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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Radiotabsearch.com is a potentially harmful Google Chrome browser extension that may or may not appear on your computer without your knowledge. As a matter of fact, we have classified this application as a browser hijacker because it is capable of changing certain browser settings. Although there are official sources for users to install this tool from, it is still more likely that it infiltrates your system via freeware bundles. This latter distribution method however implies that there may be other malware infections on board, too. Since this browser hijacker may introduce you to potentially unreliable web content, you should make sure that you do not use it. In fact, the best for you would be to remove Radiotabsearch.com before you engage with any content it shows you. If you want to find out more details about this browser hijacker, please read on.

If you want to listen to “hundreds of radio stations, from every genre,” it is possible that you will go on a web hunt to find a proper browser extension or you may as well settle for the first one offered by a search engine. In any case, you might find yourself on lp.myradiotab.com, the official webpage of this browser extension; although, there is little chance. Apart from this very simple webpage, you can also install this tool via the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/radio/kpjgjcgcmgdeflafndabngijgjiefcpn. As the statistics on this page show, only a little over 130 people have found and installed it so far, which obviously cannot be called too efficient. There is indeed a third option, namely to download this extension through the publisher’s (Upside Innovations, Inc.) website nupside.com. But, in fact, our research shows that these are not the only channels for this browser hijacker to be spread through.

We have found that this extension can also be bundled together with other malware infections, such as adware programs, fake alerts, other browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs. It is possible that you downloaded such a bundle by clicking on the wrong third-party advertisement. It can happen when your system is infected with adware or other infections that are capable of displaying ads. But you may also be presented with such ads when you visit suspicious websites filled with third-party content. And it is quite easy to land on such sites if you run a web search for a free tool. However, if are viewing a page that is unfamiliar to you, there is a good chance that you end up clicking on content that is not what it seems, i.e., a third-party ad looking like a system notification or an urgent-looking software update. If you may have dropped a bundle of threats onto your computer, we advise you to be very cautious and act ASAP. You should delete Radiotabsearch.com first and then, scan your system with a proper malware scanner to find all possibly harmful applications that may endanger your virtual security.

At first sight, this browser hijacker looks totally innocent and legitimate. Although Radiotabsearch.com does offer a button that is linked to an online site, radiotuna.com as well as several quick-link thumbnails to popular website, including Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube, this tool is clearly about promoting third parties through its search engine. And, this is why we suggest that you never use it for web search. This hijacker redirects all your searches to a modified Yahoo search results page. This is an often used technique actually that browser hijackers apply, i.e., redirecting queries to a reputable search engine, such as Yahoo, Google, and Bing. Although you find yourself on a trustworthy results page, these results could contain unreliable third-party content (links and advertisements). The major issue with such content is that links and ads may come from and promote unreviewed third parties. Engaging with unreliable content can be quite dangerous because you may end up on malicious websites where you could be scammed and fooled into revealing your personal and banking details. If you do not want to infect your system with more threats or lose money from your accounts, you should not hesitate to end this threat and remove Radiotabsearch.com from your browser.

We cannot claim, of course, that this is a major hit on your system, but you can never know where you might land by using this browser extension or what kind of content you might be exposed to. Therefore, we advise you to remove this extension, which is indeed called “Radio” in your Google Chrome browser. If you have never done this before, you may find our instructions below quite useful. If you do not want to manually eliminate all possible threats from your system, you may want to consider downloading and installing a trustworthy anti-malware program. Of course, you can try to protect your computer by being a more cautious web surfer who does not click on random third-party ads or opens potentially harmful spam e-mails. It is up to you how you want to safeguard your virtual reality and your data. Finally, you should remember to keep all your drivers and programs updated if you do not want to be the victim of old bugs and security holes of outdated programs.

How to remove Radiotabsearch.com from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Tap Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Select Extensions in the left panel.
  3. Locate the “Radio” extension and click on the trash can icon on its right.
  4. Press Remove.
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