AbridorPDF is a new questionable Google Chrome browser extension that may pose a potential threat to your virtual security by promoting a risky search engine. This Spanish-language extension offers you a third-party website where you can unlock locked PDF documents. Since it is quite possible that this tool appears on your system under questionable circumstances, we have labeled it as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP. Unfortunately, it is quite possible that this PUP has entered your computer along with more dangerous malware infections. This may make this questionable application probably the least of a threat; yet, we suggest that you start making your system clean by removing AbridorPDF first and then, eliminating all other possible sources of threat. Please read our full article to learn more about this PUP and how you can avoid similar attacks.
There are two possible ways for you to download and install this PUP directly; however, we do not believe that too many users would find these URLs easily on the web. One is the promotional page, abridorpdf.com, which is a rather simple page that practically only has one big installation button. After you press this button, you should be cautious to go on because a pop-up window is displayed that contains the rights you have to grant this tool to be able to add this extension. However, these rights may not be the ones you want a questionable tool to have because it may be able to collect information about your browsing habits and share this with third parties, too. The other page can be found in the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/abridorpdf/anpdcbljihfeddblkmhdoejeiaaeghan. This page clearly shows that only around 300 users have installed this PUP, which does not really make it a popular one. But the truth is that there is yet a third way for this extension to spread over the net: freeware bundles.
This is really bad news for you because it can mean that you do not even recall installing this PUP, which can be an indication that you may have downloaded it in a freeware bundle. Such a software package should not be trusted as it may contain PUPs even when you download it off of official or reputable websites. But what about bundles that you can download from suspicious torrent and freeware pages or by clicking on corrupt third-party advertisements? Such packages could contain several malicious software installers and PUPs on top of a possibly legitimate freeware program. When infected with such a bundle, it should be clear that it is advisable to run a full system malware scan after you delete AbridorPDF from your browser.
This useless PUP provides you with a quick link, i.e., a banner below the search box on a promoted search website (findgofind.com). This banner redirects you to pdfunlock.com where you are supposed to be able to unlock locked PDF files. In other words, this third-party page claims to “remove passwords and restrictions from secured PDF files.” But you can also try to protect a PDF file and you will only find yourself on another website (onlinepdfservices.com) where you will be offered a questionable software download as well as potentially unreliable third-party ads. All in all, we do not recommend that you use this Spanish PUP for anything really and we have not even talked about the search engine it promotes.
Unfortunately, sending queries through this tool could land you on modified search results pages that could contain harmful third-party ads and sponsored links, which are the source of revenue for this tool. We have also found that when this PUP is installed, you cannot even use other, reputable search engines like Google without interruptions. The legitimate search results page by Google automatically redirects to findgofind.com after a few seconds. Now, that is rather annoying and once again, you could be exposed to questionable content. Engaging with such third-party ads and links could lead to further infections on your system or even to online scams if you were to be redirected to malicious websites. This is why we consider this PUP a potential risk source and this why we suggest that you remove AbridorPDF as soon as possible.
If you want to end the presence of this PUP on your computer quickly, you can use our instructions below. It should not take more than a minute really even if you are not an experienced computer user. Please note that your computer could still be infected by other threats and you would not be fully safe going online unless you take care of all possible infections. If you cannot protect your PC properly, we suggest that you start employing a reliable anti-malware program like SpyHunter.