Redirect "Virus" – How to Remove It Fully
THREAT REMOVAL Redirect “Virus” – How to Remove It Fully

This article has been created in order to explain more about what is the redirect and what is Central Hub Radio Adware extension plus how to remove them from your computer completely.

A new browser extension, known as Central Hub Radio has been detected by security researchers. The browser extension aims to modify the settings on the web browsers on which it has been installed on. It’s primary purpose is to cause browser redirections and display different types of advertised content which may be targeted as a result of multiple different tracking technologies on the computer it’s installed on. In addition to this, Central Hub Radio may also perform different activities that may generally slow down the performance of your PC. If you see the redirect, recommendations are to read this article and lean how to remove this PUP (potentially unwanted program) from your computer.

Threat Summary "Virus"
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionAims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.
SymptomsYour web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements and redirects, which results in slowing down of your PC.
Distribution MethodBundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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In order to be installed on your web browser, the Central Hub Radio Chrome extension may be added as a result of you visiting a web page, promoting it as a seemingly useful type of tool, in this case an online radio as visible from the official website of the radio extension:

In addition to this, the browser extension Central Hub Radio may also come bundled together with the installers of different free programs which can be uploaded on suspicious third-party software providing websites. Such sites often tend to include Central Hub Radio as a free extra in one of their installation steps on the setups. Such programs can be basically any type of software, including driver setups, media players, torrent clients and other software.

The primary activities, related to the browser hijacker are advertisement-related, meaning that the extension aims to track your information and display different kinds of ads on your computer in order to generates profits to the cyber-criminals who are behind it. This form of aggressive advertising is known as behavioral advertising and it is based on your online activity, which may be tracked by the Central Hub Radio browser extension.

The main web browser which this extension targets is Google Chrome. On it, we have detected the Central Hub Radio extension to assume the following permissions after it has been installed on your computer:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Replace the page you see when opening a new tab.
  • Communicate with cooperating sites.

The Central Hub Radio extension also sets it’s default search engine We have detected it to use the different tracking technologies which link to the following hosts:

The tracking technologies which may currently be in use by redirect may be the following:

  • Pixels.
  • Tags.
  • Communicate with cooperating sites.
  • Cookies.
  • Web browser geo-locators.
  • LSOs (Flash Cookies).

These types of tracking tech are used for different purposes by Central Hub Radio, as their privacy policy clearly shows us:

As visible from the screenshot above, the Central Hub Radio “team” can collect your information and even share it with different third-parties in order to “Improve” their service, which is to display advertisements. These apps are commonly reffered to as browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs, because they may expose the following information from your browser:

  • The data you enter when you search and your search history.
  • You web browsing history.
  • Your bookmarked websites.
  • Your online click.

This information may then be used by the in order to show you different types of advertisements on your computer:

  • Browser redirects.
  • Pop-ups randomly appearing.
  • Taken over banner spaces on the websites you visit with a text similar to “Ad by Central Hub Radio”.
  • Ad-supported search results.

Since the browser hijacker advertises you ad-supported search results and does not have it’s own search engine, such search websites are commonly referred to as hoax searching websites. They often track your data and are set by browser hijacker PUPs, like Central Hub Radio as your new tab and home page. Since the websites to which the Central Hub Radio and may redirect you are third-party sites which pay to be advertised, they are not to be trusted. The main reasons for that are that the providers of Central Hub Radio may not mind to advertise all types of third-party websites, including:

  • Scamming sites.
  • Phishing sites that may imitate legitimate retailers, like eBay, Amazon, etc. in order to steal your credentials.
  • Malicious websites which may directly infect your computer via JavaScript or by downloading and installing malware on it automatically.

These are the main reason why programs, like Central Hub Radio should immediately be removed from your computer, since they are considered potentially and indirectly dangerous.

Remove and Central Hub Radio from Chome and Your PC

Since the browser hijacker is often considered a low-level type of threat, most conventional antivirus programs fail to detect and remove it fully. This is the main reason why we recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath the article and remove either manually or automatically. For maximum effectiveness, security professionals often advise users to download and run a scan, using an advanced anti-malware software, which will not only fully get rid of all the objects and files, related to PUP, but will also ensure future protection against such intrusive apps and malware in real time.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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