The article will help you to remove Search.hontheradio.co totally. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions given at the end of the article.
Search.hontheradio.co is the URL address that will show up when you open a new tab page if you have the related browser hijacker redirect installed on your PC. The browser hijacker is called On The Radio. The company which developed it is named Polarity Technologies which is known previously as SaferBrowser, before its rebranding. The unwanted Search.hontheradio.co hijacker modifies the new tab window, homepage, and search engine for all browser applications that you have. The main page of a browser may also feature a toolbar and browsers may get an extension related to the hijacker installed.
|Name||On The Radio|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The hijacker redirect can alter the homepage, search engine and new tab on every browser application you have installed.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab and search engine of all your browsers will be switched to Search.hontheradio.co. You will be redirected and could see sponsored content.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by On The Radio |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss On The Radio.|
Search.hontheradio.co – How Does It Spread?
Search.hontheradio.co uses different methods to spread itself around the Internet. Installation setups from third-party programs are mainly responsible for delivering the browser hijacker. Without any notification, freeware, and bundled packages could spread the hijacker to your computer system. Installation setups such as those might be set to install additional content by default. To prevent that from happening can be managed if you find Custom or Advanced settings in the setup. From there you should be able to deselect unwanted components from being installed.
Below you can see the main download URL page for the Ontheradio.co browser hijacker:
Search.hontheradio.co could be delivered via a browser add-on. Add-ons and plug-ins associated with the hijacker might be put all around the Internet as another delivery way. Social media networks and file-sharing services can also be used for delivering installation setups that contain the hijacker program. The browser hijacker redirect can appear from redirect links and advertisements found on suspicious websites. Browsers that can get affected are: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer.
Search.hontheradio.co – What Does It Do?
Search.hontheradio.co is the Web address of a browser hijacker. The default search engine for your browsers is going to load the page Search.hontheradio.co, after the hijacker has affected them. You can see the main page of the hijacker in the image below:
Extensions and addons which are connected to this hijacker could be in your browser apps and alter the new tab window, homepage, and the default search settings. That can be seen through redirects which are spawned to your pages when you are casually browsing the Internet. Many, different kinds of data can be collected from you and sent to servers related to the Search.hontheradio.co site owners. Third party partners and affiliates might also receive that information.
The extension could do the following:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Replace the page you see when opening a new tab
- Manage your apps, extensions, and themes
Search.hontheradio.co filters whatever searches go through it so you should be careful of what you provide as information. Content, some of which is sponsored, can appear as targeted advertisements, and be displayed after you make a search or if you are just surfing the Web. That advertising content can be of a few types and presented as in-text links, pop-ups, pop-unders, and similar advertisements.
The image displayed above reveals the redirect for the search results of the Search.hontheradio.co page and its function. The redirect link is hosted on a sub-domain of the hijacker and only appears in a very small period of time. Each one of your search queries will get filtered, and all of the data which is gathered from those is going to a sub-domain and will be stored there. Afterward, you will see the search results page of a reputable search engine – or at least it will look like it. On the screenshot displayed below you can see an example of a fake Yahoo’s search results page:
Be careful with what information you tend to give inside search bars, especially if that data contains personal information and similar things, as your credentials to a site, account details among other things. Keep on reading to find out what information is being obtained from you.
The policy states that the following information is obtained:
- Email address
- IP address
- Device-specific data (hardware model and operating system)
- Data about crashes, system activity, hardware settings and browser language
- Search queries and all related search data
- Date and time of query request and referral URL
- Your Browser Type
- Source of traffic acquisition
- Your geographic location
- Domain name of your Internet Search Provider (ISP)
In addition, the time and date of the following browser events will also be acquired:
- Chrome extensions enabled
- Homepage/new tab rendered
- Search query performed
- Search performed on search engine results page (“SERP”)
- Search term on SERP
- Paid advertisements clicked on SERP
- Organic advertisements clicked on SERP
- Icons clicked on Home page/New Tab Page
- Uninstalls of extension
- Views on landing page
- Clicks on an action button on landing page
- Cancellations of extension installation
- Acceptance of extension installation
- Disablement of extension
Remove Search.hontheradio.co Browser Hijacker
To remove Search.hontheradio.co manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker entirely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your computer secure in the future.