|Type||PUP, ad-supported software|
|Short Description||The application is advertised as free and oriented towards music lovers.|
|Symptoms||The user will be viewing affiliate parties’ advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||The official website, Bundling, freeware websites.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By PUP.NetRadioPlayer|
NetRadioPlayer is classified as a potentially unwanted program that may put the system at risk. The official description of NetRadioPlayer states that it is a free application that acts as a search engine on musical topics such as songs, artists, stations, and shows. However, when we attempted to download the application for the purpose of analysis, our AV software blocked it instantly. Not only was the app blocked, but it was detected as malware.
AV software may detect NetRadioPlayer as PUP.NetRadio. According to the scan report of VirusTotal, three anti-malware programs identify the application as troublesome.
Other possible detection names are:
- Adware.Plugin.222 (DrWeb)
- BehavesLike.Win32.Suspicious.fc (McAfee)
- HEUR/QVM42.1.Malware.Gen (Qihoo-360)
The primary executable of NetRadioPlayer is:
Systems Affected are:
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
When we tried to install the application, it was instantly blocked by the anti-virus solution. Here is a screenshot of the situation:
NetRadioPlayer Distribution Method
NetRadioPlayer is available for download on its official website. It is also possible that it is advertised on other freeware and shareware pages. Such websites are often employed to spread riskware and even malware. To avoid being targeted by unwanted applications, always research your software and the websites you plan to download it from. Legitimate sites are easy to recognize – they will be secure (HTTPS) or will use some data encryption.
Clicking on random ad-sponsored content is not considered safe. It may redirect you to predefined pages, or may land you on scamming websites employed for phishing or other social engineering schemes.
NetRadioPlayer Removal Instructions
To avoid being exposed to malware and intrusive advertisements, you may want to consider removing the program. Potentially unwanted applications should be uninstalled because they increase the system’s vulnerability to cyber threats.
A manual removal guide is given below the article. After the PUP is uninstalled, scanning the system is still recommended. Bundling may have brought any form of unwanted software into your machine. Thus, AV solutions are the best way to clean the system.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall PUP.NetRadioPlayer in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall PUP.NetRadioPlayer.
Step 2: Remove PUP.NetRadioPlayer from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select PUP.NetRadioPlayer and click “Remove”
After PUP.NetRadioPlayer is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select PUP.NetRadioPlayer to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After PUP.NetRadioPlayer has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on PUP.NetRadioPlayer
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall PUP.NetRadioPlayer. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the PUP.NetRadioPlayer will be removed.
Step 3: Remove PUP.NetRadioPlayer automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all PUP.NetRadioPlayer associated objects.