Uninstall BubblePDF Hijacker (Virus Removal Guide)

BubblePDF is a browser hijacker that hijacks the settings of the browsers. It enters your system using the software bundling method and infects all the browsers. You will see it on your homepage, new tab, and default search engine. It can attack any browser but targets the popular ones like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

How to Remove BubblePDF Hijacker

BubblePDF pretends to be a useful website however, it keeps tracking your personal information. If you search something on its search engine, it records your search query and then redirects you to the Bing search engine for results. Apart from recording your search query, it also tracks your browsing history, IP address, location, and hardware information.

All these collected information is sold to third-party clients, who may use it for marketing or other illicit activities such as identity theft. It is better to remove BubblePDF from your system right now. You can use the MalwareFox antimalware to automatically scan and remove it. Also, you can manually remove using the instructions in this article.

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When your PC is infected with BubblePDF hijacker, you might see below symptoms:

  • Your browser's homepage is changed to BubblePDF
  • The default search engine for browsers is replaced to BubblePDF
  • You will see a different 'New Tab' page to display the modified search page.
  • Installs an add-on or browser extension via BubblePDF
Never download pirated software. You should also take proper caution while downloading free software. Always download from the official website. The free and pirated software comes with bundled software.
Check everything before clicking on the install button.
Always select advanced/custom installation mode and deselect everything other than the actual program. Most of these recommended programs are adware and hijackers
The removal instructions in this article are for Windows users. If you want to clean your Android device check our Android Removal Guide

How to Remove BubblePDF Hijacker (Virus Removal Guide)

To remove the BubblePDF redirect, follow below steps:

You may find this removal guide a little complex since there are several steps. However, we tried to make it as simple as we can. These complicated steps are essential to make sure you completely removed the malware from your PC.
So, you should follow the steps in the correct order. If you face any problem at any point, comment below, and we will try to help you.

STEP 1 : Uninstall BubblePDF from Windows

This first step is about removing the unwanted and malicious program from your PC, that is supporting the hijacker.

  1. Visit “Programs and Features”.

    Windows 10

    1. Click on the Start and type Control Panel in the search box and then click on “Control Panel”.
      Uninstall BubblePDF from Control Panel
    2. Now click on the “Uninstall a program” option which is under “Programs” category.
      Uninstall Suspicious Programs from Control Panel 2

    Windows 8

    Right-click on the Start menu button and then select “Programs and Features”. You will see the list of installed programs.

    Right click on Start and select Programs and Features - Windows 8.1 Help
    • If you don't find the Programs and Features in the Start menu, then click on search bar and type “programs and features”, then click the “Programs and Features”
    • If there is no Start button, it is because you are running Windows 8 not Windows 8.1. So, you need to press Windows key + X. It will open the context menu, now select “Programs and Features”.

    Windows 7

    1. Click on Start menu, now click on the “Control Panel”.
      Click on Start then Control Panel - Windows 7 Help

      If there is no “Control Panel” on the Start menu, you can search it by typing control panel on the search bar, then click the “Control Panel” result.
    2. Now click on the “ Uninstall a Program” which is under Programs category.
      Open Uninstall a Program Section
  2. Find unwanted and malicious programs and remove them.

    Now carefully observe every program and find unwanted applications that might be related to BubblePDF, then select them one by one and click the “Uninstall” button.

    The malicious program's name might not match with the hijacker. If you don't see any unwanted applications, then you can skip to the next step.

    Uninstall Unwanted Malicious Programs from Windows

  3. Uninstall the program by following the screen instructions.

    In the next screen prompt, click on Yes and then follow the instructions to uninstall the program.

    You need to read all screen instructions carefully during the uninstallation because malicious programs might trick you where you choose an option, and the program won't remove completely.

If you can't uninstall BubblePDF easily, then you can use Bulk Crap Uninstaller. It helps you in finding the crap software and eradicates them from your system.

STEP 2: Use MalwareFox to remove BubblePDF adware

MalwareFox is a light yet strong antimalware capable of detecting and removing modern security threats. It analyzes the behaviour of all programs and uses cloud-based scanning to catch the malware. Whenever a program takes action that matches with the malware description, MalwareFox blocks that program. Moreover, it is light on your system resources, which lets it finish the scan quickly.

