What is Listen To Radios?
Listen To Radios is a rogue application that allows quick access to popular online radio websites. It is supposedly capable of providing radio streaming content (e.g., iHeartRadio, YouTube, etc.). Judging on appearance alone, Listen To Radios may seem legitimate and useful, however, it classified as a browser hijacker and a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
This app operates by changing browser settings and promoting a fake search engine (search.listentoradiostab.com). Since many users are tricked into installing this application unintentionally, it is classed as a PUA. Note that Listen To Radios also has data tracking abilities.
Typically, browser hijackers target Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and other popular browsers. These rogue apps reassign the homepages, default search engine, and new tab/window URL to the addresses of their fake search engines. Listen To Radios promotes search.listentoradiostab.com in this manner.
To elaborate on how these changes affect browsers: each new tab/window opened and each search query typed into the URL bar redirects to search.listentoradiostab.com. Most fake search engines are unable to generate search results, and therefore redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) a legitimate search engine.
For example, search.listentoradiostab.com redirects to search.yahoo.com. While these modifications may seem relatively easy to undo, any user changes made are reset. Furthermore, access to certain settings might even be denied. Unless the browser hijacker is removed, recovering the affected browser is impossible.
Listen To Radios is often distributed with another PUA called Hide My Searches. Browser hijackers usually have data tracking abilities, and Listen To Radios is no exception. By monitoring browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.), these apps can gather users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations, and personal details).
This private data is then sold to third parties and can end up being used for criminal purposes.
Therefore, as well as causing various browser and system infections, PUAs can also lead to severe privacy issues (even identity theft). To protect device integrity and user safety, all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins must be uninstalled immediately upon detection.
|Name||Listen To Radios.|
|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)||Radio, Listen To Radios|
|Supposed Functionality||Access to radio stations via the Internet.|
|Serving IP Address (search.listentoradiostab.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||Listen To Radios 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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There are thousands of PUAs released, most of which share common traits. Radio Now App, Live Radio Now, and Your Streaming TV Now are just some examples of applications identical to Listen To Radios browser. The purpose of all unwanted software/content is to generate revenue for the developers, whist regular users receive no real value.
Rather than delivering any useful features, these apps cause redirects to untrustworthy websites, deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns, and track sensitive data.
How did Listen To Radios install on my computer?
Listen To Radios has an "official" download website (these deceptive sites are quite common). PUAs can also be installed onto devices through download/installation set-ups of other software. This marketing method of pre-packing normal programs with malicious content is called "bundling".
Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.) endangers systems with potential infiltration and infections. Intrusive advertisements are also known to proliferate unwanted applications. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to automatically download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Verify the legitimacy of files and programs before downloading/installing. Use only trustworthy and official download channels (ideally, via direct download links). Using Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders, and similar sources is not advised.
Download and installation processes should be treated with caution. This includes reading the terms, exploring all possible options, using "Custom/Advanced" settings, and declining offers to download/install various additions (e.g. apps, tools, features, etc.).
Intrusive advertisements often seem normal and innocuous, however, they often redirect to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and similar).
If you encounter suspicious ads/redirects, check the system and remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Listen To Radios, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Listen To Radios browser hijacker installer set-up:
Listen To Radios browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting Listen To Radios browser hijacker:
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- What is Listen To Radios?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Listen To Radios application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.listentoradiostab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Listen To Radios browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.listentoradiostab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.listentoradiostab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Listen To Radios 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, "Listen To Radios"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.listentoradiostab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Listen To Radios 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.listentoradiostab.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 "Listen To Radios".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.listentoradiostab.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 "Listen To Radios" 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 "Listen To Radios" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.listentoradiostab.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.listentoradiostab.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.listentoradiostab.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 "Listen To Radios" (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 "Listen To Radios" (or simply "Radio") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.listentoradiostab.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.listentoradiostab.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.listentoradiostab.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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