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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Search.searchhdrp.com is classified as a browser hijacker, and we have found it traveling bundled with the HD Radio Player. Because the official website representing this program, hdradioplayer.com, is no longer active, it is most likely that users will acquire it from the Chrome web store. The installer of this app is still available from this web store, and it seems to have over 1,500 users. It is also possible that users will download the app using third-party installers, which is something we do not recommend. Trusting unfamiliar installers is extremely dangerous because they could silently bundle relatively harmless tools with malicious infections capable of hijacking your system or even stealing your virtual identity. Whether or not additional threats exist, we strongly advise removing Search.searchhdrp.com along with the extension that it is associated with.

According to our research, Search.searchhdrp.com is very similar to Search.login-help.net, Search.di-cmf.com, Search.tv-cmf.com, and a number of other suspicious search tools that can take over Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox browsers. All of these search tools are dependent on browser extensions that are associated with SaferBrowser, which, assumingly, is the developer of this software. The extensions we have researched, including HD Radio Player, usually promise users easy access to popular services; however, they are not that beneficial. For example, if you download HD Radio Player, your New Tab will showcase the Search.searchhdrp.com search tool, and links to Spotify, Soundcloud, Pandora, iHeart, and ESPN will be attached to it. Needless to say, you can easily attach the links to these services to your main bookmarks bar, and you certainly do not need a suspicious program for that. The good news is that the links this tool introduces to you are authentic. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the search results represented via the Search.searchhdrp.com hijacker.

When you send search queries using the search tool introduced to you by Search.searchhdrp.com, you will be automatically redirected to search.yahoo.com via query.searchhdrp.com. Do you think that the search results sown to you can be trusted? Unfortunately, they could be modified to include sponsored links as the developer of this search tool earns money for promotional services. Can these sponsored links be trusted? Well, some of them are likely to be harmless, but others could hide links to malicious sites, and you do not want to visit those. Note that advertisements could show up in other forms if adware (advertising-supported software) slithers into your operating system along with the PUP (potentially unwanted program) and the hijacker. In fact, all kinds of threats could have invaded your PC along with this software, which is why you need to inspect your operating system right away. We suggest using a malware scanner for this task, and you need to make sure that you employ a reliable and legitimate scanner.

If you identify Search.searchhdrp.com as a trustworthy search tool, you probably do not know that it can modify your search results or spy on you and share data with unknown parties. It has been established already that this hijacker shows sponsored links/advertisements, and we found that this is not the only way for third parties to interfere. According to the Privacy Policy document, third parties – who are undisclosed – have the privilege to access information about you, and this information might include personally identifiable data. On top of that, these third parties are allowed to employ their own cookies and similar data-tracking technologies to spy on you. Search.searchhdrp.com is unreliable, but the third parties associated with this hijacker could be even more unreliable and malicious.

The guide below shows how to remove HD Radio Player from your operating system (for IE users) and your browsers. If you get rid of this extension, the hijacker will be automatically eliminated as well. If other threats are active, deleting Search.searchhdrp.com and the extensions associated with it is not what we recommend. Instead, implement a legitimate anti-malware tool to have your operating system cleared of all threats at the same time. We also recommend keeping this tool installed to have your operating system protected at all times. You should install this software even if you successfully clean your PC manually.

Search.searchhdrp.com Removal

Windows XP:

  1. Click the Start icon on the Taskbar and open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Add or Remove Programs icon.
  3. Select the undesirable program and select the Remove option.

Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. Click the Windows/Start menu icon on the Taskbar.
  2. Open the Control Panel menu and go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the undesirable application and click the Uninstall button.

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10:

  1. Launch RUN (simultaneously tap Win+R) and enter Control Panel.
  2. Move to the Programs menu and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the undesirable program, right-click it, and choose Uninstall.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch the browser and tap Alt+T (opens the Tools menu).
  2. Select Add-ons and move to the Extensions menu.
  3. Identify the unwanted add-on and click the Remove button next to it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch the browser and tap Alt+F (opens menu on the right).
  2. Choose More tools, then Extensions, and find the unwanted add-on.
  3. Click the recycle bin icon and choose Remove.
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