What is Live Radio Now?
Live Radio Now supposedly provides quick links to popular online radio stations. Unfortunately, this app is a browser hijacker that changes browser settings to promote a dubious (fake) search engine (search.hliveradionow.com) and collects various user-system data.
Live Radio Now is also known as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since most people download or install it unintentionally (they are tricked). Additionally, developers distribute Live Radio Now with another PUA called Hide My Searches. I.e., developers attempt to trick users into installing two PUAs at once.
Most apps of this type can infiltrate Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. They are also sometimes installed on the operating system. After installation, Live Radio Now sets the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL to search.hliveradionow.com.
These settings cannot be undone or modified - as most browser hijackers, Live Radio Now prevents any changes. Typically, the only way to restore previous settings (or change search.hliveradionow.com to another address) is to uninstall the Live Radio Now application.
Otherwise, users who have this app installed on their systems are forced to visit search.hliveradionow.com when they open a browser, new tab, or search by entering queries into the URL bar. As mentioned, search.hliveradionow.com is a fake search engine, since it provides results generated by search.yahoo.com (Yahoo).
Therefore, this search engine generates no unique results. Browser hijackers and fake search engines also record user-system information such as IP addresses, URLs of opened pages, entered search queries, geolocations, and so on. They might also record personal data.
People who create these apps send the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse 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 supposedly provides access to online radio stations.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hliveradionow.com)||22.214.171.124|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Additional Information||Live Radio Now is distributed with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Apps such as Live Radio Now are advertised as tools that supposedly provide 'useful features' (access to popular online radio stations). Unfortunately, few of these apps operate as promised. Browser hijackers are designed only to help developers to generate revenue.
People who use PUAs and fake search engines could experience problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, or they might even have their identities stolen. Some examples of other apps categorized as browser hijackers include Maps Utility, Quick Local Weather, and Mega Music Search.
How did Live Radio Now install on my computer?
PUAs can sometimes be downloaded from websites that are used to promote and distribute them, however, most people download and install them inadvertently through intrusive ads or together with other (usually free) programs. PUAs are often added to the download/installation set-ups of other software.
The marketing method used to distribute PUAs through set-ups is called "bundling". It is used to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs with other, regular software. Generally, information about these additional downloads/installations is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings.
People who download or install programs without checking the settings, often install their regular programs, but also grant permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed by default. Intrusive ads cause unwanted downloads/installations when they run certain scripts designed to start download or installation processes.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download software from official and trustworthy websites, and do not use third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks, dubious web pages, or other such tools/sources. Download or installation set-ups that contain "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings should be handled properly.
The settings often contain information about additional downloads and installations. Dismiss any offers to download/install unwanted apps before completing the procedure. Once clicked, many intrusive ads redirect users to dubious web pages. Do not trust advertisements that are displayed on sites relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and others.
Check for unwanted or unknown extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on the browser and remove them. These apps might be the cause of redirects to dubious web pages or unwanted ads. Additionally, remove all unwanted programs that are installed on the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with Live Radio Now, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus 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
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- 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 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 that 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", and 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 plug-ins 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hliveradionow.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- 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.
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