What is NetRadio?
The developers of NetRadio (NetRadioPlayer) state that this application allows users to listen to the radio via their computers - "NetRadioPlayer is a totally free application that acts as a search engine for all of radio: songs, artists, shows and stations. Search for your favorite artist and listen to their music. Every 3-5 seconds tens of thousands of online radio stations are checked to see what is playing and the information is used to power our search engine."
Some users may believe that this app is legitimate and useful, however, NetRadio is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. This application often infiltrates systems without users' permission. In addition, it tracks users' Internet browsing activity and displays intrusive advertisements.
NetRadio displays various advertisements including in-text ads, links to other sites, etc. Some are large enough to conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, these advertisements might redirect to malicious sites containing infectious content.
Thus, clicking them can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. Ads of this type are displayed using a virtual layer, which enables placement of any third party graphical content on visited websites.
Furthermore, NetRadio gathers information relating to users' Internet browsing activity (for example, Internet Protocol [IP] addresses [to determine users' geographic locations], browser type and language, web browsing details, etc.). Some collected data might be personally identifiable, which the developers share with third parties who can misuse it to generate revenue.
Therefore, having NetRadio installed on your system can lead to various privacy issues. If you are concerned with your privacy and Internet browsing safety, uninstall NetRadio adware immediately.
We may transfer your information to a third party if we are involved in a corporate restructuring (e.g., a sale, merger, or other transfer of assets). We may utilize third party vendors to store and/or process data we collect about you (e.g. cloud storage providers/solutions such as Amazon’s AWS).
All adware-type apps attempt to trick users to install by offering useful features. Many succeed, however, after infiltration, they merely generate advertisements and collect personally identifiable information. Adware-type applications are designed to generate revenue for the developers - users receive no real value.
How did NetRadio install on my computer?
NetRadio is often distributed as a 'bundle' with other applications. Research shows that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software - they rush these processes and often install rogue apps inadvertently. Aware of this, developers intentionally hide apps such as NetRadio within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings.
Developers are concerned only with the amount of revenue generated, which is dependent on the number of apps distributed. Thus, they do not properly disclose installation of bogus apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Pay close attention when downloading and installing software. Applications should be downloaded from trusted sources - usually, official websites.
Follow each step and opt-out all third party applications. Use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' download/installation settings - this will reveal rogue apps such as NetRadio and enable you to decline them. The key to computer safety is caution. Do not rush these processes.
Deceptive free software installers used in NetRadio adware distribution:
NetRadio adware installer set-up:
Screenshot of NetRadio application:
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- What is NetRadio?
- STEP 1. Uninstall NetRadio application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove NetRadio adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove NetRadio ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by NetRadio' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove NetRadio ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
NetRadio adware 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 "NetRadio", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes NetRadio ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove NetRadio adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, NetRadio did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the netradio adware, 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 "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the netradio adware, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with netradio adware 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the netradio adware, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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