PDFpower.exe Malware

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PDFpower.exe

PDFpower.exe is among the latest Trojan horse variants to be discovered by security researchers. PDFpower.exe is highly dangerous and must be removed from your system if detected as soon as possible.

The PDFpower.exe malware
PDFpower.exe can damage the computer system

PDFpower

Trojan horse viruses like PDFpower are notorious for the kind of damage they are capable of causing. And it’s no coincidence that they are the most widely known category of computer viruses. In addition to being highly dangerous, they are also the most numerous type of malware out there.

PDFpower malware deceptive promoter
The PDFpower Setup Wizard

In fact, a whopping 75%-85% of all malware attacks are attributed to none other than this particular type of malicious code. And with the amount of malicious attacks that occur every day on the internet, you can also guess that the sheer numbers of Trojans like Wup.exe lurking out there is astounding. Moreover, new ones are developed almost every day and security software specialists are constantly struggling to keep up with the latest variants in order to add them to their databases.

This is why regularly updating your operating system as well as your antivirus or antimalware software is crucial for maintaining your computer safe from such infections. But occasionally new threats that have not yet been discovered and made known to the public slip past our defenses and can cause a lot of harm.

What is PDFpower.exe?

PDFpower.exe is a file that serves as an element of a Trojan virus. Its purpose is to execute diverse malevolent activities on a compromised computer, including the theft of sensitive data, the installation of supplementary malware, and the facilitation of unauthorized access and control by attackers over the compromised system.


Is PDFpower exe a virus?

PDFpower.exe is a malevolent Trojan virus that is packaged together with loaders and adware. It is a malicious program that has the potential to inflict damage upon the computer system, therefore it is advisable to promptly eliminate it.

The PDFpower.exe Malware

The PDFpower.exe malware is one of the newest viruses. So new, in fact, that we don’t yet have sufficient data on it to determine what exactly its criminal creators are after.

Processes Tab related to Pdfpower that are using a lot of CPU
The PDFpower.exe Malware in the Windows OS Task Manager

But it’s enough to know that whatever it is – it’s no good. Here are just a few examples of what malicious software of the Trojan horse category is capable of. And believe us that this list is by no means exhaustive.

  • Trojans like PDFpower.exe can be programmed to steal information and even money from users with the help of a whole range of different techniques. For instance, a Trojan can hijack your traffic and have it pass through remote servers, allowing the hackers behind it to gain access to everything you do online.
  • Similarly, viruses of this type can employ a variety of techniques in order to spy on users. Key stroke logging, accessing the webcam and mic and sharing the computer screen are just some of the possibilities.
  • Resource exploitation. Your computer could be made part of a botnet as a result of a Trojan horse infection, for example. But an increasingly popular use of these viruses is cryptocurrency mining. So your machine’s resources could be put to use to mine Bitcoin or some other crytpocurrency for the hackers without you knowing it.

So as you can see, there are plenty of ways in which PDFpower.exe could compromise you and your computer.

If you have detected PDFpower.exe threat on your machine, it’s important to see to its removal immediately. Below is a detailed removal guide that will show you how to do this manually, although this process may require a somewhat higher level of technical skills. Alternatively, you can also use the professional removal tool linked below.

SUMMARY:

NamePDFpower.exe
TypeTrojan
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove PDFpower.exe!

How to remove PDFpower.exe

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find PDFpower.exe in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select PDFpower.exe from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to PDFpower.exe.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to PDFpower.exe.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove PDFpower.exe from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the PDFpower.exe extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to PDFpower.exe and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

Manage Extensions on Google Chrome to remove Pdfpower

Change the name of Default folder and restart PC to remove Pdfpower from Google Chrome

How to get rid of PDFpower.exe on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the PDFpower.exe extension
  4. Get rid of PDFpower.exe by removing it from extensions

Removing Pdfpower related Mozila Firefox extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “PDFpower.exe” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

Removing Pdfpower from Internet Explorer homepage

How to Delete PDFpower.exe

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the PDFpower.exe process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete PDFpower.exe

Delete Pdfpower from Task Manager
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “PDFpower.exe” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall PDFpower.exe

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for PDFpower.exe in there
    4. Uninstall PDFpower.exe from Startup Apps by turning it off

    Pdfpower uninstall via Startup Apps

    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any PDFpower.exe-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to PDFpower.exe in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    Pdfpower uninstall entries via Registry Editor


    Is PDFpower.exe dangerous?

    But it’s enough to know that whatever it is – it’s no good. Here are just a few examples of what malicious software of the Trojan horse category is capable of. And believe us that this list is by no means exhaustive.
    Trojans like PDFpower.exe can be programmed to steal information and even money from users with the help of a whole range of different techniques. For instance, a Trojan can hijack your traffic and have it pass through remote servers, allowing the hackers behind it to gain access to everything you do online.
    Similarly, viruses of this type can employ a variety of techniques in order to spy on users. Key stroke logging, accessing the webcam and mic and sharing the computer screen are just some of the possibilities.
    Resource exploitation. Your computer could be made part of a botnet as a result of a Trojan horse infection, for example. But an increasingly popular use of these viruses is cryptocurrency mining. So your machine’s resources could be put to use to mine Bitcoin or some other crytpocurrency for the hackers without you knowing it.
    So as you can see, there are plenty of ways in which PDFpower.exe could compromise you and your computer.
    If you have detected PDFpower.exe threat on your machine, it’s important to see to its removal immediately. Below is a detailed removal guide that will show you how to do this manually, although this process may require a somewhat higher level of technical skills. Alternatively, you can also use the professional removal tool linked below.

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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