Do you listen to your favorite radio station online when you work? Maybe you employ browser extensions to do that? AllRadioSearch could look like one of the extensions or radio apps that you regularly use, but we would like to point out that this app is a potentially unwanted program. It means that the application could exhibit certain features or behavioral patterns that can be deemed to be undesirable. If you don’t want to have this app on-board, be sure to use the removal instructions at the bottom of this entry to remove AllRadioSearch for good.
This extension that is compatible with the Chrome browser happens to come from the same group of Chrome extensions as NewVideoSEarch, SearchTheConverter, OpenSub Search, and many other apps that have been released over the last month. Although they all seem to come with a different purpose in mind, it is safe to say that they are practically identical. It’s just the name and the domain that are different. But even if we were to check the description for every single extension in this group, we would see that it’s mostly a copy & paste from one page to another.
For instance, more information about AllRadioSearch can be found at the Chrome Web Store, where the extension has its own page. The apps from this group have the “This is a single purpose extension” line in their description. Lo and behold, the same line is present in the introduction for AllRadioSearch. It also says that this extension “changes your Chrome’s Default Search. Optimized search powered by Yahoo.” So, it is clear that the application informs users about the oncoming changes, but if users add AllRadioSearch to their browser through third-party sources, they might not be aware of what they’re signing up for.
However, when you add AllRadioSearch to your browser, you also agree to the following:
The shortlist above is a list of permissions you grant this application when you allow it to enter your system. As you can see, it is only with your authorization that AllRadioSearch modifies your default search engine. Also, the app can read your browsing history, which allows the app to generate your online profile.
Of course, AllRadioSearch isn’t a Trojan infection or a keylogger that could log sensitive information. This extension only employs tracking cookies to record the websites you visit, and the search keywords you use the most often. With that, it can generate custom commercial content that it can promote through its search engine. And the truth is that it’s not even its own search engine. If you were to run a search query through feed.allradiosearch.com, you would see you get redirected to Yahoo! Search.
Now, please note that Yahoo! Search has nothing to do with AllRadioSearch, and all the extensions in the family simply make use of this search engine to provide their clients with search results. However, the search results that are filtered through feed.allradiosearch.com are modified. This is where the browsing history log comes in.
AllRadioSearch modifies search results based on your likes and preferences, and you may be exposed to potentially harmful third-party links. Of course, the extension doesn’t try to infect you with malware or anything like that, but it could still be exploited by unreliable third parties. What’s more, AllRadioSearch doesn’t review the content it promotes, so it’s a great security loophole that can be easily used by cybercriminals.
All in all, it’s easy to remove AllRadioSearch from your browser, so there’s no need to worry about it. While you can delete the app via the Extensions menu, it would be more efficient to simply reset your browser to default.
After manual removal, we also recommend scanning your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner. Potentially unwanted programs and browser extensions tend to reach their targets in groups. Therefore, it wouldn’t be surprising if you had more undesirable programs running. If you cannot find them on your own, trust an antispyware scanner to detect them for you. You can also remove them all automatically with the security tool of your choice instead of uninstalling them one by one via the Control Panel.
How to Delete AllRadioSearch