How to remove (uninstall) PDFtoDOC

Do you experience difficulties with aggravating advertisement? Are you tired of the device turning off or reloading all the time? Is PDFtoDOC adware messing with your machine? If the answer is positive to all those questions – we will assist you to eliminate your difficulties. In this guide, you’ll find the complex measures on adware’s removal from your system itself and from all modern browsers.

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Ads on the Net did go extremely irritating recent time, and we all are getting used to it. Pop-ups are all around – starting from reliable social networks and ending with long-dead portals. Some time ago, you've noticed maybe a few pop-ups each day, and currently there is a dozen per each website. Advertisers did finally realize that the Web is the rich place to invite new customers, and so did scammers. They develop unwanted tools to sneak into the workstation and make it display to you unreliable, fraud banners. Our today's subject is an exact example of suchlike tools. Ads by PDFtoDOC are not meant to make your shopping faster – they are just for clicking. If you click on such a ad, you’ll appear on a hackers' page, where you won't get anything real. Commonly, there is nothing at all, besides an offer to download a useless toll-free utility, which will drive your device crazy and provide you with even more ads. If you've had enough of it – in our guide you’ll find everything you need to uninstall PDFtoDOC.

What is PDFtoDOC

 

We're talking about a tool, designed for a sole purpose: to display ads to customers. We can't even call it a program, as it’s just an elementary script, able to modify your browser options and adding new lines to the registry. Here's a thorough depiction of the usual infection process:

  • If you've marked the "hard" way and aborted the installation of PDFtoDOC – you wouldn’t read our article. Based on this, we suppose that you didn’t look at that menu. According to this the installation proceeded and PDFtoDOC began working.
  • The most important process that advertising utility performs as soon as it sneaks into the system is taking your browser under complete control. It switches the default homepage and search system and substitutes them with the hackers' fraud site. Then you just cannot see relevant search results – adware will display to you only the ads that fraudsters are willing to show you.
  • Next step is to upload the advertising program to a file-sharing portal, along with a few other suspicious programs. It just waits for a gullible person to find it – a guy that won’t inspect the info during the installation and wants to finish the installation ASAP. Naturally, the installation file isn’t called PDFtoDOC adware – there is another utility in a bundle. It's the one that people look for, but downloading it, they receive a heap of trash too.
  • During the installing process of advertising program, you are forced to pick between easy way and the installation for experienced operators. The first method is already marked, and sometimes you cannot select another one, as it’s not available. By picking the offered manner you agree to install each unwanted utility from adware bundle, and the second manner lets you pick the needed tool and ignore the others.
  • The main PDFtoDOC’s goal is fulfilled after it modifies the browser settings, so it just needs to develop safety measures. It adds new entries into the system registry and sets system tasks to not let you switch browser settings.

This is how adware infection looks like. Following the stage #5, PDFtoDOC is completely useless, as all serious job, including the showing of ads, gets done by fake search engine. In most cases the website looks like Bing, Yahoo or Google, and customer can type anything in the search bar, but there won’t be any real answers. Scammers use a toll-free feature, known as Google Custom Search Engine to make their fake search, and its basic feature is to narrow the search area to a couple webpages. Hackers use this service to show the fraud results and make users think that they’re real.

How to protect the system

The security of user's workstation is such a goal that can't be achieved with the help of single super-measure. Of course, the antiviral program will be very helpful, yet you still should do, or even not to do some things. We’ll catalogue these measures below.

  • You shouldn’t download free utilities, but if you aren't ready to stop installing it – download it from an official website.
  • Renovate your utilities when the updates get released, particularly, the OS and your browser. Suchlike measures will lower the odds of infection.
  • Do not click on aggressive ads, and don’t go to poorly-made pages. By that we mean the ones that distribute pirated software and movies, 18+ materials, and other similar stuff.
  • There is no possible matter to deactivate your AV program. Especially if a suspicious site offers you to disable it.

The list above will help you to evade advertising utilities and most of the other unwanted programs. Regardless of that, some viruses may sneak into the OS with the help of other methods, and you have to purchase a good antiviral tool to delete them.

Methods to remove PDFtoDOC

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove PDFtoDOC manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove PDFtoDOC from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

 

When it comes to adware removal, there's a choice between two proven options. You can choose the elimination in manual mode, where you'll have to perform everything by yourself, or a software way that takes a lot less time. Either of them is totally secure and efficient, but you'd better know more about them before making a decision. First of all, if you want to eliminate adware by hand – you won’t need to purchase any utilities. You should know that if you have some more dangerous utilities to remove besides PDFtoDOC – it might be a problem. The automatic method requires the purchase of a good antivirus. It's called Spyhunter. We recommend you to try it as it’s not just trusted, lightweight, tested and prompt but has a lot of other conveniences. Its viral signature database is updated each day so that even the latest malware couldn't infect the device unnoticed. And it comes at a fair price! You don’t need to make your choice this minute, and if there are any doubts about its capabilities – just get a toll-free trial version.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "PDFtoDOC" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove PDFtoDOC from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove PDFtoDOC

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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