What is ProRadioSearch?
According to cyber security professionals, ProRadioSearch is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) that falls under the category of Browser hijackers. The aim of browser hijackers is to generate advertising profit. For example, a browser hijacker redirects the user’s homepage to the browser hijacker’s page that contains advertisements or sponsored links; a browser hijacker redirects the user web searches to a link the browser hijacker wants the user to see, rather than to legitimate search engine results. When the user clicks on ads in the search results, browser hijackers creators gets paid. The browser hijackers developers can collect user information such as user browsing habits as well as browsing history and sell this information to third parties for marketing purposes.
Most often, hijackers promote fake search providers by setting their address as the default search provider. In this case, the hijacker installs feed.proradiosearch.com as a search engine. This means that users whose internet browser is affected with the hijacker are forced to visit proradiosearch.com each time they search in the Web, open a new window or tab. And since proradiosearch.com is not a real search engine and does not have the ability to find the information users need, this web-page redirects the user’s web-browser to the Yahoo search engine.
In addition to the above, it is able to gather a wide variety of marketing-type data about you that can be later transferred to third parties. You don’t know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely don’t know what will happen when you click on any advertisements on the ProRadioSearch web site.
How can a browser hijacker get on your PC system
Many PUPs and browser hijackers like ProRadioSearch are included in freeware setup files. Most commonly, a user have a chance to disable all included “offers”, but some installers are created to confuse the average users, in order to trick them into installing an adware software or potentially unwanted programs. Anyway, easier to prevent the hijacker rather than clean up your PC after one. So, keep the internet browser updated (turn on automatic updates), use a good antivirus software, double check free programs before you start it (do a google search, scan a downloaded file with VirusTotal), avoid malicious and unknown websites.
|Type||redirect virus, browser hijacker, PUP, homepage hijacker, search provider hijacker|
|Associated domains||feed.proradiosearch.com, get.proradiosearch.com, install.proradiosearch.com, portal.proradiosearch.com|
|Affected Browser Settings||new tab page URL, search provider, home page|
|Distribution||free programs installers, shady popup ads, fake software updaters|
|Symptoms||Popups and new tab pages are loaded without your request. Website links redirect to web pages different from what you expected. There is an unexpected program in the ‘Uninstall a program’ section of your Control Panel. An unexpected web-browser toolbar appears in your browser. Your browser home page has changed and you cannot change it back.|
|Removal||ProRadioSearch removal guide|
How to remove ProRadioSearch from PC
Without a doubt, the browser hijacker is harmful to your PC. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this unwanted software. To remove this hijacker, you can use the manual removal steps that are given below or free malware removal tools like Zemana, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) or HitmanPro (all are free). We recommend you use automatic removal solution which will help you to get rid of ProRadioSearch easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in PC system or in the case where hijacker is not deleted automatically. Certain of the steps will require you to reboot your personal computer or exit this web-page. So, read this tutorial carefully, then bookmark this page or open it on your smartphone for later reference.
To remove ProRadioSearch, perform the steps below:
- How to manually delete ProRadioSearch
- Automatic Removal of ProRadioSearch
- How to stop ProRadioSearch redirect
How to manually delete ProRadioSearch
Read this section to know how to manually delete the ProRadioSearch hijacker. Even if the steps does not work for you, there are several free malicious software removers below that can easily handle such hijackers.
Delete dubious software using MS Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the PC system cleanup is to delete unknown and dubious programs. Using the MS Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded applications can clean up the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome from ads hijackers and so on.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown in the figure below.
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as on the image below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista) as displayed on the screen below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed apps and remove all suspicious and unknown programs. We suggest to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. When you’ve found anything dubious that may be the ProRadioSearch browser hijacker or other potentially unwanted program (PUP), then select this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the dubious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to completely get rid of it from your computer.
Remove ProRadioSearch hijacker from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your web-browser is hijacked or you have unwanted plugins or toolbars on your internet browser, which installed by a malware.
First, run the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as displayed in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown in the following example. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your PC system for the changes to take effect.
Remove ProRadioSearch from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings will remove ProRadioSearch from start page, new tab page and search provider by default and disable malicious addons. It will also clear cached and temporary data (cookies, site data and content). Keep in mind that resetting your web-browser will not remove your history, bookmarks, passwords, and other saved data.
First start the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will open the Google Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option called “Settings”.
