If you like to listen to the radio, probably you would not mind a search website in your browsers like Search.hfreeliveradio.co that offers you quick access to online radios and more; however, we have bad news for you if you have this featured site on board. Unfortunately, this is a new attempt to make easy money through third-party advertising by the same team (Polarity Technologies Ltd.) who is responsible for dozens of similar and identical infections, including Search.hwatchtvnow.co, Search.trackmyflight.co, and Search.searchwos.com. This malware infection can modify your default search engine for Mozilla Firefox, the new tab page, and home page settings for all other major browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. This is why we have labeled it as a browser hijacker. This infection may expose you to questionable third-party web content that could pose a threat to your system security. Thus, we suggest that you remove Search.hfreeliveradio.co as soon as possible if you do not want to experience further infections or online scams.
This browser hijacker can be installed directly from two official sources. One, the promotion webpage at “freeliveradio.co/Radio?” and two, the Chrome web store at “chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/free-live-radio/pacogkibldhicojmklpbapiilaleilbp”. The official webpage is rather simple; there is not too much to see there practically apart from the big Continue button that installs this questionable tool. Before adding this browser extension, or any other for that matter, a pop-up window comes up that informs you about the permissions you have to agree with to be able to proceed with the installation. We highly recommend that you always carefully read this list to be aware of what you are about to grant your target tool. The web store shows that there have already been 57 thousand users who have installed this extension, which can be called quite popular. However, not one single review or evaluation has been submitted. This is rather strange and usually happens when you are dealing with a questionable or unreliable product. We do realize that this may not be a strong enough reason for you to delete Search.hfreeliveradio.co from your computer, so let us go on.
It is obviously much worse if you do not recall installing this browser hijacker because that would mean that it had to sneak onto your system sort of behind your back. Of course, even in this case it is more likely that you simply overlooked the related information or option to opt out. Cyber crooks like to create misleading installers for software bundles so that unsuspecting users would install the full package by default. A bundle may contain all kinds of potentially unwanted programs and malicious software installers, including adware programs, browser hijackers, fake alerts, and more. Infecting your PC with such a bunch of threats could make it rather vulnerable to more cyber attacks. Therefore, you need to be more cautious not to land on suspicious file-sharing, online gaming, and betting pages that generally host a great number of unsafe third-party contents (e.g., advertisements, fake buttons, and fake notifications). You should also make sure that there is no malware infection on your system that could display such unreliable third-party contents if you want to feel secure whenever you go online. We recommend that you delete Search.hfreeliveradio.co and then, run a reliable free online malware scanner to detect all possible threats on your PC.
This browser hijacker is exactly the same as its predecessors in its family. It offers you a fake toolbar with a search tool, the usual local weather forecast page, and the news page. Both of these pages can display annoying and potentially unreliable third-party ads; therefore, engaging with them is not advisable. You can also find a couple of quick links on this toolbar to online radio stations (“iheart.com/live/” and “espn.com/espnradio/”). Below the main search box, there is a panel of thumbnail links also leading to these pages. The biggest system security issue is caused by the search engine itself. This hijacker can modify the results as all your queries are first forwarded to its own web server, query.hfreeliveradio.co, and only then to search.yahoo.com. Do not be misled by finding yourself on a Yahoo search results page since it may contain questionable third-party ads and links you should not engage with. One click on the wrong content could infect your system even more or you could open malicious pages on new tabs and find yourself scammed. Hopefully, these are good enough reasons for you to want to act and remove Search.hfreeliveradio.co right away.
This new browser hijacker is a bit more complicated to remove from your system because the uninstaller in Control Panel only cleans your Internet Explorer browser. As for the other two major browsers, you need to reset them to make sure that no browser-related threats remain. Please use our instructions below if you feel like eliminating this threat source manually. However, if you are looking for a more powerful and automatic way to deal with not only this attack but all other present and future threats, we suggest that you install a reliable anti-malware program like SpyHunter.
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