GlobalPDFConverterSearch is a potentially unwanted program that is compatible with the Chrome browser. It works like a browser extension and it requires your permission to be added to yours. However, users often fail to notice how they give their permission to GlobalPDFConverterSearch to perform various modifications. Afterward, they think they’ve gotten infected with a browser hijacker or anything like it, but that’s far from the truth. The good news is that you can remove GlobalPDFConverterSearch from your browser today. Simply scroll down to the bottom of this description for the manual removal instructions.
Now, this extension has a page at the Chrome Web Store. This should be enough of a proof that it is not a direct security threat. However, due to its distribution methods, it is still considered a potentially unwanted program because it could be added to the target browser accidentally.
The program’s page on the Chrome Web Store says that this extension gives you “the best way to search.” It also says that GlobalPDFConverterSearch “changes your Chrome’s Default Search.” And the search engine is optimized by Yahoo. What’s more, this “product lets you browse the web and get easy access to search, images, videos and news.” Just like multiple other apps from the same family, this extension is also promoted as a “single purpose extension.”
What users often fail to understand is that by installing such programs, they agree to their Terms of Service. Even if users are not aware of what’s going on, they technically give their permission to perform all sorts of modifications. One of those modifications that make users think they’ve got infected with a browser hijacker is the search engine change.
GlobalPDFConverterSearch sets feed.globalpdfconvertersearch.com as the default search engine, but of course, there’s nothing original about it. Just as it’s been mentioned in the extract from the Chrome Web Store, the search engine is powered by Yahoo. Also, whenever you run a search query through feed.globalpdfconvertersearch.com, you eventually land on a modified Yahoo! Search page. Please note that some of those search results you see could also be tailored based on your likes and preferences.
Along with changing your default search engine, this application employs tracking cookies to read your browsing history. Although it cannot collect personally identifiable information, it can still get a pretty decent grasp on the things you like and the things you prefer to see online. As a result, some of the search results you encounter could be modified based on that collected data. Why would GlobalPDFConverterSearch do that? Well, to increase the possibility of your clicking those links.
If you click an outgoing link delivered by this extension, you will generate it some financial profit. And you might even land on some site you’ve been looking for, but that’s not always the case. You could also find yourself on some suspicious website because GlobalPDFConverterSearch doesn’t review the links it promotes. Thus, you need to take the matter of your cybersecurity into your own hands and terminate all the apps that could expose you to potential threats.
You can remove GlobalPDFConverterSearch manually in several ways. You can restore your browser’s settings to default or simply remove the app through the Extensions menu. You can always employ a legitimate security program that would scan your system and find other potentially unwanted apps. There is a good chance that you have several of them frolicking around your system, as they tend to travel in groups. Remove them all at once, and then safeguard your system against similar intruders in the future. And don’t forget to review your browsing habits just to be on the safe side.