- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
If you download a browser extension from easyradioaccess.com, you might find the suspicious search provider, Search.easyradioaccess.com. This search tool can replace the homepage and new tab on all popular web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer) that the extension is compatible with as well. Although there is a possibility that this search tool could be introduced to users on its own, most users will download it along with the extension. This extension is known as “Easy Radio Access” or “Easy Radio Access by SaferBrowser,” and it comes from the family of add-ons that seem to be followed by identical search tools. In fact, this extension is identical to another extension called “My Radio XP,” and the search tool it is associated with (Search.myradioxp.com) is also identical to the one we are discussing in this report. Are you surprised that we recommend removing Search.easyradioaccess.com, as well as its clones? If you are, you should read this report right away.
Search.easyradioaccess.com provides you with quick-access links to Soundcloud, Spotify, Pandora, and iHeart, which are some of the most popular music streaming and Internet radio services. Although Search.searchlttrn.com, Search.yourpackagesnow.com, and Search.yourmapscenter.com promote links to different websites, all of these search providers – along with hundreds of others – are identical. As mentioned already, many users acquire these hijackers packaged with the extensions they are associated with. Although many of these extensions have official download pages and are available from the Chrome web store, it appears that illegal distribution could come into play as well. Our researchers have found that Search.easyradioaccess.com with its extension could be downloaded without your permission and could be spread by malicious pop-ups ads, potentially introduced to you by TermTrident and SwiftSearch. Are these ad-supported programs active on your operating system? If they are, you need to remove them instantaneously. Additionally, it is smart to scan your entire computer to see which other infections and unreliable programs could be active.
As you might have found out already, Search.easyradioaccess.com redirects all search queries to the Yahoo search engine. This search engine is exploited for its good name, but the results shown to you might be untrustworthy. Sure, some of the links will be harmless, and they will represent the information you are looking for. However, some of these links might be unrelated to your search queries, or they might represent unreliable content. The developer of Search.easyradioaccess.com earns money by promoting third-party content, and the search results are used to expose you to this content. Some of the ads promoted might be very attractive as they could be selected according to your interests. The search tool employs tracking cookies to learn more about you and your preferences. Also, this helps to select more relevant offers. Unfortunately, whether these offers are truly useful or simply misleading is difficult to say. Of course, if you do not want to be at risk of encountering potentially misleading links, and the idea of unknown parties spying on you is scary, you should delete the unreliable software right now.
Although Search.easyradioaccess.com is not a critically dangerous threat, it is not a trustworthy search provider either. It can spy on you using silent data-tracking technologies, and even though this could be used to provide you with more relevant offers, there is a risk that malicious advertisers will use this data to scam you. On top of that, you have not downloaded this search tool to see ads, have you? Finally, you cannot forget that this search tool can redirect you, and this is not part of the deal either. Even if you are familiar with the search engine you are redirected to, just the fact that redirecting is happening without your permission is enough to consider the tool unreliable. The guide below shows how to replace the unwanted homepage settings and delete the extension from the infected browsers. Note that if you are using Internet Explorer, you might need to uninstall the unwanted program.