I am not trying to make you install high-cost removal tools. The subscription for MalwareFox antimalware is reasonably low. But that is only when you want a fully-featured tool with real-time detection capability. You can use the free version also to scan the PC manually. However, you can opt for the 14 days trial where you get to try all the features and then decide to purchase the premium version. If you are already using any other antivirus, you don't need to remove that, MalwareFox works with them effectively without any conflicts.

  1. Download MalwareFox.

    Download MalwareFox Antimalware by clicking the link below.

    MALWAREFOX DOWNLOAD LINK
    (Clicking on the above link opens a new page, you can download MalwareFox from there)
  2. Launch the MalwareFox installer.

    Once you download the MalwareFox, launch the installer by double-clicking on MalwareFox.exe file. Most likely, you will find it in the Downloads folder.
    Double Click on MalwareFox.exe to Install MalwareFox

    Now you will see a User Account Control prompt that is asking to install the MalwareFox on your PC. Click on “Yes” to start the installation process.
    Windows asking for permission to install MalwareFox

  3. Install MalwareFox by following the on screen instructions.

    The first step is to choose the setup and program language, select the language then click on OK.
    MalwareFox Installation - Select Language

    Now click on Next then follow the instructions to install MalwareFox on your computer.
    MalwareFox Installation Wizard - Click Next

    Now, after the installation, MalwareFox downloads the latest signatures from the database. Wait until the download gets completed.
    MalwareFox is Installing

  4. Scan your PC.

    Now click on the “Scan” button to perform a system scan.
    Start a scan with MalwareFox

  5. Let the whole scan complete.

    MalwareFox is now scanning and detecting threats like pop-ups, browser hijackers, and other malicious programs. The whole process should not take more than a few minutes. You don't need to wait for that time, and you can do any other work during the scan. It won't slow down your PC's performance while scanning.
    MalwareFox scanning PC for malware

  6. Remove detected threats.

    MalwareFox catches and lists all the security threats on your PC. To remove them, click on the “Next” button.
    Click on the Next button to remove BubblePDF virus

    Within a moment, MalwareFox makes your PC malware-free. Now you can close it and proceed with the next step.


STEP 3: Use AdwCleaner to scan and remove adware from your PC.

AdwCleaner is a free tool to remove adware from your PC. It is created by Malwarebytes and effectively searches and removes applications that are responsible for displaying pop-ups, browser redirects, and other types of ads on your system.

AdwCleaner only looks for adware when you run the scan. It won't actively monitor your PC as it doesn't have real-time protection. For that, you should have an antimalware such as MalwareFox.

  1. Download AdwCleaner.

    You can download AdwCleaner by clicking the link.

    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK
    (Clicking on the link opens a new page, from where you can download the AdwCleaner)
  2. Install AdwCleaner.

    Once the AdwCleaner is downloaded on your PC, you need to locate the installer. It is most likely in the Downloads folder. Double-click on “adwcleaner_XXX.exe" to install it on your PC.
    Double-click on the AdwCleaner setup file - Help Guide

    Now Windows will confirm if you want to install it on your PC. Click Yes in the User Account Control prompt to install it on your machine.
    Windows asking for permissions to run the AdwCleaner

    Now AdwCleaner gets automatically installed, now accept the End User Agreement by clicking on “I Agree”.
    Accept Term and Condition to install AdwCleaner

  3. Scan your PC using AdwCleaner

    Now click on “Scan Now” button to start the scan.
    Click Scan Now to Start Scan - Help Guide

  4. Remove threats from “Quarantine”.

    Once AdwCleaner finished the scan, you will see a list of all the malicious programs that it found in your system. Click on the “Quarantine” button to move the malware into quarantine.
    Click Quarantine to remove BubblePDF hijacker

    Now AdwCleaner will warn you that it will close all the processes before quarantining the selected items. You need to save your current work before continuing. So save your work and click on the “Continue” button.
    Click Continue to close all the process

    Then AdwCleaner will move all the threats to the quarantine. After that, you need to restart your PC. Click on the “Restart now” button.
    Restart your PC to remove remaining threats

    After restarting your PC, click on the “Quarantine” tab. Then select all the threats by clicking on the “checkbox” in the header of the table, then click on the “Delete” button.
    Remove threats from Qurantine

    Now you have successfully removed all the unwanted scraps from your PC, including the adware. Move to the next step.


