ViewMyPDF is an ad-supported e.g. adware browser extension. ViewMyPDF is promoted by malicious adware applications as a browser enhancement to ViewMyPDF Quickly, Easily and Free. ViewMyPDF displays intrusive worthless advertisements as “ad by ViewMyPDF” and “promotions by ViewMyPDF”.
ViewMyPDF collects various information relating to the user’s internet browsing activity. For these specific deceptive reasons, ViewMyPDF is categorized as an adware application, identical to CoolioFunGames adware, BrainyZanyGames adware, and BigGamez adware.
After the ViewMyPDF adware has infected the PC, the ViewMyPDF adware gather’s information about the users browsing habits through the web browser most likely using a browser extension. The ViewMyPDF has the “Read and change all the data on the website you visit”, this is not the permission in the web browser you would want to allow to an ad-supported e.g. adware extension such as ViewMyPDF.
The browsing information the ViewMyPDF adware gathers are used for advertising. Advertisements displayed by ViewMyPDF are not random, the ads are based on the user’s internet activity, the content of the web page and the user based interests.
ViewMyPDF ads are to be distinguished by pop-up ads and redirects to random unknown web pages.
Distribution: Download managers, pop-ups, malware
Also known as: ViewMyPDF malware, ViewMyPDF adware
Malware type: Adware
The most common cause of the ViewMyPDF adware infection is poor knowledge. User’s careless behavior and poor knowledge of adware can result in the ViewMyPDF installation. Malicious web pages that redirect the web browser to suspicious popup ads are most likely build to deceive the user into installing adware software applications. Analyze every installation process and opt out any additional third party offers. ViewMyPDF is suggested as a third party offer during installation of deceptive software installations.
In the image, you see a pop-up from ViewMyPDF.com that wants you to install the ViewMyPDF extension. The scammers hide the review and description of the ViewMyPDF extension on the Google Chrome Store. This will hide that the ViewMyPDF extension shows ads and modifies web browser configurations.
ViewMyPDF does not provide any real benefit for the user. ViewMyPDF is known to collect all sorts of information from the web browser but pretends to offer a variety of browsing enhancements. In reality, ViewMyPDF is all about advertising for revenue.
ViewMyPDF software developers often claim to have no control over the users’ advertisements. In our experience, these adware type applications are only built to generate revenue for the developers, rather than providing any useful functionality in the web browser or PC.
How to remove ViewMyPDF
Use this menu to uninstall and remove ViewMyPDF.
Remove ViewMyPDF, complete the steps below
Windows 7 users: Click the Start button in the left bottom corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs, and Features”.
Windows 8 and Windows 10 users: Right-click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs and Features”.
Find recently installed adware and click “Uninstall“.
Click the column “Installed On” to sort installed software by date, this makes it easier to detect recently installed software.
If you don’t know what to look for or can’t find the ViewMyPDF malware, go to this removal step.
Manually remove ViewMyPDF from Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge
Remove ViewMyPDF ads without tools from the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Edge web browser.
In this first step for Internet Explorer, you have to verify if internet explorer is infected with a malicious add-on. Add-ons could be responsible for the ViewMyPDF tab in the Internet Explorer web browser.
choose the wrench button, and from the menu click Manage add-ons.
Check the add-on list for any suspicious add-on in Internet Explorer, click disable or remove to delete the add-on.
Continue to the next step to remove ViewMyPDF from Internet Explorer.
Reset your default Homepage and Search engine for Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer has the possibility to reset to default, an Internet Explorer reset will affect your saved bookmarks and passwords. Internet Explorer reset is the easiest way to get rid of the ViewMyPDF tab.
pick the wrench button and from the menu click Internet Options.
Choose the Advanced tab, click the Reset button.
Check Delete personal settings and click the Reset button.
Restart Internet Explorer to complete the reset.
Good, Internet Explorer is reset to the default configuration, it is important to know there are adware (ViewMyPDF) remnants on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove the virus files from your computer. Make sure the ViewMyPDF new tab doesn’t occur again and all remnants are removed from your PC.
In this first step for Google Chrome, you need to identify and remove the browser extension responsible for the ViewMyPDF promotions. Some browser extensions are ad-supported, e.g. adware and might show intrusive ads such as ViewMyPDF.
If you didn’t install any browser extension at all, remove all browser extensions from Chrome.
Click the menu button, from the Chrome menu click More tools and then Extensions.
Select the ViewMyPDF extension labeled as “Ad Promotions by ViewMyPDF” from the chrome extensions and click the Remove button to remove the extension.
If you are unsure if the extension is malicious, click the slider and disable the extension first. Continue to the next step.
Reset the Google Chrome profile sync
Google Chrome synchronizes the browsers user-profile with the Google Cloud services. If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware, usually browser extensions, and pop-up ads to ViewMyPDF are synced with Google’s servers.
It is important to clean this synchronized cache. If the user doesn’t clear the synchronized settings, the ViewMyPDF adware and Chrome settings keep coming back on any devices the Chrome user profile is synchronized with.
Open the Google Dashboard (opens in a new browser window). Click the Reset sync button to clear all of your synced data on Google’s server, confirm with OK.
