Live Radio Now browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Live Radio Now?
Live Radio Now supposed to provide quick links to popular online radio stations. Unfortunately, this app is a browser hijacker that changes browser settings to promote a questionable (fake) search engine, search.hliveradionow.com and collects various user-system data. Live Radio Now is also known as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), it is because most people do not download or install apps of this type intentionally, more often they are tricked into it. Additionally, developers distribute Live Radio Now together with another PUA called Hide My Searches. In other words, developers try to trick users into installing two unwanted apps at once.
Most apps of this type can be installed on web browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Sometimes they get installed on the operating system too. After installation Live Radio Now sets default search engine, homepage and new tab URL to search.hliveradionow.com, these settings cannot be undone or modified because like most browser hijackers, Live Radio Now is designed to prevent users from doing that. Typically, the only way to restore previous settings (or change search.hliveradionow.com to other address) is to uninstall the Live Radio Now application. Otherwise users who have this app installed will be forced to visit search.hliveradionow.com when they open a browser, new tab or search the web by entering search queries into URL bar. As we mentioned in the introduction, search.hliveradionow.com is a fake search engine. It is fake because it provides search results that are generated by search.yahoo.com (Yahoo). In other words, this search engine does not generate any unique, individual search results. Another problem with browser hijackers (and fake search engines) is that most of them record user-system information such as IP addresses, URLs of opened pages, entered search queries, geolocations and so on. Unfortunately, sometimes they are designed to record personal data too. People who create apps of this type send collected information to other people who may be cyber criminals. One way or another, whoever receives it, usually misuses it to generate revenue.
|Name||Live Radio Now|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names (*-24134194.exe)||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), Emsisoft (Application.Toolbar (A)), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Live Radio Now, Radio|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to provide access to online radio stations.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hliveradionow.com)||220.127.116.11|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated 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.|
|Additional Information||Live Radio Now is distributed alongside with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.|
To eliminate search.hliveradionow.com redirect our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Apps like Live Radio Now are advertised as tools that supposed to provide useful features (like access to popular online radio stations). Unfortunately, only a small part of these apps actually operate as they supposed to. More often browser hijackers are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue. People who use such PUAs and fake search engines risk to experience problems related to privacy, browsing safety or even have their identities stolen. A few examples of other apps that are categorized as browser hijackers too: Maps Utility, Quick Local Weather and Mega Music Search.
How did Live Radio Now install on my computer?
Sometimes PUAs can be downloaded from websites that are used to promote, distribute them. However, most people download and install them through intrusive ads or together with other, usually free programs. To be more precise, when PUAs are added to download, installation setups of other software. Marketing method that is used to distribute PUAs through various setups is called "bundling". It is used with a purpose to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs together with other, desired software. As a rule, information about additional downloads or installations is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. People who download or/and install programs without checking them install not only desired programs, but often unintentionally grant permissions for PUAs to be downloaded and installed too. Intrusive ads cause unwanted downloads or installations when they are designed to run certain scripts designed to start download or installation processes.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
We recommend to download software from official and trustworthy websites and not to use third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks, questionable pages and other similar tools or/and sources. Download or installation setups that contain "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings should be handled properly. The aforementioned settings often contain information about additional downloads or installations. Any offers to download or install unwanted apps should be dismissed before completing download or installation processes. Furthermore, it is known that many intrusive ads, once clicked, redirect users to shady pages. It is not recommended to trust advertisements that are displayed on pages related to gambling, adult dating, pornography and other sites of this kind. If there are any unwanted or unknown extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on a browser, they should be removed. Apps of this type might be the culprit of redirects to shady pages or displayed unwanted ads. Additionally, we recommend to uninstall all unwanted programs that are installed on the operating system as well. If your computer is already infected with Live Radio Now, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Live Radio Now browser hijacker:
Live Radio Now browser hijacker installer set-up:
Live Radio Now download page asks for various permissions:
Live Radio Now download page asks for permission to show notifications:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic removal of search.hliveradionow.com redirect:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of search.hliveradionow.com redirect. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Live Radio Now?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Live Radio Now application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hliveradionow.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Live Radio Now browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hliveradionow.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hliveradionow.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Live Radio Now browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Live Radio Now"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.hliveradionow.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Live Radio Now browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.hliveradionow.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:
Click the "gear" 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 "Live Radio Now".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hliveradionow.com redirect, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Live Radio Now" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Live Radio Now" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.hliveradionow.com or hxxps://hidemysearches.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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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 "hxxp://search.hliveradionow.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.com, when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hliveradionow.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Live Radio Now" (or simply "Radio"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Live Radio Now" (or simply "Radio") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.hliveradionow.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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.
Computer users who have problems with search.hliveradionow.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Change your homepage:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.
Change your default search engine:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.hliveradionow.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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