Stop Local Classifieds Hub from hijacking your browser

Also Known As: search.localclassifiedshubtab.com redirect
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Local Classifieds Hub browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Local Classifieds Hub?

Local Classifieds Hub is a browser hijacker. Endorsed as a tool for easy and fast access to classified advertisements, it is accompanied by a fake search engine. Most users install this rogue app onto their devices inadvertently/unwillingly, therefore it is considered to be a PUA (potentially unwanted application). Local Classifieds Hub changes browser settings and promotes its fake search engine (search.localclassifiedshubtab.com), additionally it can spy on users' browsing habits - due to this activity it is categorized as a browser hijacker.

Screenshot of Local Classifieds Hub homepage

In general, browser hijackers tend to target the most popular browsers (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and others). They change browser settings, such as: homepage, new tab/window URL and default search engine. Local Classifieds Hub changes them to search.localclassifiedshubtab.com - its fake web search tool. These alterations affect browsers like this: every new tab/window opened and every search done through the URL bar - all redirect to a fake search engine or create a redirection chain, possibly ending with a legitimate search engine (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing and others). As search.localclassifiedshubtab.com is unable to provide any actual search results, it redirects to search.yahoo.com. All these alterations may seem easy to undo, however that is often not the case. Access to some settings can be limited or denied, and any changes made simply reset. Without removing the browser hijacker, recovery of the afflicted browser is not possible. It should be mentioned, that Local Classifieds Hub is commonly spread along with the Hide My Searches app, also a PUA. The data tracking abilities of Local Classifieds Hub are considered to be a user safety risk; due to browsing activity (search engine and browsing histories) containing personal information (IP address, geolocation and real-life identity details). This gathered data is passed onto third parties (possibly, cyber criminals), intent on using it for financial gain. Therefore data tracking can lead to severe privacy issues, even culminate in identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all rogue applications must be removed immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Local Classifieds Hub
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), 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) Local Classifieds Hub, Classifieds
Supposed Functionality Fast access to classified ads.
Promoted URL search.localclassifiedshubtab.com
Serving IP Address (search.localclassifiedshubtab.com) 52.204.175.169
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 Local Classifieds Hub 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.
Removal

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There are thousands of PUAs out there, many share similar traits, some are analogous. Browser hijackers identical to Local Classifieds Hub are Inbox ManagerYour Template FinderOnline Manuals App and Your Email Simplified. Unwanted applications are always designed to look legitimate and useful (and they frequently succeed in this task). They offer a wide variety of "useful" features, however they are rarely functional. PUAs are designed with but one goal in mind - the creation of profit; to users they are of no genuine value. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, these applications hijack browsers, generate redirects to untrustworthy/malicious sites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns and gather vulnerable data.

How did Local Classifieds Hub install on my computer?

PUAs can be installed by users themselves or without their knowledge. The aforementioned can be done through "official" websites, which some rogue apps have (Local Classifieds Hub does). Also they can be inadvertently installed together with desired software. "Bundling" is a false marketing method, used by PUA designers, by which they pack ordinary programs with their malignant product. By having a hasty and reckless approach towards installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options and etc.) - users can easily install unwanted content onto their devices. However PUAs can infiltrate systems without user knowledge, through intrusive adverts. Once clicked, said advertisements can execute scripts, designed to make autonomous downloads/installs of unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to always research desired applications, browser extensions/plug-ins, tools, features and etc. before installing them onto devices, in order to verify their legitimacy. Only official and trustworthy download sources are recommended, as opposed to peer-to-peer sharing networks (e.g. BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders. Untrustworthy sources are more likely to offer bundled content. Installation advices include: reading terms and exploring possible options, using "Custom/Advanced" settings and opting-out/declining additional apps/features. Prudent browsing is encouraged; i.e. avoiding suspicious websites, advertisements and other. Intrusive adverts usually appear ordinary and harmless, however the sites they redirect to, tend to be the opposite (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and similar). Should users encounter such ads/redirects, they are strongly advised to inspect their systems and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Local Classifieds Hub, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Local Classifieds Hub browser hijacker installer set-up:

Set-up of Local Classifieds Hub installer

Local Classifieds Hub download page asks for various permissions:

Local Classifieds Hub asking for permissions

Website promoting Local Classifieds Hub browser hijacker:

Screenshot of website promoting Local Classifieds Hub

IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications:

Local Classifieds Hub asking to allow 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)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • 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

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Local Classifieds Hub 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.

localclassifiedshub-programs

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.localclassifiedshubtab.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Local Classifieds Hub browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.localclassifiedshubtab.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 search.localclassifiedshubtab.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://search.localclassifiedshubtab.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 search.localclassifiedshubtab.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 "Local Classifieds Hub".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.localclassifiedshubtab.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.

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 search.localclassifiedshubtab.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 "Local Classifieds Hub" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.localclassifiedshubtab.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 "Local Classifieds Hub" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.localclassifiedshubtab.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:

Removing search.localclassifiedshubtab.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 "hxxp://search.localclassifiedshubtab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.com, 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 search.localclassifiedshubtab.com redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.localclassifiedshubtab.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 "Local Classifieds Hub" (or simply "Classifieds"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").

Change your homepage:

Removing search.localclassifiedshubtab.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 disable "Local Classifieds Hub" (or simply "Classifieds") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.localclassifiedshubtab.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.localclassifiedshubtab.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 search.localclassifiedshubtab.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, 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings 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.

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