PdfBaron might look like a handy tool if you have a need to convert PDF files into Microsoft Word documents or the other way around every day, but according to our specialists the application is unreliable, and it would be safer to look for a more reputable one. To be more precise, the tool was categorized as a potentially unwanted program or PUP since it may replace specific browser preferences or even show untrustworthy advertising content through its provided search engine. Therefore, our researchers recommend not to trust it or better yet delete the PUP before it has any chance to cause you trouble. Hopefully, the steps we will add at the end of this article will help users who wish to get rid of PdfBaron deal with it manually.
The program appears to be compatible only with the Google Chrome browser. Currently, it can be downloaded from the following web pages: pdfbaron.com or chrome.google.com/webstore. Besides these links, it is entirely possible the PUP could be spread with bundled software installers too, although we cannot be one hundred percent sure. In any case, once installed PdfBaron might alter user’s browser preferences by replacing his default search engine and new tab with tab.pdfbaron.com. The mentioned website is a search engine providing a box to upload the document you wish to convert. We cannot say anything wrong about the tool for converting documents, but there are a few things you should know before searching the Internet with tab.pdfbaron.com.
For starters, we found out the PdfBaron’s presented search engine might gather and display results with a modified versions of Yahoo search engine. It means the application could inject the gathered results with third-party advertising before displaying them. The worst part is not the fact this content might be irritating, but the possibility some of it could be potentially dangerous. Our specialists believe this might be true because the PUP’s creators claim they do not take any responsibility for the third-party content, which means if the software injects any ads they might originate from anywhere as the extension's developers most likely do not review such content. Thus, if you started surfing the Internet with tab.pdfbaron.com, we urge you to be cautious.
Given, there is a possibility the user could accidentally endanger his system while using the PUP’s provided search engine; we do not think it would be wise to continue using it, even if the file-converting tool it also offers appears to be useful. There are various online applications that you do not need to install and can still use for free to convert different data, so we advise you not to take any chances with PdfBaron and eliminate it. Probably, the easiest ways to erase the suspicious browser extension is to launch the browser, access its settings, and remove the unwanted application from the extensions’ list. Another uncomplicated way to delete the PUP is to perform a system scan with an antimalware tool you trust. Plus, acquiring a legitimate security tool could strengthen the computer and protect it from future threats.