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Home.centralhubradio.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Home.centralhubradio.com is a potentially unwanted program which takes over regular browsers

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Name Home.centralhubradio.com
Type Browser hijacker
Danger Level Medium
Distribution Spreads via bundling technique
Symptoms Browser settings are modified, so that the homepage, new tab URL and default search engine would lead to the fraudulent search engine

Home.centralhubradio.com is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] since it has the features of the browser hijacker. In other terms, this program operates as a fraudulent search engine and aims to hijack most popular browsers, like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and others. 

Even though the changes might seem insignificant, after Home.centralhubradio.com hijack, you will be forced to use its services on a daily basis. In other terms, every time you open new tab or homepage, you will be redirected to hxxp://home.centralhubradio.com/. Unfortunately, you won't be able to reset these modifications without help.

Note that this browser hijacker might be distributed as Search Tuner extension together with other third-party software. Sadly, you cannot trust the search results it delivers since they are altered to promote affiliate websites and generate pay-per-click revenue for its developers. Here is the fraction of Privacy Policy indicating such actions:

The Extension and Website may integrate third-party content (“Third Party Content”) in order to display what services are streaming certain content and search results to you.

Additionally, Centralhubradio.com is designed to track its users and collect information about their browsing habits. Even if such details are considered to be personally non-identifiable[2], they can still contain personal information. The gathered data is not only stored on the company's servers but also shared with third-parties. 

Therefore, we strongly encourage you to remove Home.centralhubradio.com from your system as quickly as possible. This way you will avoid the risks of identity theft and protect your computer from potentially dangerous ads which are delivered by this shady search engine. 

For Home.centralhubradio.com removal we recommend using Reimage since its easy-to-use design will allow every computer users to uninstall this browser hijacker within several minutes. You merely need to download the antivirus and scan your system files immediately.

However, if you want to get rid of Home.centralhubradio.com manually, we suggest you use instructions attached at the end of this article. They will show step-by-step how to uninstall this PUP and reset each of your browsers to the primary state. 

Software-bundles: developers insert PUPs in the installers of third-party applications

Even though PUPs' distribution technique is completely legal, we find it unfair. It is because potentially unwanted programs are bundled with free applications without disclosing the information about such actions. Likewise, many people unknowingly install browser hijackers once they choose Quick or Recommended settings.

These installation modes are designed to skip many important steps of the procedure and hide the information about PUP. Therefore, you should pick Advanced or Custom mode and attentively seek for additional components. PUPs might be marked as pre-selected boxes granting your permission to install them. ALWAYS un-tick those boxes!

The quickest method to get rid of Home.centralhubradio.com virus

Home.centralhubradio.com is not a dangerous cyber threat which can permanently damage your system. However, due to its persistent features of reassigning itself to the primary search provider LesVirus.fr[3] experts and some users call it a virus. In fact, it might get tricky during the elimination procedure.

For this reason, we recommend you to remove Home.centralhubradio.com from your computer automatically. Merely get a professional antivirus and let it do the job for you — examine your system and uninstall the browser hijacker. You will find recommended security software down below.

However, in case some users are willing to perform manual Home.centralhubradio.com removal, we want to warn that it might get confusing. Thus, the instructions below are designed to guide you through the elimination procedure and ensure safe removal.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Home.centralhubradio.com, follow these steps:

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Erase Home.centralhubradio.com from Windows systems

If you notice continuous redirects to Home.centralhubradio.com on your Windows system, it indicates that your computer is infected with a browser hijacker.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Home.centralhubradio.com and related programs
    Here, look for Home.centralhubradio.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Home.centralhubradio.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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Uninstall Home.centralhubradio.com from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Home.centralhubradio.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Remove Home.centralhubradio.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Home.centralhubradio.com and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Home.centralhubradio.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Delete Home.centralhubradio.com from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Home.centralhubradio.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Home.centralhubradio.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

The first step to reset Mozilla to the previous state is to uninstall Central Hub Radio and Search Tuner extensions.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Home.centralhubradio.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Home.centralhubradio.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Home.centralhubradio.com from Google Chrome

Complete the elimination procedure by deleting SearchTuner and CentralHubRadio extensions from Chrome.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Home.centralhubradio.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Home.centralhubradio.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase Home.centralhubradio.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Home.centralhubradio.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Home.centralhubradio.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Home.centralhubradio.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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