hub, reset browser settings and remove all leftover data of this plugin, as it is categorised as adware and hijacker. In this article we give detailed instructions on how to uninstall PDF Converter Hub completely.

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How PDF Converter Hub infected your PC

Adware, like PDF Converter Hub, can infect your PC or Mac in different ways. Firstly, developers hunt for users, that are searching for utilities and online services for converting or creating PDF files. They create lots of websites devoted to this topic, run advertising campaigns and offer PDF Converter Hub as a solution. Secondly, PDF Converter Hub can be installed as free “addition” with free applications with a “bundled” installer. Anyways, users should be very careful and attentive while downloading such programs from Internet. Use special anti-malware programs with PUA (potentially unwanted apps) protection to prevent infection with such threats. SpyHunter 5, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Combo Cleaner are among the best applications, that offer this feature and able to remove PDF Converter Hub automatically.

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To remove PDF Converter Hub completely, we recommend you to use Combo Cleaner. It can help you remove files, folders and registry keys of PDF Converter Hub and uninstall hijackers, toolbars and unwanted add-ons from Safari browser. Trial version of Combo Cleaner offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Remove PDF Converter Hub manually for free

Here is manual step-by-step tutorial for full PDF Converter Hub removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of PDF Converter Hub installer on operating systems with latest updates and browser versions.

Remove PDF Converter Hub from Control Panel or Applications

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To start removing PDF Converter Hub you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – PDF Converter Hub is most common. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller Pro to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Mac.

Remove PDF Converter Hub from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. PDF Converter Hub might have an Uninstaller. If you see Uninstall PDF Converter Hub, PDF Converter Hub Uninstaller or other suspicious program, double-click it and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Otherwise, drag PDF Converter Hub from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Remove PDF Converter Hub from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find PDF Converter Hub or other suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove PDF Converter Hub from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find PDF Converter Hub or other suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove PDF Converter Hub from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find PDF Converter Hub or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove PDF Converter Hub from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall PDF Converter Hub from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate PDF Converter Hub or other suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate PDF Converter Hub or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall PDF Converter Hub

In some cases PDF Converter Hub won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall PDF Converter Hub. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing PDF Converter Hub folder and files. This happens, because process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or uninstall PDF Converter Hub in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting type F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove PDF Converter Hub or other suspicious program.

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

and for Mac:

If you can’t uninstall PDF Converter Hub using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of PDF Converter Hub. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag PDF Converter Hub or other suspicious program from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with PDF Converter Hub.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling PDF Converter Hub from Control Panel often does not bring desired effect. It sometimes have browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove PDF Converter Hub related extension from your browsers manually.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find PDF Converter Hub extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Google Chrome:

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  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions/.
  3. Find PDF Converter Hub or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose PDF Converter Hub or other suspicious extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove PDF Converter Hub from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable PDF Converter Hub, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable PDF Converter Hub or other unwanted add-on.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, PDF Converter Hub does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find PDF Converter Hub or other suspicious extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.
Important! Search.hpdfconverterhub.com asks to allow web browser notifications. To get rid of annoying notifications do the following:

Disable push notifications from Search.hpdfconverterhub.com in browsers

Remove Search.hpdfconverterhub.com from websites allowed to show push-notifications in Google Chrome

  1. Go to Google Chrome settings, by clicking 3-dots icon in the top-right corner and choosing Settings.
  2. Open advanced settings by clicking Advanced in the bottom.
  3. Under opened Privacy and security tab, choose Content settings.
  4. Click on Notifications menu (with the bell icon).
  5. Set up preferred overall settings for push notifications and click Manage exceptions… button.
  6. Find Search.hpdfconverterhub.com in the list and click cross icon to remove it. Click Done button to confirm the action.

Remove Search.hpdfconverterhub.com from websites allowed to show push-notifications in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Go to Mozilla Firefox options, by clicking 3-bars icon in the top-right corner and choosing Options.
  2. Choose Content tab on the left side.
  3. Under Notifications, set up preferred overall settings for push-notifications and click Choose… button.
  4. Find Search.hpdfconverterhub.com in the list and click Remove site to remove it.
  5. Click Safe Changes button to confirm the action.

Remove Search.hpdfconverterhub.com from websites allowed to show push-notifications in Safari

  1. Open Safari, and in the top menu click Safari, choose Preferences.
  2. In the Preferences window, click on Websites tab.
  3. On the left side, choose Notifications. You will see the list of websites and their settings for showing notifications.
  4. Find Search.hpdfconverterhub.com in the list and click Remove button.

Remove Search.hpdfconverterhub.com from websites allowed to show push-notifications in Android (Chrome)

  1. Open Google Chrome app on Android, and tap on three dots to open main menu.
  2. In the drop-down menu choose Settings, scroll down and under Advanced section tap on Site Settings.
  3. In the Site Settings menu tap on Notifications.
  4. In the Allowed list of websites allowed to show notifications find Search.hpdfconverterhub.com, tap on it and in the bottom of the window tap on Clean & Reset button.
  5. Confirm your action by tapping on Clean & Reset again in opened dialog box.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

PDF Converter Hub installs search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is instruction to reset your browsers homepage, new tab and search engine to default values.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings/.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

How to block redirects from PDF Converter Hub

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PDF Converter Hub redirects, in most cases, are caused by a program installed on your PC or add-on installed in browsers. However, sometimes it can appear on a clean computer when visiting malicious website, using advertising script. Also, apps that generate “PDF Converter Hub” hijacks are themselves installed from pop-ups. To protect your PC and browsers from phishing websites, pop-up ads, banners, malicious scripts it is recommended to use AdGuard. Download free trial here:

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Cleaning browsers shortcuts

shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like PDF Converter Hub may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and anti-malware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like PDF Converter Hub.

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