PDFConverterHQ Toolbar Removal Guide

Do you know what PDFConverterHQ Toolbar is?

PDFConverterHQ Toolbar is an extension that is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer browsers. The installation of this program heavily depends on which browser you choose to install it on. For example, if you install it onto Google Chrome, the extension will be represented via the New Tab, and this tool will be set to open on startup. What's more, the search provider associated with this toolbar is search.myway.com. Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers represent Ask Search, and, if you install the extension, chances are that you will find home.tb.ask.com set as your default homepage. Ask Search will change the homepage as well as the default search provider, and some users believe that this is done without permission. Do you think you need to delete PDFConverterHQ Toolbar because it is a hijacker? Well, you are not far from the truth. This toolbar hijacker is quite suspicious, and we advise removing it as soon as possible.

Every single Chrome extension has a unique ID that is composed of random letters. The ID associated with PDFConverterHQ Toolbar is iplaninjmgmgajaogojniphlojmebnod, and it also identifies the name of the folder under C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions. If you want to check the ID of the extension installed on your Chrome browser, all you need to do is go to the Extensions menu at chrome://extensions/ and view the list in “Developer mode.” You can also recognize the extension you are after by the modification date (if you know when the extension was installed). Although it is unlikely that you will have much use for the information within these files, you can delete them from this folder. Here is the list of directories that this toolbar creates.

Directories for 64 bit systems

  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iplaninjmgmgajaogojniphlojmebnod
  • %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\PDFConverterHQ*
  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile*\Extensions\iplaninjmgmgajaogojniphlojmebnod
  • %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*\PDFConverterHQ*
  • %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*\extensions\*PDFConverterHQ*

Directories for 32 bit systems

  • %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PDFConverterHQ*
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iplaninjmgmgajaogojniphlojmebnod
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\PDFConverterHQ*
  • %USERPROFILE%\Application Data\PDFConverterHQ*
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\\Chrome\User Data\Profile*\Extensions\iplaninjmgmgajaogojniphlojmebnod
  • %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*\PDFConverterHQ*
  • %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*\extensions\*PDFConverterHQ*

N.B. The asterisk represents unique folders or random letters added to the original name.

Free.pdfconverterhq.com/index.jhtml is the website that Mindspark Interactive Network (the developer) has set up to introduce you to the toolbar. The IP of this website is located in New York, and it was registered by MARKMONITOR INC. It was found that other domains are hosted on the same server, including allin1convert.com/index.jhtml (Allin1Convert Toolbar) and bibletriviatime.com/index.jhtml (KnowTheBible Toolbar). Unfortunately, our research team has found that third-party sources could be used to distribute this program as well. If malicious installers represented this program, you could have been tricked into installing a bunch of other unreliable, possibly more malicious programs. Although we want to focus on the removal of PDFConverterHQ Toolbar, you need to keep in mind that you might have to delete other unreliable programs as well. Use a trustworthy malware scanner to figure this out. Even if the toolbar is the only unwanted app on your PC, you still need to think about removal, as well as further protection of your Windows system.PDFConverterHQ Toolbar Removal GuidePDFConverterHQ Toolbar screenshot
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PDFConverterHQ Toolbar communicates with pdfconverterhq.dl.tb.ask.com/mirrorCookies.jhtml and anx.mindspark.com servers. This communication might be used to download data and acquire updates. The cookies downloaded are found under C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies or C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows. If you do not delete these cookies, information regarding your system, browsers, and virtual activity will be collected and shared with third-party partners. Mindspark is likely to sell this information to third-party advertisers whose ads might show up in the search results when using Ask Search and MyWay Search. This activity is another reason to delete this toolbar from your operating system and browsers.

The removal of PDFConverterHQ Toolbar can be very easy or it can be very complicated. If you install a legitimate malware removal tool, you will need to initiate a system scan and then the removal of found threats. If you decide to delete this toolbar manually, you will need to uninstall software, delete extensions, replace unwanted search tools, and, of course, get rid of the leftovers. We recommend this option for experienced users only because any mistake could lead to serious issues and system crashes. The first portion of the removal guide shows how to uninstall this program via Control Panel. Next, you learn how to delete unwanted extensions and search tools, and, finally, you find a list of all leftovers that you need to eliminate. Note that the removal of third-party malware might require just as much or even more attention.

Delete PDFConverterHQ Toolbar from Windows

Delete from Windows 10

  1. Enter Control Panel into the Taskbar search and launch it.
  2. Move to Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the unwanted program and choose Uninstall.

Delete from Windows 8.1 or Windows 8

  1. Open the Charm bar in Metro UI.
  2. Click Search, enter Uninstall a program, and launch it.
  3. Right-click the app you want to remove and choose Uninstall.

Delete from Windows 7 or Windows Vista

  1. Click the Windows icon on the left of the Taskbar.
  2. Open the Control Panel menu and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Identify the app you want to remove, click it, and select Uninstall.

Delete from Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu from the Taskbar.
  2. Open Control Panel and double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Identify the unwanted program, select it, and click Remove.

Remove PDFConverterHQ Toolbar extension

Remove from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch the browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Manage Add-ons and move to Search Providers.
  3. Set a new provider, Remove the unwanted provider, and click Close.
  4. Tap Alt+T again and select Internet options.
  5. Click the General tab, change/delete the Home Page URL, and click OK.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch the browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Options and navigate to the General menu.
  3. Change/delete the Home Page URL.
  4. Navigate to the Search menu and Remove the unwanted provider.
  5. Tap Alt+T again and select Add-ons.
  6. In the Extensions menu Remove the unwanted provider.

Remove from Google Chrome

  1. Launch the browser and tap Alt+T.
  2. Select Settings and move to the On Startup section.
  3. Click Disable extension to disable the undesirable Chrome add-on.
  4. Under Search click Manage search engines…
  5. Remove the unwanted search provider by clicking X on its URL.
  6. Move to the menu on the left and click Extensions.
  7. Click the trash button and select Remove.

Delete these files

Delete Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data under %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iplaninjmgmgajaogojniphlojmebnod
%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_pdfconverterhq.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal
%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_pdfconverterhq.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage
%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\http_pdfconverterhq.dl.myway.com_0.localstorage
%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\chrome-extension_iplaninjmgmgajaogojniphlojmebnod_0.localstorage-journal
%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\chrome-extension_iplaninjmgmgajaogojniphlojmebnod_0.localstorage

Delete these registry entries

  • Delete {B13B7235-3B07-433C-BED1-E11E0D120EDC} under HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\
  • Delete the listed registries under HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\