Cannot use your browser normally as it keeps redirecting you to Search.centralhubradio.com or other unwanted websites? What’s wrong with it? Is it harmful? How to stop the popup ads and end browser redirect? By following the manual guide below, you will find an effective way to delete this redirect virus completely.
Search.centralhubradio.com is identified as an unwanted program and belonged to the browser hijacker family. It is commonly bundled with other free programs that you download off of the Internet. As some free downloads do not adequately disclose that other software will also be installed, browser hijacker has been installed on many computers without users’ knowledge.
It is able to hijack your browser, such as Internet Explorer, Google chrome, or Firefox, to its domain. This browser hijacker virus displays a flood of ads and forces you to visit websites that you never intend to visit. It installs browser extension to change browser and even system settings to monitor your online activities and collect valuable information. We suggest you remove Search.centralhubradio.com hijacker virus soon after you see it on your computer.
From its appearance, this domain looks like a search engine, but it does not work like Google or Yahoo. It has been created to help its developer make money instead of providing you useful information. After it is installed, it changes your homepage and makes Search.centralhubradio.com as your default search engine. When you use key word to search for information, it does not give you good search results. The search results consist of a ton of ads, links to undesired and ad websites that have nothing to with your key word. Only the remaining part is search results for your query from the major search providers. This browser hijacker makes you suffer the inability to properly search the Internet which is very upsetting and affects your work.
After you connect your computer to the Network, Search.centralhubradio.com browser hijacker virus delivers endless ads. Some ads may conceal the background of legitimate websites. Some pictures and words may be turned into hyperlinks. Those ads and search results take you to its affiliated websites. No matter you click on ads accidentally or click on fake search results, its developers generate revenue. This scheme is called “pay-per-click.” Though some ads do not damage your system like ransomware and Trojan, they make your system vulnerable to computer threat. They can redirect you to compromised websites to download viruses. According to real research, most users had been attacked by viruses after they have been redirected to unknown websites by clicking on a popup. More aggressive viruses will be installed to access your precious information.
Moreover, the Search.centralhubradio.com browser hijacker can collect personal information. It is able to install browser helper object to perform the redirects and track your searches or to generate revenue from advertising. This malicious virus installs extensions to allow extension developer track your searches and IP address. Your browsing histories, social media accounts and sensitive data can be sold to the third parties in the future. That creates the risk of theft of personal information.
Besides, Search.centralhubradio.com browser hijacker virus is able to modify Windows shortcuts without your knowledge and automatically load a particular web site when you start them. This could cause web sites to launch in programs that normally would not browse the web such as Microsoft Word. Your computer will run slower and slower as many programs run in the background. Some of them may cause system crash and data loss. You need to get rid of this nasty virus as soon as possible.
You can notice several differences after your system is compromised. Firstly, your startup page, new tab, and search engine are set to www.searchfortplus.com without your consent. Usually, the virus makes it very difficult to change them back. That allows the malicious app to stop users from navigating to certain websites, such as preferred homepage and anti-virus sites. Secondly, unknown ads pop up on your screen now and then. The virus is able to disable ad blocker and show you ads. Some of them are normal ads while some of them are made to collect your information. Thirdly, you are redirected to unknown websites frequently when using search engine, browsing at online shop or watching videos. Sometimes, it takes you to normal ad sites to increase their traffic. Sometimes, you may get redirected to websites of questionable content, such as pornographic, gambling and fake software etc. That can cause malware infections and personal data leakage. Lastly, you can notice additional components added without your knowledge and permission. On browser, you may see toolbars, extensions and new bookmarks etc. Unknown shortcuts appear on the desktop while no option is provided to uninstall them. If you see things that we mentioned above, that means you get Search.centralhubradio.com browser hijacker virus.
How does Browser Hijacker Virus Access Your System?
1. Unsafe websites. The browser hijacker virus can enter your system if you frequently visit unsafe websites like porn websites or gaming websites. Besides, you should avoid clicking on misleading ads and random links pop up on social media.
2. Malicious software. Virus usually gets into your system along with installation of new software and media download. Therefore, do not download software, music, photo and more from unknown resources.
3. Spam Email. You may download attachments or click on malicious link in malicious email.
4. Torrent & P2P File Sharing. Torrent and files shared on P2P network have a high probability of being a carrier of browser hijacker infection.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of Redirect Vrius
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end Search.centralhubradio.com browser hijacker’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
*For Win 8 Users:
Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to Search.centralhubradio.com browser hijacker through Registry Editor
Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
Search.centralhubradio.com does no good to your computer or work. It injects lots of ads into the search results. You will have to spend much more time to get answer to your query. This browser hijacker modifies your settings and forces various reshuffles. Every time you go online, you face an avalanche of interference. You suffer redirects, and an avalanche of ads. That incessant intrusions lead to frequent system crashes. The virus also degrades your computer performance. You hardly can use it for work. The extended stay of the infection jeopardizes your security. Your personal and financial details are in risk. The virus and its developer threaten to steal them. Malicious applications can be installed to help criminals spy on you. Your personal data will be collected and send to third parties. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to lose your personal data or obtain malware. Therefore, get rid of it one you see it. As this virus has the capability to block your anti-virus program, you need to remove the virus manually. Locate Search.centralhubradio.com browser hijacker virus and remove them one by one to ensure that they will never come back.
Published by Andrew Gonzalez & last updated on March 30, 2018 7:48 am