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Remove Search.hfreeliveradio.co virus (Removal Guide) - updated Aug 2019

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Search.hfreeliveradio.co is a questionable search engine that tries to give a useful look to its services

Free Live Radio browser hijacker

Search.hfreeliveradio.co, also known as Free Live Radio, is a search tool created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. The program is promoted via Free Live Radio extension in software packages. Afterward, the browser hijacker aims to change the default search engine and main page to New Tab Search zone where users are forced to carry out search queries by using the new engine. Additionally, Search.hfreeliveradio.co virus provides itself as a useful app by including fast access to weather-viewing networks, news portals, online-shopping, video-watching, and radio-listening sources such as nationalweatheragency.org, news.mynewswire.co, iheart.com, Amazon, Youtube, etc. 

Name Search.hfreeliveradio.co, Search.hfreeliveradio.org
Also known as Free Live Radio
Category Browser hijacker
Creator/developer Polarity Technologies Ltd.
Engine/homepage New Tab Search
Promoted sources nationalweatheragency.org, news.mynewswire.co, iheart.com, Amazon, Youtube, etc.
Detection names Adware.Spigot.145, Win32.Application.SpringTech.A, Application.Toolbar (A), and similar
Activities Modifying web browsers, promoting rogue deals, pushing redirects to affiliate sources
Distribution Bundled programs or unsecured networks/services
Elimination Use Reimage Reimage Cleaner for performing a full system scan and get rid of the PUP automatically or manually

Free Live Radio travels through unsecured downloads and might appear on your computer and browser if you have downloaded questionable products from websites such as descargar.es, filewin.com, filewon.com, malavida.es, etc. Once inserted on a specific machine, the browser hijacker will access browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and so on.

We have made research on this browser-hijacking application and discovered that many users have been searching for proper ways to get rid of Free Live Radio.[1] Be aware that this hijacker supports two domains which are Search.hfreeliveradio.co and Search.hfreeliveradio.org so any of these URLs can appear in your new tab address bar.

Free Live Radio virus has been detected suspicious, malicious, and in other different names by 23 AV engines, according to Virus Total.[2] Some detection names of this browser-hijacking program refer to:

  • ApplicUnwnt@#2mqsn979zotvv;
  • Application.Toolbar (A);
  • Adware.Spigot.145;
  • GenericR-PBK!B860CF8C4CB5;
  • GrayWare[AdWare]/Win32.WebSearch;
  • Generic.mg.b860cf8c4cb5dc67;
  • Win32.Application.SpringTech.A.

Be careful and do not fall for the useful look that Search.hfreeliveradio.co might provide you with. Fast access to popular websites and networks is not a worthy reason for using this hijacker as you can insert bookmarks on your browser toolbar instead and avoid all the annoying activities and changes that will be likely brought by the PUP while using its services.

Free Live Radio PUP
Free Live Radio is a potentially unwanted program that occurs through bundles or on unsecured third-party networks

Free Live Radio is likely to display unwanted advertising content all over your computer screen during browser sessions and other similar activity. Developers might use this app to promote various rogue deals, offers, and fake rewards. Be careful with such content and do not fall for suggestions to purchase rogue products or answer dubious surveys.

Additionally, Free Live Radio is capable of collecting browsing-related information. What makes this potentially dangerous is that the developers do not take care of the user's information privacy and collected data can be easily passed on to other third-parties and get accidentally (or purposely) leaked. This way you might end up facing data theft consequences.

According to the Privacy Policy that is written by Free Live Radio developers, this potentially unwanted program can collect personal and non-personal information altogether. Personal information mostly refers to the user himself, e.g. name, surname, email address, and similar. Continuously, non-personal information refers to the person's browsing habits and computing activity:

We may collect information from you in two ways: information we gather from your use of our Service and information you give to us, as further outlined below. This information may include“Personal Information” and “Non-Personal Information.” For purposes of this Privacy Policy, “Personal Information” means information that you provide to us that personally identifies you, such as your first and last name, email address, physical address, telephone number and billing information. For purposes of this Privacy Policy, “Non-Personal Information” means information that does not specifically identify you.

Even though Search.hfreeliveradio.co looks like an ordinary search tool that has quick access to popular social networks, email services, and radio-themed websites. It redirects searches to Yahoo; however, it might display tons of commercial content and trigger redirects that diminishes browsing experience and might put you at risk.

