Click PDF Search


Click PDF Search

There’s no need to be constantly disturbed by Click PDF Search ads, page redirects, new tabs, and banners every time you open your web browser. If a browser hijacker called Click PDF Search has recently put you in that situation, on this page, you’ll learn how to save yourself from the invasion.

Click PDF Search

ClickPDFSearch.com will display pop up messages and redirect your searches

In the next lines, we’ve prepared a detailed removal guide with screenshots, and explanations on how to find and remove the ad-generating files. But we highly recommend that you read the information that follows before you do so. Not only will it give you a better understanding of exactly what browser hijackers can do, but also it will offer you a few tips on how to keep them away.

What is Click PDF Search capable of?

Click PDF Search may affect all browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc.), and change the homepage, place another search engine, or install a page-redirect service, which constantly redirects your searches to some unknown web sites full of ads, banners, and pop-up boxes. The program could also trigger some browsing-related disturbance such as screen-freezing, and lags, and  thus discourage people from surfing the internet through that browser. Click PDF Search may even collect, and transmit data about the activity of the user back to its developers. Usually, this is done with the goal of optimizing the ads displayed according to the searches of the user, and increasing the chances of more people clicking on those ads. However, some users may consider this data collection as an invasion of their privacy, particularly when it is not really clear where this information is going, and how it is stored.

Is Click PDF Search a  virus?

If you’re wondering why the advertisements are so irritating, you should understand they’re just put on your screen to gain revenue. Fortunately, this is not an illegal criminal scheme for quick cash. It is not the same as a Ransomware that blackmails you, or a Trojan that may try to drain your banking accounts. Instead, this revenue-earning method enables the developers of browser hijackers to gain some income from every click the displayed advertisements receive. That’s why they’ve programmed Click PDF Search to show as many of them as possible on your screen, and to even automatically redirect people to some pre-defined websites. ⠀

Users who haven’t experienced this kind of activity before usually think they have been infected by a virus, but that’s not the case. It’s important to note that browser hijackers like Wave browser, Humisnee aren’t malicious programs–they don’t have damaging code in them, that can harm your system, nor can they replicate themselves and automatically get to other computers in the same network. And although they might really irritate you with their annoying advertisements, such programs certainly can’t encrypt your files as Ransomware infections can, so if you detect them on your PC, you don’t really need to get panicked. However, you always have the option to uninstall them if you don’t want to tolerate the irritating ad-generating activity.

How to uninstall Click PDF Search successfully?

Uninstalling a browser hijacker may be a bit of a tricky task. Yet, we are sure that with the help of the removal guide below, you will be able to remove the unwanted components once and for all. Investing in proper system protection with good anti-malware software is also a good idea, as this will make sure you don’t meet any such annoying programs in the future.

SUMMARY:

Name Click PDF Search
Type Browser Hijacker
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Remove Click PDF Search

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

    Step3

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Step4

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    Step5

    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

    NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Click PDF Search from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Click PDF Search from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Click PDF Search from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Step6

    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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    About the author

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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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