From Doc to PDF Toolbar

From Doc to PDF – a browser hijacker which has been affecting Google Chrome browsers via bundling


From Doc to PDF is a potentially unwanted program created by Mindspark Interactive Network Inc. Its main purpose is to redirect users to the required pages and increase their visitor rate. Hundreds of computer users have reported about detecting From Doc to PDF virus and the associated file doctopdf.dmg on their computers out of nowhere. The infiltration is performed with the help of bundling. At the moment, the biggest number of detections is reported in the United States, Germany,[1] and India.

Name From Doc to PDF
Type Browser hijacker/Potentially unwanted program/Redirect virus
Developer Mindspark
Redirects to and other potentially unwanted pages
Other unwanted activities Changes in system settings, slowdowns, annoying pop-up ads
Main dangers Redirects to potentially malicious websites
Elimination Uninstall the virus with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner

Although some people tend to call this program DoctoPDF virus, we want you to inform you that it is rather a potentially unwanted program than a virus. However, after being added to each of web browsers, From Doc to PDF drops its own homepage, the start page, and a new tab page. As a result, the user can’t reach his/her favorite website and revert these changes to the previous state without resetting the affected web browser.

The main problem related to the name of this browser hijacking program is that it spreads using bundling and users install this browser add-on unintentionally.[2] Later on, they start thinking that somebody hacked or infected their computer behind their back. While FromDoctoPDF Toolbar is not a serious virus, it seems that users do not enjoy using it.

In the Google Chrome store, the add-on has 2,5 stars out of 5, and that definitely says something.[3] We have also noticed that some users complain that “it will not let” them to uninstall it, and that it has been installed without their knowledge. The majority of reviewers seek to find a way to get rid of FromDoctoPDF. If you are one of them, scroll down the page, and you will see the step-by-step guide presented to you by our experts.

To speed up the whole procedure, you can use the automatic From Doc to PDF removal option. In this case, we recommend you to perform this task with the help of security software, for instance Reimage Reimage Cleaner . Make sure you update it before a scan and wait until it finishes its job for you.

From Doc to PDF
From Doc to PDF – a PUP reported being hard to remove software that might arrive on the PC in a software bundle.

FromDoctoPDF is promoted as an easy way to convert various files. Thus, users who need to convert documents quickly might find this toolbar useful. The program is compatible with Windows 10, as well as older OS versions, such as Windows 7, 8, Vista and XP. However, we have received reports that Mac OS X users encountered this program too.

The description of this program claims that it can convert these files to .doc format:

  • PDF,
  • DOC,
  • TXT,
  • RTF,
  • XLS,
  • PPT,
  • BMP,
  • JPG,
  • TIFF,
  • etc.

However, after installing this app on the system, it seems that users noticed that this toolbar was used to initiate various changes on their devices without their approval. Indeed, it might set myway instead of your start page and the default search provider without your approval. In this case, you should know that using this search engine can be quite dangerous as it fills its search results with sponsored ads.

To return to your previously-used browsing routine, you must remove From Doc to PDF browser hijacker. We want to remind that this program is not a virus, but, undoubtedly, this add-on is one of those that have to be treated with carefulness. It might be tricky if you have unintentionally installed with a software bundle. In this case, use a guide provided at the end of this post to delete this toolbar together with its additional components.

The analysis of the program’s Privacy Policy

After analyzing the Privacy Policy document, which is provided on this program’s site, we have discovered that its developer announces that third-party services, feeds, and/or content may be integrated into or bundled with this program. On top of that, it warns that:

“by using the product you may be exposed to Content that may be offensive, indecent or objectionable in your community.

Now let us explain where you might encounter such content. As we have mentioned before, From Doc to PDF add-on changes browser settings and sets a different site as the homepage. On this website, you can find a web search engine. By settings, this page as a default one, the developer probably expected to convince the user to use the indicated search engine.

However, it does not surprise us why so many computer users refuse to do it and want to uninstall FromDoctoPDF Toolbar as soon as possible. It seems that this search engine just produces way too many sponsored search results, and for users who wish to access required information quickly, such paid results[4] can be exasperating.

Clicking on these sponsored results can make you experience FromDoctoPDF Toolbar redirect issue, so we highly recommend you not to ignore them and, if you wish, remove the aforementioned toolbar.

Distribution strategies of the addon

You can download this application from the Google Chrome store, but in some cases, other free programs might offer it for you. That is why we always remind our readers that it is essential to adjust installation settings before installing a new program on the system. Otherwise, other applications might be installed as well.

This software distribution method is called bundling; as you have already guessed, it helps to distribute several programs in one software pack. To decompose such pack, the user needs to select Advanced or Custom settings for the setup and then deselect checkboxes next to statements that claim the user agrees to install optional programs.

Do not choose Default or Standard installation options, because in such way optional programs will be installed without even asking for your permission.

Uninstall From Doc to PDF without wasting your time

Windows OS users are not the only ones that can encounter this annoying application. If the PUP has already shown up on your Google Chrome, Safari, and another web browser, you need to start thinking about its removal.

For that, we recommend using a specific From Doc to PDF removal program, Reimage Reimage Cleaner , that will scan your PC for free and will find all suspicious components on your PC system. If you are not willing to use security software, you can uninstall this program from the Control Panel and reset your web browsers.

Tips on how to remove From Doc to PDF from Safari

Safari is an inbuilt browser in Mac OS X. However, you should not believe in the myth that Apple products are immune to potentially unwanted programs or viruses.[5] Therefore if your Safari browser has been hijacked by From Doc to PDF, you should take care of it as well.

If you have to remove FromDoctoPdf mac version, you also have two choices. The first one suggests scanning the system with updated security software and letting it complete this task for you. The second method offers to uninstall this browser extension yourself.

Below you can find instructions on how to make sure that undesired apps are wiped out entirely from Mac. Additionally, we have provided guidelines on how to uninstall browser extensions from Safari. Keep in mind that if you do not remember installing them, they should not be kept. Remove all suspicious entries and do not forget to reset the browser.

Safari reset is necessary in order to get rid of publisher’s or third-party cookies or other tracking technologies. This task is necessary to stop unknown businesses from spying on you.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Reimage Reimage Cleaner has a free limited scanner. Reimage Reimage Cleaner offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

This entry was posted on 2019-12-02 at 04:08 and is filed under System tools, Viruses.