What is Search.yourradionow.com?
If your browser’s homepage, new tab page, and search provider have been changed to Search.yourradionow.com, then you have to remove, because this search engine is bound to cause you trouble. After analyzing it, our malware analysts have classified it as a browser hijacker. It was classified as such because this search engine is distributed using deceptive techniques and is set to automatically modify your browser’s settings without your consent. This is done to redirect web traffic and subject Internet surfers to potentially unreliable promotional links. Such practices are unacceptable, and so this website is nothing short of malicious. Please continue reading to find out more.
How is Search.yourradionow.com distributed?
Search.yourradionow.com originated in Italy. From the information our malware researchers have gathered, we can confidentially say that this malware is alive and well. Unlike most low-grade browser hijackers, this one has its very own distribution website. Hence, this browser hijacker has an accompanying browser extension for Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and Chrome. This extension is called Your Radio Now.
However, it has little to do with Internet radio. In any case, Your Radio Now and, therefore, the browser hijacker have been put up for download on a website called Yourradionow.com/Radio?. It is a dedicated website that has been set up by the developers. Nevertheless, this is not its only distribution method. Our analysts have found that this browser hijacker can also infect computers via software bundles. These kinds of malicious bundles are usually featured on borderline-legitimate websites. Malicious bundles differ from legitimate ones because they contain malicious software and are often installed automatically without the user knowing about it, and such is the case with Search.yourradionow.com
What does Search.yourradionow.com do?
This browser hijacker is good to go right out of the box. Once its browser extension is installed, it will modify you browser’s setting and change the default homepage to Search.yourradionow.com. Additionally, it will change the new tab page for Chrome as well. This hijacker changes the aforementioned settings to expose you to its search engine that is set to connect to a remote server at Extsearch.maxwebsearch.com that injects promotional links into the search result before redirecting you to a custom Yahoo.com search engine. We at Anti-spyware-101.com have found that this browser hijacker might be set to promote malicious websites and software, so it is a treat to your computer’s and your personal security as spyware can find its way onto your PC via this hijacker.
Nevertheless, its developers have put a great deal of effort into building Search.yourradionow.com. But it is far from being their first creation as it has several clones that include names, such as Search.youremailcenter.com, Search.youronlinegameplay.com, Search.yoursocialhubnow.com, and several others. All of them work the same but are tailored for audiences that have certain interests. For example, Search.yourradionow.com is an Internet-radio-oriented hijacker that features links to Tunein.com, Soundcloud.com, Spotify.com and a few others. The links featured on its browser-window-based toolbar are legitimate. However, in all, this search engine/browser hijacker is no good and the sooner you delete it from your browser, the better.
How do I remove Search.yourradionow.com?
To remove this browse hijacker, you must first uninstall it via Control Panel and then proceed to removing its browser extension. After you have done that everything should go back to how it was before the infection. However, in some cases, you might have to change the homepage, search provider, and new tab page settings manually. Again, we want to stress that this hijacker is set to display promotional links of which some of them may be unreliable. Scanning your computer with an antimalware tool is also recommended, just in case some malware has managed to get in.
Uninstall via Control Panel
- Right-click on the Start menu.
- Go to Control Panel and select Uninstall a program.
- Find the program.
- Right-click on it.
Windows 8 and 8.1
- Open the Charm bar located on the right side of the screen.
- Click Settings and select Control Panel.
- Open Uninstall a program.
- Find the malicious program.
- Click the Uninstall button.
Windows 7 and Vista
- Click Start.
- Select Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Find the malware and right-click on it.
- Click Uninstall.
- Navigate the mouse to the bottom-left corner of the screen.
- Open the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
- Click Add or Remove Programs.
- Find the infection and click the Remove button.
Remove this browser hijacker’s browser add-on
- Press Ctrl+Shift+A and select Extensions.
- Identify the hijacker’s extension and click Remove.
- Press Alt+F and click Settings, and then go to Extensions.
- Identify the extension and click Remove.
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