The browser will open the settings screen. Another solution to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation prompt as on the image below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The internet browser will launch the procedure of cleaning. Once it is complete, the web browser’s settings including newtab page, homepage and default search provider back to the values which have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your device.
Remove ProRadioSearch from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
The Mozilla Firefox reset will remove unwanted search provider and homepage such as ProRadioSearch, modified preferences, extensions and security settings. Essential information like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
Launch the Firefox and press the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the screen below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the ProRadioSearch browser hijacker. Once, it is complete, click the “Finish” button.
Automatic Removal of ProRadioSearch
Using a malware removal utility to scan for and delete browser hijacker hiding on your internet browser is probably the easiest solution to remove the ProRadioSearch browser hijacker. We suggests the Zemana Free application for MS Windows PC systems. Hitman Pro and MalwareBytes are other anti-malware utilities for MS Windows that offers a free malware removal.
Delete ProRadioSearch browser hijacker with Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM)
Zemana is a malware removal utility developed for Microsoft Windows. This tool will allow you remove ProRadioSearch browser hijacker, various types of malicious software (including adware and PUPs) from your device. It has simple and user friendly interface. While the Zemana Free does its job, your device will run smoothly.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of Zemana Free for Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When the downloading process is finished, close all applications and windows on your device. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup like below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana Anti Malware on your PC system.
Once install is done, you will see window like below.
Now click the “Scan” button for checking your PC for the ProRadioSearch browser hijacker. This procedure may take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is scanning, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
After that process is complete, the results are displayed in the scan report. Make sure to check mark the threats that are unsafe and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will remove ProRadioSearch hijacker and move the selected items to the program’s quarantine.
Run HitmanPro to get rid of ProRadioSearch browser hijacker
The HitmanPro utility is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove ProRadioSearch browser hijacker, malicious software, potentially unwanted programs and adware software from personal computer (MS Windows 10, 8, 7, XP) and thereby revert back internet browsers default settings (homepage, newtab and default search engine). Hitman Pro is powerful enough to scan for and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the computer.
Click the link below to download Hitman Pro. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
After downloading is done, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the Hitman Pro desktop icon. When the tool is opened, you will see a screen as shown in the figure below.
Further, press “Next” button to locate ProRadioSearch hijacker. This process may take some time, so please be patient. When HitmanPro is done scanning your PC, Hitman Pro will open a scan report as displayed in the figure below.
Once you’ve selected what you want to remove from your PC system press “Next” button. It will show a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button.
Get rid of ProRadioSearch browser hijacker with MalwareBytes
If you’re still having problems with the ProRadioSearch browser hijacker — or just wish to scan your device occasionally for browser hijacker and other malware — download MalwareBytes. It’s free for home use, and detects and removes various unwanted software that attacks your personal computer or degrades device performance. MalwareBytes Anti Malware can remove adware, PUPs as well as malware, including ransomware and trojans.
First, visit the page linked below, then click the ‘Download’ button in order to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When the download is done, close all windows on your PC system. Further, run the file named MBSetup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the Setup wizard that will help you install MalwareBytes AntiMalware on the PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click “Get Started” button. Then MalwareBytes AntiMalware will automatically launch and you may see its main window as displayed below.
Next, click the “Scan” button for checking your PC for the ProRadioSearch browser hijacker. Depending on your device, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes AntiMalware application is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat.
After the scan get finished, MalwareBytes Anti Malware will display you the results. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Quarantine” button.
The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will get rid of ProRadioSearch browser hijacker and move the selected threats to the Quarantine. After disinfection is complete, you can be prompted to restart your personal computer. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware to get rid of hijackers, adware software and other malicious software.
How to stop ProRadioSearch redirect
In order to increase your security and protect your personal computer against new unwanted ads and malicious web pages, you need to use ad-blocking application that blocks an access to harmful advertisements and web-pages. Moreover, the program can stop the open of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Visit the page linked below to download AdGuard. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
When downloading is done, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide as shown in the figure below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop undesired ads, block ProRadioSearch, as well as other malicious or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that may be found on your desktop.
To sum up
Once you’ve complete the guidance outlined above, your computer should be clean from ProRadioSearch hijacker and other malware. The Google Chrome, IE, Edge and Firefox will no longer show annoying ProRadioSearch web-page on startup. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help here.