WebRadioSearch browser hijacker removal instructions
What is WebRadioSearch?
WebRadioSearch is a piece of rogue software categorized as a browser hijacker. It operates by making changes to browser settings - to promote the webradiosearch.com fake search engine. Furthermore, most browser hijackers can spy on users' browsing habits. Hence, it is highly likely that WebRadioSearch has such data tracking abilities as well. Due to the questionable techniques used to distribute browser hijackers, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Browser hijackers primarily target browsers with large user bases. This software assigns fake web searcher addressees as browsers' default search engine, homepage, new browser tab/window URLs. Therefore, new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries typed into the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address. WebRadioSearch also promotes webradiosearch.com in this manner. Illegitimate search engines are seldom able to provide search results, so they tend to redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Bing, Google, and other genuine ones. The webradiosearch.com searcher is not an exception; it has been observed redirecting to Yahoo (search.yahoo.com) and to searchlee.com. The latter is a fake search engine, and while it can generate search results - they are inaccurate and may promote untrustworthy/malicious websites.
Furthermore, browser hijackers can reset any changes users attempt to make to their browsers. Alternatively, they can restrict/deny access to the browser settings outright. Therefore, recovering an affected browser is impossible without eliminating the software hijacking it. What is more, most browser hijackers can track data. Targeted information includes: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, geolocations, and even personally identifiable details. The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of data-tracking software on browsers/systems - can lead to serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Serving IP Address (webradiosearch.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.|
|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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Conf Search, EasySearchConverter, Search Monster, Nok App - are some examples of browser hijackers. They appear ordinary and offer "handy" features. However, the functionalities rarely work as advertised, and in most cases - they do not work at all. This applies to practically all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can hijack browsers, cause redirects, run intrusive advertisement campaigns (adware), and gather vulnerable information.
How did WebRadioSearch install on my computer?
PUAs are distributed through downloaders/installers of other programs. "Bundling" is the name of this deceptive marketing method - of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive adverts are also used to proliferate PUAs. When clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user permission. Select PUAs have "official" download webpages as well.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer harmful and/or bundled content. Download and installation processes must be treated with care. Therefore, it is important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate and harmless; however, they redirect to various unreliable and questionable websites (e.g., adult-dating, pornography, gambling, etc.). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed from it without delay. If your computer is already infected with WebRadioSearch, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Appearance of webradiosearch.com redirecting to the Yahoo search engine (GIF):
Appearance of webradiosearch.com redirecting to the searchlee.com fake search engine (GIF):
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- What is WebRadioSearch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WebRadioSearch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove WebRadioSearch browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove webradiosearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove webradiosearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove webradiosearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
WebRadioSearch 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, "WebRadioSearch"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the webradiosearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
WebRadioSearch browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "WebRadioSearch" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, 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 "WebRadioSearch", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.webradiosearch.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 "webradiosearch.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 webradiosearch.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 "WebRadioSearch", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
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 "WebRadioSearch", remove hxxp://webradiosearch.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with webradiosearch.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 webradiosearch.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.
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://webradiosearch.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 "WebRadioSearch".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webradiosearch.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.
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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