Continue to the next step.
Reset the Google Chrome homepage and search engine settings
Chrome has the option to reset to default settings, a Chrome browser reset will not affect your saved bookmarks and passwords. Google Chrome reset is the easiest way to get rid of the ViewMyPDF new tab.
Click the menu button, from the drop-down menu click Settings.
Scroll down to Advanced and again scroll down to Reset settings.
Click the Reset button to reset Google Chrome.
Confirm the reset of the Chrome web browser by clicking the Reset button.
Restart Google Chrome for the changes to take effect.
Google Chrome is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of ViewMyPDF redirect on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the adware does not reinstall and the ViewMyPDF new tab doesn’t occur again.
In this first step for Firefox, you need to identify and remove any Firefox add-on that is unknown to you.
If you didn’t install any add-on at all, remove all add-ons from Firefox. Add-ons in Firefox could be ad-supported which basically means an add-on shows ads from ViewMyPDF in Firefox.
Click the Firefox menu button, from the drop-down menu click Add-ons.
Click extensions from the left menu. Find the ViewMyPDF Firefox add-on.
Click the Remove button to delete the extension and get rid of ViewMyPDF new tab on Firefox.
Reset the Firefox homepage and search engine settings
Firefox has the option to reset to default settings, this will reset Firefox completely. Reset Firefox is the easiest way to get rid of ad-supported add-ons from Firefox.
Click the menu button, from the menu, select Help ? (the question mark icon, at the end of the menu).
Click on Troubleshooting information from the Help menu.
select the Refresh Firefox button, confirm the reset and restart Firefox.
The Firefox browser is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall and the ViewMyPDF homepage is entirely removed from the Firefox web browser.
If you encounter ViewMyPDF adware on Microsoft Edge, follow these instructions.
Right-click the start button in Windows 10, from the start menu top click Apps and Features.
Scroll down through the right Apps and Features list till you see Microsoft Edge, click Advanced options.
Click on the Reset button to reset Microsoft Edge to default settings. Microsoft Edge reset will clear the browsing history, cookies, and settings. Not the Microsoft Edge favorites web pages.
The Microsoft Edge web-browser is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of the ViewMyPDF redirect on your PC. I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer.
Remove ViewMyPDF (pup.optional.advertisingext.generic) adware with Malwarebytes
Get rid of ViewMyPDF with Malwarebytes, Malwarebytes detects the ViewMyPDF extension as pup.optional.advertisingext.generic). Malwarebytes is free to use, detect and remove the ViewMyPDF new tab (homepage) from the web browser. ViewMyPDF is a intrusive hijacker which is a type of malware, Malwarebytes will remove ViewMyPDF from the web browser.
Run the Malwarebytes program installation file. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.
Click Scan Now to start examining for the adware responsible for the ViewMyPDF new tab in the web browser.
Malwarebytes will start searching for malware, please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the malware scan.
Malwarebytes usually takes between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.
Once the malware scan is performed, Malwarebytes will present the results of the ViewMyPDF malware scan.
Remove the malware found by Malwarebytes using the Quarantine Selected button.
Wait for Malwarebytes to move all malware to quarantine.
Malwarebytes needs to make a system reboot to finish the ViewMyPDF redirect removal process.
Save and close any working documents or open web pages and click Yes to reboot your PC.
After the system reboot, your web browser is free from the ViewMyPDF pop-up redirect. Stay protected with Malwarebytes against future browser hijacker and other types of malware. Malwarebytes stops adware, abusive pop-ups, potentially unwanted programs, malicious web pages, suspicious downloads, viruses, spyware and ransomware from infecting your web browser.
Get rid of ViewMyPDF with Zemana
Zemana Anti-Malware is an second opinion anti-malware scanner which uses Cloud technology with ViewMyPDF pop-up detection. Removes annoying browser extensions, ad-supported add-on’s, unwanted applications and new tab/toolbars. It’s an efficient adware cleaner.
Open the Zemana anti-malware setup file.
Install Zemana anti-malware using the default settings, after successful installation Zemana anti-malware will update itself to the latest version.
Select the Scan button to perform a malware scan to detect the malware responsible for the ViewMyPDF tab.
Please wait for the scan to finish, the scan usually takes a few minutes.
Click the Next button to remove the malware found by Zemana on your computer.
Wait a couple of seconds for Zemana to clean up your device from malware.
Your PC is successfully cleaned by Zemana. Zemana is an excellent protection for people searching for a lightweight malware detection and removal tool. Zemana is its best in addition to a more comprehensive antivirus or anti-malware security application such as Malwarebytes.
Get rid of ViewMyPDF with adwcleaner
- Right-click the AdwCleaner executable you just downloaded and select “Run as Administrator” this is important.
- Select the Scan Now button.
- Wait for the adware & malware scan to finish.
- Click the Clean & Repair button to remove the adware and malware from your PC.
- Wait for AdwCleaner to remove the adware and malware from your PC.
- Click the Clean & Restart Now button to finish the malware removal process.
- After the reboot, AdwCleaner shows a summary of the detected and removed malware files.
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