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


You might have a say when it comes to the installation of Search.hfreeliveradio.co because this browser hijacker is represented by the “Free Live Radio” extension. This extension is officially represented at freeliveradio.co/Radio, and the installer is available for Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. Google Chrome users are offered the installer at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/free-live-radio/pacogkibldhicojmklpbapiilaleilbp via the same download page. According to the information linked to this Chrome web store installer, it has over 61,800 users, which is not a small number. While the official installer exists, it can be misleading, and users might acquire the hijacker without even meaning to. Of course, malicious installers and pop-up ads could be used for the distribution of this suspicious software as well, in which case, browsers could be hijacked without the user’s permission at all. In any case, whether or not you have let it in yourself, we advise removing Search.hfreeliveradio.co, and if you are curious to learn more, please continue reading.

Search.hfreeliveradio.co is completely identical to such browser hijackers as Search.searcheasyra.com, Search.easyradioaccess.com, and Search.myradioxp.com. The only thing that is different about these threats is that they are associated with different extensions. These extensions are represented in a questionable manner because they are offered as these great, amazing tools, when, in reality, all they can do is expose users to the hijackers. Search.hfreeliveradio.co and its clones provider users will easy-access links to iheart.com, soundcloud.com, spotify.com, and pandora.com, which is expected from an add-on called “Free Live Radio;” however, the add-on is not beneficial as it simply adds links to sites that you can visit without it. Needless to say, if a tool is not beneficial, you should delete it without any hesitation. Well, if it is not that useful, why was it created at all? Our research team suggests that it was created for two specific reasons: To record information and to promote third-party services and offers. It appears that Search.hfreeliveradio.co can even record personally identifiable information, and since this information can be disclosed to unknown parties, we suggest deleting all data trackers ASAP.

When it comes to promoting third-party services, Search.hfreeliveradio.co employs the search function. Whether you accept it yourself or it is done without your permission, the “Free Live Radio” add-on always modifies homepage and New Tab page settings to represent Search.hfreeliveradio.co. Our research team has found that the hijacker might also take over the default search provider on Mozilla Firefox browsers. The interface of the hijacker – as we discussed already – includes some easy-access links to popular websites, but what we need to focus on is the search dialog box in the center. Entering keywords into it and then interacting with the content shown is dangerous because the hijacker can, first of all, redirect you to Yahoo Search (that is unauthorized, and, therefore, malicious) and also modify the results. By interacting with sponsored content you could let in more data trackers that could be even more intrusive, and you could get involved in virtual scams, which, we are sure, you want to avoid. If you take everything into consideration, you must understand why we recommend deleting Search.hfreeliveradio.co.

There is only one way to delete Search.hfreeliveradio.co from all browsers at once, and that is by employing anti-malware software that can automatically erase malicious components. This is a wonderful option if your operating system got infected with several other threats – which could happen if the hijacker comes bundled with them – and if you want to keep the operating system guarded in the future. Of course, you can remove Search.hfreeliveradio.co manually as well, but, in this case, you need to follow the instructions depending on the browser you use. Hopefully, the steps shown in the guides below are easy to follow. If not, you can always ask us questions via the comments form. Of course, if you decide to get rid of the hijacker manually, you have to make sure you scan your operating system to check for other potentially active infections. If they are found, you have to eliminate them as soon as possible. Refer to the removal guides that are available on our website.

Search.hfreeliveradio.co Removal

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Launch Explorer by tapping keys Win+E.
  2. Enter %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the bar at the top.
  3. Open the {unique profile name} folder and then the extensions folder.
  4. Delete the file named @Radio.xpi.
  5. Go back to the profile folder and then open the file named prefs.js.
  6. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL and then save the file.
  7. Now, open the jetpack folder.
  8. Delete the file named @Radio.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Launch RUN by tapping Win+R keys.
  2. Type regedit.exe and click OK to launch Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Open the value named Start Page.
  5. Overwrite the hijacker’s URL and then click OK.
  6. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\.
  7. Delete the key named {28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}.
  8. Launch Explorer by tapping keys Win+E.
  9. Enter %AppData% into the bar at the top.
  10. Delete the folder named {28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}.

Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Explorer by tapping keys Win+E.
  2. Enter %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ (or %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\ if you are on Windows XP) into the bar at the top.
  3. Open the {unique profile name) folder or the Default folder if profiles do not exist.
  4. Open the Extensions folder and then Delete the folder named pacogkibldhicojmklpbapiilaleilbp.
  5. Go back to the profile/Default folder and open the Sync Extension Settings folder.
  6. Delete the folder named pacogkibldhicojmklpbapiilaleilbp.
  7. Go back to the profile/Default folder and Delete the files named Preferences and Secure Preferences.
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