Home.centralhubradio.com Redirect

Also Known As: Central Hub Radio browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Home.centralhubradio.com redirect removal instructions

What is home.centralhubradio.com?

home.centralhubradio.com is a fake search engine that claims to provide an enhanced browsing experience by generating improved results. It is very similar to many other fake search engines such as BabyNameReady, SmartEasyMaps, and HoroscopeBuddy. Judging on appearance alone, this site may appear to be a legitimate and useful search engine, however, it is categorized as a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program (PUP). Developers promote this search engine using a browser hijacker called Central Hub Radio.

home.centralhubradio.com browser hijacker

home.centralhubradio.com modifies browser settings without users' permission and collects information relating to browsing activity. It targets the most popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. Once the browser redirect program is installed, the homepage, search engine and new tab page settings are replaced with the home.centralhubradio.com URL. When a search query is made, users are redirected to Google (a legitimate search engine). This use of another legitimate search engine is pointless. Furthermore, home.centralhubradio.com promotes software called Central Hub Radio - clicking the "Radio" button redirects to listen.searchtuner.com Do not click this link or others on home.centralhubradio.com, since you will be redirected to a website containing harmful software. In this way, you could be tricked into installing software that will diminish your browsing experience and affect your system. This does not apply to graphical icons with links to sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Gmail, and other popular websites. Note that the home.centralhubradio.com fake search engine records information relating to browsing activity. The data (visited websites, IP address, search queries, etc.) is shared with third parties who then generate revenue by misusing the information. This site is more damaging than useful, and information tracking can lead to further serious problems such as privacy issues or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
NameCentral Hub Radio browser hijacker
Threat TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
SymptomsManipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
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There are many fake search engines such as home.centralhubradio.com, all of which claim to provide an enhanced browsing experience by generating improved results or delivering other "useful features", however, in most cases, the main purpose of these fake search engines is to generate revenue for their developers. These search engines cause unwanted/misleading redirects and collect information about your online behaviour while using a particular search engine. In some cases, you might even receive false results that can lead you to untrustworthy or malicious websites. Generally, this site provides more problems than useful features.

How did home.centralhubradio.com install on my computer?

In this case, it is possible that the Central Hub Radio browser hijacker was installed through the centralhubradio.com website. In other cases, browser hijackers infiltrate systems through intrusive advertisements or the 'bundling' method (software such as a browser hijacker is installed with other software that you downloaded from the Internet). These bundled apps are usually hidden in download or installation processes, and in "Custom"/"Advanced" (or similar) settings. It is also possible that home.centralhubradio.com has infiltrated your system through intrusive ads. These redirect you to malicious websites and execute scripts that download and install software in a stealthy manner. Many users jump through software installation steps without checking the settings or click ads without thinking. Often, this behaviour leads to installation of potentially unwanted programs such as home.centralhubradio.com or even more serious problems such as computer infections and privacy breaches.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Online behavior greatly influences how PUPs are installed. To avoid installation of potentially unwanted software, pay attention when installing or downloading software, especially if it is free. Check all available installation options and settings without rushing steps. Opt-out of unwanted options, especially they include extra features or programs that you do not wish to install. Avoid unofficial software download sources and third party software downloaders/installers. Do not click suspicious pop-up ads and avoid visiting untrustworthy websites. Keep your antivirus real-time protection enabled. If your computer is already infected with Central Hub Radio, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Central Hub Radio browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Central Hub Radio browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Central Hub Radio browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

home.centralhubradio.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Central Hub Radio"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the home.centralhubradio.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Central Hub Radio browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing home.centralhubradio.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing home.centralhubradio.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://home.centralhubradio.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing home.centralhubradio.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "centralhubradio".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the central hub radio browser hijacker, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing home.centralhubradio.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Central Hub Radio New Tab" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing home.centralhubradio.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Central Hub Radio New Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.home.centralhubradio.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing home.centralhubradio.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "home.centralhubradio.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the central hub radio browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing home.centralhubradio.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Central Hub Radio", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing home.centralhubradio.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove home.centralhubradio.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing home.centralhubradio.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with central hub radio browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the central hub radio browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove central hub radio browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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