Baboom.audio Redirect

Also Known As: feed.baboom.audio redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Baboom.audio redirect removal instructions

What is baboom.audio?

Baboom.audio is a deceptive browser plug-in that supposedly allows users to listen to the radio directly from their Internet browsers - "Baboom.audio enables you to listen to live radio stations directly from your browser while surfing the web." These false claims are used to trick users into believing that this application is legitimate and useful, however, Baboom.audio is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). These reason for these negative associations is rogue behavior exhibited by Baboom.audio, which includes stealth installation, modification of browser settings, and tracking of Internet browsing activity.

baboom.audio browser hijacker

This browser hijacker targets Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. After successful infiltration, it modifies the default search engine, homepage and new tab URL settings by assigning them to the feed.baboom.audio website. In addition, it installs a number of applications and browser plug-ins that block users from rolling back these changes. These actions are performed without users' permission, and thus, the Internet browsing experience is significantly diminished. As with regular browser hijackers, Baboom.audio tracks and collects various Internet browsing-related information including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geolocations), websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. This may seem insignificant, however the details are used by third parties to identify individuals. Therefore, having Baboom.audio installed on your system can lead to various privacy issues. We strongly recommend that you remove this application from your system.

Browser-hijacking applications often have similar behavior. For example, as with Baboom.audio, MergeDocsOnline, search.com, myoivu.com, and only-search.com are also presented as valid applications that supposedly improve Internet browsing. These false claims are simply attempts to give the impression of legitimacy, however, rather than providing the features promised, Baboom.audio (and other browser-hijacking applications) modify browser settings, display intrusive ads and collect personally identifiable information. They are designed solely to generate revenue for the developers and provide no real value to users.

How did baboom.audio install on my computer?

The Baboom.audio browser hijacker is distributed as a 'bundle' with other (mostly free) software. The developers of rogue applications know that many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing applications, and thus, developers intentionally conceal their products within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By rushing the download and installation procedures and skipping this section, users expose their systems to risk of infection and often go on to inadvertently install rogue applications such as Baboom.audio.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Perform the download and installation processes with caution. Closely analyze each step to ensure that only the desired software is downloaded/installed. In addition, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' download and installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.

Deceptive free software installer set-up used in Baboom.audio browser hijacker distribution:

Deceptive software installer distributing baboom.audio browser hijacker

Website promoting Baboom.audio browser hijacker:

Official baboom.audio website

Screenshot of Baboom.audio browser-hijacking application:

Deceptive baboom.audio application

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Quick menu:

Baboom.audio 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.

baboom.audio browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the Baboom.audio website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Baboom.audio browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing baboom.audio 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 baboom.audio 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://feed.baboom.audio 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 baboom.audio 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 "Baboom.audio".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the feed.baboom.audio 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 baboom.audio related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Baboom New Tab", and "Baboom search", select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing baboom.audio from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://feed.baboom.audio and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing baboom.audio from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Baboom Search" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the feed.baboom.audio 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing baboom.audio related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove all recently-installed suspicious plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing baboom.audio 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, remove hxxp://feed.baboom.audio and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing baboom.audio 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: "Baboom.audio"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with feed.baboom.audio 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the feed.baboom.audio redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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.

Removal assistance:
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