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Danger level 5
Type: Browser Hijackers

Quick Radio Search

Do you use your browser to listen to the radio? Maybe you’re fond of multiple online radio apps and extensions that make the task easier? If so, you might think that Quick Radio Search is just another radio application, but our research team says that this app is a potentially unwanted program. It means that it’s not a good idea to keep the extension on your browser as it may be associated with unreliable third parties, and it could inadvertently expose you to potentially harmful content. To remove Quick Radio Search, please scroll down to the bottom of this description for the manual removal instructions.

We always emphasize that potentially unwanted programs are not malware infections. It means that they don’t indulge in annoying stealth tactics to trick users into installing them. It’s far more likely that users add Quick Radio Search and other similar apps to their browsers because they are too distracted.

What does it mean? It means that you can easily avoid Quick Radio Search and other potentially unwanted programs if you are careful about the websites you visit, pop-ups you click, and the programs you install. For example, Quick Radio Search could easily come bundled with freeware. If you download files and programs from file-sharing websites and other third-party sources, you might have a third-party installer that carries several programs at the same time. When you launch the installer, it could offer you adding more than one application, even if you don’t need them. If you go through the installation blindly, you might end up with many other unwanted applications on-board, not just Quick Radio Search.

So, what’s up with Quick Radio Search? Well, as our research suggests, this extension comes from the Mindspark Toolbars family. Mindspark Toolbars is a huge group of potentially unwanted programs. Several years ago, they used to be categorized as browser hijackers because of their pervasive nature. However, they ALWAYS inform users about the oncoming changes, so it is hard to claim that they hijack browsers when users agree to the modifications (even if they are not aware of that).

If you are reading this entry, we can only assume that you didn’t get Quick Radio Search from The extension can also be found at the Chrome Web Store, but it’s very unlikely that you’ve gotten it from there either. As mentioned, Quick Radio Search must have come via third-party sources, and you just didn’t notice how the app was added.

But once you add this app to your browser, it installs a tool that changes your default search engine settings and the new tab settings. It also looks like Quick Radio Search provides you with an original search engine, but if you were to carry out a web search, you would see that eventually you would get redirected to a modified Yahoo! Search page. Please don’t think that Yahoo! has anything to do with Quick Radio Search. It’s just that reputable search engines often get used by PUPs in such cases.

While Quick Radio Search might look like a tool that can help you find various radio stations online, you have to remember that the extension also monitors your web browsing history and probably collects personally non-identifiable information for marketing purposes. It’s not anything illegal, but such apps cannot control who or how makes use of the collected data once it goes out of their hands. What’s more, if Quick Radio Search promotes third-party content and you click an outgoing link, the app also cannot be held responsible for whatever happens when you land on a third-party page.

Hence, you have to think carefully when you add the likes of Quick Radio Search to your browser. If, as we suspect, this application was added to your computer accidentally, you can remove it by resetting your browser’s settings to default.

For some, it might sound like a drastic option, but let’s not forget that there might be a lot of tracking cookies saved as well, and by resetting your browser, you would get rid of all the monitoring traces. Finally, after manual removal is complete, scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner. If more unwanted programs are still running, you can easily terminate them all automatically.

How to Remove Quick Radio Search

  1. Launch the Chrome browser.
  2. Press Alt+F and select Settings.
  3. Click Advanced at the bottom of the page.
  4. Scroll down and click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Press Reset settings to confirm.
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