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


When Home.radiostreambutler.com appears in your address bar in your Google Chrome browser, you may think that it is actually the Google search engine with a toolbar as it resembles this reputable search engine a lot. This is not a new browser extension for Chrome, as a matter of fact, but it still seems to spread and we have labeled it as a browser hijacker because it can change your browser settings. This is why it can show up as your new homepage, new tab as well as your default search engine. Although this tool wants you to believe that it is "the best help for searching and watching online streams that match your interests," we have found that it can present to you modified search results pages that could expose you to questionable third-party content. This, unfortunately, may pose a threat to your virtual security; therefore, we do not advise you to use this tool at all. In fact, we recommend that you remove Home.radiostreambutler.com from your browser before you let more infections on board or become a victim of online scams. The problem is that it is already possible that there are a couple of more malware infections and potentially unwanted programs on your system. To find out more, please continue reading our article

This questionable browser extension is promoted on its own official page, radiostreambutler.com, where you cannot really find any information about it as the major "attraction" is the "Add to Chrome" button, which redirects you to the Chrome web store page, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/radio-stream-butler/hnppabjnlnodiphmldfijjkdcdaeieoo. What stands out right away for the trained eye is that there have only been 5 thousand users who have installed this tool so far. This number would not be suspicious if it covers a few days or even a few first weeks after the launch. However, this extension was last updated more than a year ago, and that is what we call an unsuccessful product. Nevertheless, somehow this browser hijacker caught our attention, which can only mean that it is still spreading and causing potential system security issues.

The real bad news is that this hijacker can also be found spread via freeware bundles, which obviously can cause more headaches for you. Such a bundle may pack a couple of potentially unwanted applications and malicious software installers as well, including browser hijackers, adware programs, Trojans, and ransomware programs. You can easily end up with such a package if you choose to download free files from shady torrent or freeware pages. You should always stick with official and reputable pages, which you can always check by running a web search before even visiting a website. But you also need to avoid suspicious pages that promote a conspicuous number of third-party ads, such as banners and pop-ups. What is more, such pages may also contain malicious code that can trigger new tabs and load them with malicious content or drop infections directly onto your system. It is also important that you make sure that there is no malware like adware on your PC because such an infection can also flood your screen with unreliable third-party ads whenever you go online. All in all, it is important that after you delete Home.radiostreambutler.com from your browser, you also scan your system with a proper malware scanner to see how badly your PC is infected.

When you first see this search page in your browser, it welcomes you with a pop-up, which is rather annoying for starters. This featured search page offers you a toolbar that has a search tool and a drop-down menu called "Radio." If you click this button, a number of music and radio show categories appear in a drop-down list, including country, hip hop, pop, rock, and talk. If you choose any of these, you get redirected to the respective page on "today.radiostreambutler.com/radios/genre" where you can listen to all kinds of streaming stations once you have this tool installed. The real issue with this browser hijacker is its search engine since you cannot really trust it. Here is what the Privacy Policy says:

We may collect information that can personally identify you, such as your name and email address, as well as other information that does not personally identify you. Collected data may be used, supplemented, and shared with other parties for business, commercial or marketing purposes, such as providing the Extension or Website features; improving or maintaining the Extension and the Website; displaying relevant or advertising-supported content to Extension or Website users[...]

This clearly means that this browser extension may present to you potentially unreliable third-party advertisements as well as customized content based on information it may collect about you. This search engine redirects your queries to a modified Yahoo search results page where you can be exposed to questionable promoted content as well in the form of third-party ads and sponsored links. Engaging with such contents could be risky and you could infect your computer with malware or end up scammed by cyber criminals on a fake page where you could be taken after a single click. This is why we advise you to remove Home.radiostreambutler.com as soon as possible.

If you are ready to act, all you need to do is remove this undesirable extension and that should take care of all the problems this browser hijacker may cause. We have included the necessary instructions below this article, which can be executed by even inexperienced users with ease. As you can see, it is important to protect your PC more effectively if you want to feel secure in your virtual reality. Thus, we recommend that you employ a reliable malware removal application, such as SpyHunter.

How to remove Home.radiostreambutler.com from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F to open the menu.
  2. Go to More tools and then, choose Extensions.
  3. Locate the undesirable extension and then, click on the Trash can icon.
  4. In the pop-up, press Remove.
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