This article has been created in order to explain more about what is the Search.centralhubradio.com 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 Search.centralhubradio.com redirect, recommendations are to read this article and lean how to remove this PUP (potentially unwanted program) from your computer.
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements and redirects, which results in slowing down of your PC.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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Search.centralhubradio.com – Spread
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 Search.centralhubradio.com 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 Search.centralhubradio.com. 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 Search.centralhubradio.com redirect may be the following:
- Communicate with cooperating sites.
- Web browser geo-locators.
- LSOs (Flash Cookies).
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 Search.centralhubradio.com 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 Search.centralhubradio.com 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 Search.centralhubradio.com 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.
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 Search.centralhubradio.com and Central Hub Radio from Chome and Your PC
Since the Search.centralhubradio.com 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 Search.centralhubradio.com 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 Sarch.centralhubradio.com PUP, but will also ensure future protection against such intrusive apps and malware in real time.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus"
Step 2: Uninstall Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" will be removed.
Eliminate Search.CentralHubRadio.com "Virus" from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.