(OPTIONAL) STEP 5: Reset the browser to remove BubblePDF hijacker

If the BubblePDF site is still visible on your browser, then you should reset the browser to its default settings. If your problem is already solved by following the above steps, there is no need to follow this step.

Google Chrome

To remove BubblePDF hijacker from Google Chrome, you should reset the browser to its default settings. Don't worry, resetting will not affect your bookmark and saved passwords. It will help you in undoing the changes due to malware.

  1. Open Chrome’s “Settings” menu.

    Click on the Menu button. It appears as three vertical dots in the upper right side of the window. Then click the “Settings”.
    Google Chrome Settings Menu

  2. Now click on “Advanced”.

    Now Chrome’s “Settings” will appear in a new tab. Then scroll down to the end of the screen and click on the “Advanced” button.
    Click on the Advanced button - Google Chrome Help

  3. Click “Reset” button.

    Now scroll down until the “Reset and clean up” section appears. Then click on the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
    Google Chrome Reset button

  4. Confirm your action by clicking “Reset”.

    Now Chrome will confirm your action telling you what will be removed and what not. Click on the “Reset Settings” button.
    Click on Reset to restore Google Chrome to its default settings

Mozilla Firefox

In order to remove BubblePDF redirect from Mozilla Firefox completely, you should reset Firefox to its default settings. When you reset it, many changes due to malicious software or add-ons get removed. It doesn't affect your saved items like passwords, bookmarks, browsing history, open tabs, and web form auto-fill information.

  1. Open “Firefox Menu”.

    Click on the menu button, which appears as three horizontal lines located in the upper right corner. Now click on the “Help“.
    Click on the Firefox Menu button then select Help - Firefox Guide

  2. Click on “Troubleshooting Information”.

    Now click the “Troubleshooting Information“.

    If you can’t access the “Help” menu, then type about:support in the address bar and hit enter. It will open the troubleshooting page directly.

    Troubleshooting Information option in Firefox

  3. Click the “Refresh Firefox”

    Now you need to click on the “Refresh Firefox” button, which is located on the top right corner of the page.
    Refresh Firefox button

  4. Confirm your action.

    Now Firefox will confirm your action warning you what will remove and what not. Click on the “Refresh Firefox” to proceed.
    Confirm Reset Firefox

  5. Click on “Finish”.

    Firefox will restart with factory settings. Now you will see the list of imported information. Then click on the “Finish“.

In the reset process, Firefox does not delete your data. It collects all the information and put it in the “Old Firefox Data“ folder. If your problem is not fixed after the resetting, you can revert the changes by moving this folder from Desktop to the current profile folder. If your problem is fixed, then you should delete this data as it contains your personal data to prevent going in other people's hands.

Microsoft Edge Chromium

To remove BubblePDF hijacker from Microsoft Edge Chromium, you should reset it to its default settings.

  1. Open “Menu”.

    Open Microsoft Edge Chromium browser, then click on the Menu button in the top right corner of the browser, then click on “Settings“.
    Click on Menu and Choose Settings in Edge - Help Guide

  2. Go to “Reset settings” tab.

    In the “Microsoft Edge” settings page, click on the “Reset settings” tab, then click the “Restore settings to their default values”.
    Click Reset settings tab and choose Restore setting - Help Guide

  3. Click on “Reset”.

    Now Microsoft Edge will confirm your action by displaying the prompt reporting the action it will take when you click on the Reset button. Click on “Reset” to continue.
    Click on the Reset button to restore Microsoft Edge Settings - Help Guide


You have successfully removed the BubblePDF hijacker from your browser. If you are still seeing BubblePDF in your browser, then please comment down. We will try to come up with a solution as soon as possible.

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