Search.hfreeliveradio.co removal is necessary to avoid aggressive ads and protect sensitive data[3] from unknown third-parties. However, it might be a complicated task because the PUP might alter Windows registry and browser shortcuts to strengthen its presence. Note that all browser hijacker-related content needs to be removed from the system, otherwise, the PUP might repeatedly appear on the computer after the next machine boot.

Free Live Radio virus
Free Live Radio - a browser hijacker that sets the engine and homepage of the infected web browser to New Tab Search

Fortunately, professional anti-malware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner can scan the entire system for possibly-affected sources and help to remove Search.hfreeliveradio.co quickly. Therefore, just download the program, update it and run a full system check-up. However, if you have been looking for manual guidelines that will help you to complete the process, you can find such type of instructions at the end of this article.

It is known that Free Live Radio mostly spreads in the United States and other English-speaking regions. However, it might also cause problems in Asian or European countries, including Sweden[4] and the Netherlands. If the PUP has encountered your system and web browsers, do not wait until it completely annoys you with pop-up ads, redirecting, and uninstall the browser hijacker without any hesitation.

PUPs travel in software packages

A browser hijacker can often be found as an optional component in freeware and shareware bundles. When users install new software under Standard/Recommended settings, users give indirect permission for PUPs to be installed too. These settings do not inform about additional downloads.

However, you can stop the installation of undesired apps with the help of Advanced/Custom settings. This setup shows up the list of third-party software and allows rejecting their installation by deselecting check-boxes next to them. By choosing this type of configuration you will be the one in control of all downloads and installations.

Continuously, secondary networks and services can also be the sources of potentially unwanted content. Be careful while using third-party services, e.g. gambling, online-dating, porn-watching, and gaming networks as browser hijackers might be hidden anywhere in these types of locations.

Search.hfreeliveradio.co virus
Search.hfreeliveradio.co is a browser hijacker that might place loads of unwanted advertising content on your computer screen

Last but not least, it is important to take care of automatical protection on your computer system. For this purpose, you need to choose a reliable antivirus program and regularly scan the entire machine with it. Also, it is a necessity to regularly update your anti-malware software, otherwise, it might not operate properly.

Two ways to get rid of Search.hfreeliveradio.co virus

After the hijack, you have two Search.hfreeliveradio.co removal options. One of them offers to eliminate the hijacker manually. By following the step-by-step guide below, you have to uninstall suspicious programs, browser extensions and reset each of the web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

The other method suggests uninstalling the hijacker with anti-malware/anti-spyware. To remove Search.hfreeliveradio.co, you have to scan the system with an updated tool. You can choose software from our below-provided anti-malware list or you can download/install a program that suits your own likings and expectations.

According to experts from LosVirus.es, it is very important to get rid of various cyber threats and PUPs such as Search.hfreeliveradio.co virus if you want to stabilize your computer system and perform computing work in full quality. Make sure that once you start eliminating the browser hijacker, you clean all infected directories. If you leave some suspicious content in the system, you might find out that the PUP[5] has returned.

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To remove Search.hfreeliveradio.co virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Search.hfreeliveradio.co from Windows systems

Check the list of installed programs and uninstall all suspicious entries that might be related to Search.hfreeliveradio.co virus.

  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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co and related programs
    Here, look for Search.hfreeliveradio.co 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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co 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.

Erase Search.hfreeliveradio.co from Mac OS X system

If your browser was hijacked, you should check your Applications and delete suspicious entries by following these steps:

  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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co 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'

Eliminate Search.hfreeliveradio.co from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the instructions to fix Internet Explorer after the hijack:

  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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co 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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Search.hfreeliveradio.co virus from Microsoft Edge

These guidelines will help you to get back control over the 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, Search.hfreeliveradio.co should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Search.hfreeliveradio.co from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

From the list of Firefox extensions remove Free Live Radio New Tab Search extension and other suspicious entries. Then reset the browser as shown below:

  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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co 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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Search.hfreeliveradio.co from Google Chrome

The PUP may have installed Free Live Radio New Tab Search to Chrome without your knowledge. Therefore, you have to get rid of it by following these steps:

  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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co 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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Search.hfreeliveradio.co from Safari

In order to get back control over the Safari, you have to wipe out hijacker-related entries:

  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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co 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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co, 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 Search.hfreeliveradio.co removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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