Pdf2docpro.com is a malicious domain deemed to be a browser hijacker. The rogue application lures users to download the malicious plug-in by claiming to:
The malevolent domain hosts fake customer review to gain user confidence. However users are recommended not to fall in the trap of these insubstantial claims. The website also displays a “Download for chrome Button” to confuse users to believe that the extension works only for Chrome browser. However this is misleading as the extension can be downloaded on other browser platforms as well including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft edge etc.
Pdf2docpro.com browser Hijacker is powered by Bing – a legitimate search engine owned and operated by Microsoft. Once infiltrated in the system, entering queries in the search box of this illegitimate search engine redirects users to www.bing.com. Hence users are compelled to use this search engine. All Attempts to change the URL go in vain as the malware is configured to replace the web searches to the malicious website. Even though the site claims to be powered by Bing, it is not a good idea to use this search engine as the search results are inappropriate and promote sponsored web pages.
The template of new search engine may resemble with popular legitimate browsers to deceive users. The components contained in the template include:
Main Search Bar — It contains a search box and a search icon. Queries entered here redirects user to sponsored pages that may be malevolent and make system prone to other PC infections.
Links Bar — The bar shows icons to popular Internet services like FaceBook, Gmail, Instagram, YouTube etc. Click on these icons redirect users to web pages that are malicious and pose a threat to system security and privacy.
PDF to Doc and vice versa – It shows clickable icons of PDF to Doc converter, Doc to PDF converter and Translator. However, as mentioned earlier the icons may appear useful but users shouldn’t risk their systems by clicking on them as they may land on suspicious websites by clicking on it.
Infiltration of Pdf2docpro.com Browser Hijacker gives the control of the default browser to cyber-miscreants. The malevolent act begins with the modification of user configured browser settings by the malicious extension. The homepage, search engine and new tab of the default browser are replaced by the nasty infection with its own. This ruins user’s online surfing routine as your search results are inappropriate to your query. The searches are directed to sponsored websites that may be malicious and make the system susceptible to other system threats.
Pdf2docpro.com Browser Hijacker invades system registries to achieve persistent installation. This launches the malware automatically each time system is booted.
The malevolent Browser extension runs suspicious websites that lurk in the background without your knowledge. This eats up system memory and renders your PC sluggish.
Infestation of Pdf2docpro.com Browser Hijacker results in your browsing activities to be monitored by cyber miscreants. For instance, your browser cookies and browsing histories are tracked by this malicious infection. The collected information is used to bombard user browser screen with appropriate ads and pop-ups of user interest that are malevolent. The motive behind this is to generate revenue by Pay-Per-Click technique.
The cybercriminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –
Browsers Affected: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox
Targeted Operating System: Windows
Category: Browser Hijacker
Symptoms: Homepage, new tab and search engine are replaced. Web searches are redirected to www.bing.com, appearance of sponsored ads and pop-ups
Registry Modification, unnatural network activities, occasional sluggishness of the infected device.
Note: Before we begin, try to remember how the extension got downloaded on your computer system. Generally, these programs come bundled with free applications that we download off the internet. It is a good practice to locate and uninstall such programs while removing the Browser Hijacker/ Extensions.
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