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"Windows cannot find PDF Creator.exe"

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#1 NoahD


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Posted 20 November 2014 - 07:04 PM

I'm not sure what happened, but I ran an Online scan at Eset and it removed (deleted) a couple of files in the Temp folder that referenced a toolbar. Now, when I boot the computer I get this error: "Windows cannot find PDF Creator.exe Make sure you typed  correctly and try again."


** I also (just recall) uninstalling the pdfforge toolbar in change/uninstall earlier today after I received the error the first time.


I use AVG and Malware Bytes and Google Chrome Browser (default).


My sytem is:


Windows 8.1 (64 bit) 

AMD A10-6700 APU with Radeon HD 370 GHz

RAM: 8 GHz


Thanks for any help.

Edited by NoahD, 20 November 2014 - 07:26 PM.

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 07:56 PM

I installed and uninstalled the program again and the error appears to be gone. 


However, if someone would like to advise / double check / help me be sure, that would be awesome, too.

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 10:41 PM

ESET Online scanner aggressively searches for and removes Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) .

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* PDFCreator - Yahoo Toolbar. Thanks to member sharp. Updated: Also offers PDFforger Toolbar and Widgi Toolbar (mybrowser bar).

Since PDFCreator bundles third-party software...the detection is not an infection in the typical sense...but is more accurately classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) (Adware) which does not fall in the same category as malicious files such as viruses, Trojans, worms, rootkits and bots. A PUP is a very broad threat category which can encompass any number of different programs to include those which are benign as well as problematic. If you recognize a security scanner's detection of legitimate software as a PUP and it is not causing any issues, you can ignore it or add to it's exclusion list.

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