The DocToPDFConverter is a malicious browser hijacker that is developed by the notorious hackers to promote third party websites, and damage the windows based computers permanently. It has the ability to destroy important system files, and disturb the normal working of the system. This dangerous browser hijacker is promoted via few download, junk mail attachments, and social media links. The main objective of this virus is to gain the control of your browsing and other online activities. In this regard, it makes several changes in your browser without your permission. You will notice that the homepage is automatically changed to home.tb.ask.com, and the default search provider is changed to search.tb.ask.com. It display manipulated search results whenever you try to search anything on the web, and record your search queries. It keeps diverting your web searches towards unknown phishing websites where you are forced to make click on the compromised web links. Moreover, it affects the overall performance of the system, and you are unable to perform your routine tasks on the system. It mainly affect the browsing speed due to which you cannot open any website of your choice.
Manual Removal of DocToPDFConverter
Once the system comes under attack by the DocToPDFConverter browser hijacker, your duty is to remove this nasty infection quickly in order to protect your resources as well as data. You can choose an automatic removal tool that is easily available on the web. Besides that, you can also try the manual removal process which is mentioned below:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
Restart the infected PC, and access the boot options menu by using the F8 key repeatedly while the system is restarting. You have to select the Safe mode option from the list and press the Enter key to access the system in the safe mode.
End the Malicious Processes
Open the task manager by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together. Click on the processes tab, and remove the following malicious processes from the available list before closing the task manager:-
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
Remove the Associated Data
Open the file explorer, proceed to the system files folder, and remove the following associated files of this threat by using the Delete key:-
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
In the end, you are required to remove the corrupt additions in the windows registry. Access the registry editor by clicking on the start menu, and run the RegEdit command before pressing the OK button. Once the registry editor is accessed, you have to remove the following associated entries of the DocToPDFConverter:-
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DocToPDFConverter\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DocToPDFConverter\UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DocToPDFConverter\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
Once above mentioned process is completed, you need to reboot the computer in the normal mode and check if you are succeeded to remove the virus manually. If the virus is removed, you must run a complete system scan after updating your existing antivirus program.