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What is RadioSearches?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that RadioSearches is a search hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice.

How do I know if my computer is affected by RadioSearches?

You may see this entry in your list of installed Chrome extensions:


and this changed setting:


You may have noticed these warnings during install:




How did RadioSearches get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from the webstore:


after a redirect from their website:


How do I remove RadioSearches?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes for Windows to your desktop.
  • Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  • Click on the Get started button.
  • Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  • When the scan is finished click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  • Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of RadioSearches?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes RadioSearches completely.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below Malwarebytes Browser Guard, and the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the RadioSearches hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.






Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:


CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.radio-searches.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=radiosearches&barcodeid=577030000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> RadioSearches
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.radio-searches.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (RadioSearches) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle [2020-08-14]

Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 2102 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="7/13/2020 2:39 PM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="7/13/2020 2:39 PM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 7343 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 535 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 3428 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="7/13/2020 2:39 PM, 514595 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="7/13/2020 2:39 PM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle
       Adds the file 000003.log"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle
       Adds the file RadioSearches.ico"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 190227 bytes, A
       Adds the file RadioSearches.ico.md5"="8/14/2020 8:47 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle"="REG_SZ", "BF76026F4453D9243CD2769B19B373D5675C66A62F0D7F51E55D4337B0E34C80"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 8/14/20
Scan Time: 8:59 AM
Log File: b67f1df0-ddfb-11ea-ad5c-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1003
Update Package Version: 1.0.28451
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 231097
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 6 min, 38 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 1
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle, Quarantined, 15185, 799722, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle, Quarantined, 15185, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\BJHHEEOCFNAIDHHKNGIIFMAJJJAJDCLE, Quarantined, 15185, 799722, 1.0.28451, , ame, , , 

File: 8
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15185, 799722, , , , , D7B6975BA09005E765A2CEF6A4AD6896, 52333874B8E3F5A2E409ABAB2B8A06FFB2339E518B6C9EAC6D190DDB4BC83B8D
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15185, 799722, , , , , BA35534633695EF5E9F4EEDDD2A7BBC4, FDE5C2E249E00C70C864944D8E525B735A80DBC5A62160C4838DCA3531C6B195
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle\000003.log, Quarantined, 15185, 799722, , , , , AE086217813F22AD3017DFCAD311E644, B3B7FEB18A7E4345D5906495DB3C90E1BA5D305213B01DE814A84DD5D0B4CE85
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15185, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle\LOCK, Quarantined, 15185, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle\LOG, Quarantined, 15185, 799722, , , , , 4062389F339C8A5C2DB907477882DEE3, 02A75C2089C373D082F86880CCA6FC2D1EAAD4A5F6EED6753A74D63E10B8A28F
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjhheeocfnaidhhkngiifmajjjajdcle\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15185, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\BJHHEEOCFNAIDHHKNGIIFMAJJJAJDCLE\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15185, 799722, 1.0.28451, , ame, , A9DF8F3F5B2B5A91E7DCF436DDE738C6, AAC3A7FF03AF2BF7019F6BE4B1FEB6B23ABF827CC793EF351F82B743B4C9CA31

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):

  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention

Save yourself the hassle and get protected.

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