This page aims to help you remove EasyPDFCombine. These EasyPDFCombine removal instructions work for Firefox, Safari, Chrome, as well as every version of MacOS and Windows.
What is EasyPDFCombine? (And how can you remove it?)
EasyPDFCombine is a browser extension/toolbar that is said to provide the user with a number of useful features that are directly added to their Chrome, IE, Firefox or whatever other browser they might be using. Those features include combining PDF files, converting PDF to other formats, text translations and access to a dictionary. So far, so good. On paper, all of this sounds very pleasant and helpful, especially when taking into consideration the fact that all of these features would be directly integrated within your browser and you would not need to download a specialized PDF reader in order to have access to such features. Then why is EasyPDFCombine considered potentially unwanted? Well, there are a couple of reasons for that and here we will give you an in-depth explanation as to why this program might not be as reliable and as helpful as one might think at first.
The biggest problem with EasyPDFCombine is that it is known to implement undesirable and unpleasant changes to the user’s system and browsers. For example, one very common complaint is that the software would more than likely change the user’s browser front page to some other website. Should the user attempt to revert the changes that the PUP (potentially unwanted program) has made, the latter would automatically reassign the said changes.
However, a replaced starting page is far not the worst issue that one might have when encountered with the invasive program. Another thing that the program is known to be capable of is tracking the user’s online activity. If you have the PUP on your PC, then what you do online is more than likely being monitored by the unwanted software and the acquired data is being kept for future use. There are a lot of programs known to do for marketing purposes. They gather user data from the browser and later implement the gained info within adverts generated by them so that the ads seem more likable and attractive. However, once the information is extracted from the browser, the user has no control whatsoever regarding what happens with it. For what you know, your personal data might get sold to third parties over and over again and you would not be able to do anything about it. Programs known to do that are usually referred to as Browser Hijackers and since EasyPDFCombine, too, seems to possess similar traits, one might as well categorize it as a Hijacker.
How threatening is it?
Obviously, EasyPDFCombine is not as perfect as it might seem at first sight. However, it is still a legit piece of software and to users that don’t mind having their privacy invaded and their browser settings modified, it might even turn out to be quite useful. Despite the fact that it might a potentially unwanted software, the program we are talking about is not inherently harmful and, on its own, it should not pose any threat to your machine. In the end, it is up to the individual user to decide whether or not it is acceptable to have their virtual personal space invaded in exchange for a couple of useful features that the software in question is said to provide. In case you already had the PUP installed onto your computer and are currently trying to uninstall it, be sure to check our removal guide beneath this article which will help you to get rid of the program quickly and effectively.
How does it get installed?
Something that we haven’t mentioned yet is that a lot of people have been complaining that the PUP has gotten onto their computers without them actually wanting to install it. This is because one of the most common ways of distributing EasyPDFCombine is via the so-called file bundling. When a piece of software is bundled with another program, once the other program gets installed, the said bundled software gets installed along. Usually, there is an option that allows the user to uncheck the bundled application so as to install only the main program. However, a lot of users tend to neglect that and pay little to no attention regarding what added applications there might be within the setup wizard. Additionally, the developers themselves might sometimes try to make it more difficult to notice when there have been applications bundled within the main install. For example, a lot of times one must opt for the Custom installation settings so as to see what has been bundled as additional installs. This is precisely what our advice for you is. From now on, every time you are about to install a new program, make sure that you check every single option within the setup wizard and if you find out that there are in fact applications that have been bundled with the main program, look them up to see if they are potentially unwanted. In case anything added appears to be shady and seems likely to be unwanted, uncheck it, just to be sure.
|Danger Level||Low |
|Symptoms||Usually, the PUP’s presence can be noticed when you enter your browser and see that it’s homepage has been changed without your permission.|
|Distribution Method||In the majority of instances, this PUP is distributed via the file-bundling method.|
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove EasyPDFCombine successfully!
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove EasyPDFCombine from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove EasyPDFCombine from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove EasyPDFCombine from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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—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!