Do not assume that every extension that sounds useful is useful. Take PDFConverterSearch4Free as an example. The name of this extension might seem promising, and the information that can be found next to its installer on the Chrome Web Store suggests that it is a beneficial tool that can optimize your web searches. Needless to say, that is usually enough for Chrome users to want to try something out. The thing is that downloading something for free is not always an inconsequential thing. Some extensions and apps can look harmless, but turn out to be malicious, and that is why you need to be cautious about what you install. Are you currently worried that you have downloaded a threat? Perhaps a malware scanner identified the seemingly harmless extension as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and recommended removal? We do recommend deleting PDFConverterSearch4Free, and you can learn all about it in this report.
Perhaps chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pdfconvertersearch4free/jmogbdeelhhdhbcdfblpclejnlidoikf was the webpage you downloaded PDFConverterSearch4Free from. Perhaps you used an unfamiliar installer. While it is better to use the Chrome Web Store rather than unfamiliar installers that can bundle the PUP along with malware, we do not recommend installing it in any way. Some Google Chrome users might decide to install it just because portal.pdfconvertersearch4free.com offers a free file converter, but this page is not introduced by the PUP. Instead, it is feed.pdfconvertersearch4free.com that gets introduced, and it is meant to take over the default search provider of your browser. That is exactly how extensions from the PDFConverterSearch4Free family work. We cannot say which the first extension in the family was, but some of the more recent variants include HDMusicStreamSearch, GamingSearch, and ConvertItSearch. They usually have unique installers and, obviously, names, but they always act the same once installed.
Obviously, the most noticeable change that PDFConverterSearch4Free instigates is a default search provider takeover. Unfortunately, some people might not realize this, or they might forget about it, and that is easy to do since the PUP redirects to Yahoo Search. Many Chrome users might not even link the PUP with this search engine, and that is dangerous. Why? The PUP influences the results to ensure that you are shown exactly what it wants you to see. This might include sponsored third-party content. Even if it is attractive – and it should be, given that the PUP tracks your browsing history to personalize the content – you should stay away from it because you do not know what it could hide. Perhaps the injected links could represent authentic products, services, and websites, but on the flip side, you could also be exposed to virtual scams and dangerous malware. Note that schemers know what to offer and how to display it to trick you, and so you can never let your guard down. But shouldn’t Yahoo Search only show links to harmless websites? Not if a third-party search engine is involved. In this situation, we recommend staying on the err of caution.
So, how will you remove PDFConverterSearch4Free? First of all, have you scanned your system? If you think that there are no threats running around, you might think that performing a full system scan is a waste of time, but it is not. A reliable scanner only takes a few minutes to inspect your system thoroughly, and once it is done, it lists all of the threats that require removal. Ideally, PDFConverterSearch4Free is the only threat that you need to delete, but you can never be sure of that unless a full system scan is performed. If you scan your system and threats are found, we hope that you can find the guides you need on this website, but you also should think if installing an automated anti-malware tool is not the better option. This tool would instantly delete all threats, and you could also forget about protection in the future as the tool would take care of it. Have any questions? Add them to the comments below.