The Search.searchfpdfc.com is an unwanted web-site which installed as your startpage with the help of browser hijacker. Once started, it’ll change the settings of browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE. So, every time when you start a web-browser, it’ll always be forced to show Search.searchfpdfc.com web-site, even as your homepage has been set to a completely different web-page. On current date, this browser hijacker continues to increase the number of systems that have been infected.
Most often, the Search.searchfpdfc.com hijacker affects most common web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer. But such hijackers as well may infect another web browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of web-browser’s shortcut). So every time you run the browser, it will show Search.searchfpdfc.com web page. Even if you setup your start page again, it is still the first thing you see when you start the web-browser will be the annoying Search.searchfpdfc.com web-page.
The browser hijacker, which set the Search.searchfpdfc.com startpage as your home page can also set this unwanted web-page as your search engine. You will encounter the fact that the search in the web-browser has become uncomfortable to use, because the search results will consist of lots of advertisements, links to ad and unwanted pages and a small amount of regular links, which are obtained from a search in the major search engines. Therefore, look for something using Search.searchfpdfc.com site would be a waste of time or worse, it can lead to even more infected computer.
Although, Search.searchfpdfc.com hijacker is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it changes the settings of your web-browser. Moreover, an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) can be additionally installed on to your computer with this browser hijacker, that will show a large amount of ads, hindering or completely blocking the work in the browser. Often such these ads may recommend to install other unknown and unwanted applications or visit dangerous web-sites.
We suggest you to remove Search.searchfpdfc.com and free your PC system ASAP, until the presence of the hijacker has not led to even worse consequences. Perform the few simple steps below that will help you to completely remove Search.searchfpdfc.com search, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How did Search.searchfpdfc.com browser hijacker get on your personal computer
Most commonly, the Search.searchfpdfc.com infection is bundled within the installation packages from a free hosting and file sharing web sites. So, install a free software is a a good chance that you will find some bundled web-browser hijacker. If you don’t know how to avoid it, then use a simple trick. During the installation, choose the Custom or Advanced installation option. Next, click ‘Decline’ button and clear all checkboxes on offers that ask you to install an unknown program. Moreover, please carefully read Term of use and User agreement before installing any software or otherwise you can end up with another unwanted program on your computer such as this hijacker.
How to manually remove Search.searchfpdfc.com
This steps will help you remove Search.searchfpdfc.com redirect. These Search.searchfpdfc.com removal steps work for the Google Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the browser or reboot your PC. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
- Delete Search.searchfpdfc.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove Search.searchfpdfc.com startpage from Firefox
- Remove Search.searchfpdfc.com from Google Chrome
- Get rid of Search.searchfpdfc.com from IE
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Search.searchfpdfc.com
Remove Search.searchfpdfc.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to start the computer cleanup is to remove unknown and suspicious software. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded software can clean up the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, FF and Microsoft Edge from popup ads hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next press Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will show the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, press “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all applications installed on the PC.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Remove Search.searchfpdfc.com startpage from Firefox
If the Firefox settings such as home page, newtab page and search provider by default have been changed by the hijacker, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox and press button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, press the Help button () as shown on the image below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the Search.searchfpdfc.com browser hijacker. When, it is done, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Search.searchfpdfc.com from Google Chrome
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the drop-down menu. Next, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Get rid of Search.searchfpdfc.com from IE
First, run the Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your machine for the changes to take effect.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Search.searchfpdfc.com
Once the browser hijacker is started, it can also modify the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://search.searchfpdfc.com” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the internet browser, it will open an unwanted page.
To clear the browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text similar “http://search.searchfpdfc.com” that has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
How to get rid of Search.searchfpdfc.com with Malwarebytes
Manual removal Search.searchfpdfc.com requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malware, adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) and toolbars that your machine may be infected too.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop by clicking on the following link. Malwarebytes Anti-malware
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- Once the download process is finished, please close all programs and open windows on your machine. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will start the “Setup wizard” of Malwarebytes onto your PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Malwarebytes will start and show the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button for the hijacker removal scan. It will begin scanning your PC system for the infection which redirects your browser to the Search.searchfpdfc.com unwanted web page. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient.
- When the Malwarebytes has finished scanning, it will open a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been found.
- When you are ready, press the “Quarantine Selected” button to begin cleaning your PC. Once the process is finished, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Stop Search.searchfpdfc.com startpage and other unwanted web-sites
To increase your security and protect your machine against new unwanted advertisements and dangerous web sites, you need to use an program that stops access to harmful ads and web-sites. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download is done, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. Once the install is complete, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your PC system, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-ups, web-sites such Search.searchfpdfc.com, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
Remove Search.searchfpdfc.com hijacker infection and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot remove this infection, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for browser hijackers, ad-supported software, potentially unwanted programs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: October 9, 2020
When the download is finished, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once the tool is launched, you will see a screen like below.
Further, press “Scan” button to start scanning your PC for the Search.searchfpdfc.com infection and internet browser’s malicious extensions. When it has finished scanning your PC system, it will display a scan report as shown in the figure below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will show a prompt as shown in the figure below.
You need to click “OK”. When the clean up is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. When your computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your personal computer should be free of the Search.searchfpdfc.com startpage. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and unwanted malicious web pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your machine for new malware, browser hijackers and ad supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijacker, malicious software and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Search.searchfpdfc.com redirect from your browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.