What is PureRadio (Pure Radio, The PureRadio Virus)?
PureRadio (PureRadio 3.0) is freeware (commercialware) distributed on a variety of websites, developed by inKline Global Inc in 2007 that bundles with third party malware, including adware and spyware platforms and is often referred to as the PureRadio virus, though the software shares methods closer to the definition of malware.
PureRadio utilizes browser hijackers to disrupt existing internet browser settings, in turn causing infected internet browsers to start up on and redirect to unwanted websites, including an unethical search engine called Search Iminent, that is closely associated with in-text adware platforms.
PureRadio is used as an internet radio computer application with interface (internet radio player), that allows it’s users to “tune in to thousands of stations worldwide” as long as they have 10mb of free disk space. The downside is that alike freeware and the distribution of freeware, the software is compromised in order to create a revenue stream via third party affiliate programs.
Is PureRadio safe to use, download?
PureRadio internet radio is not safe to download. As stated above, PureRadio bundles with third party malware that can negatively affect a computer system’s functionality as well as cause issues concerning privacy invading spyware capable of collecting internet browsing data and furthermore spreading separate third party malware to an already infected computer system.
PureRadio has also been reported to install without consent, often with the voluntary installments of freeware, shareware, and torrents such as add-ons, extensions, browser helper objects, plug-ins, and Toolbars allegedly used to enhance the overall browsing experience.
How to Remove PureRadio and Associated Third Party Malware
The instructions below detail how to remove and uninstall PureRadio and any third party programs that have infected your computer alongside PureRadio.
To ensure malware is completely removed it is recommended to run a Full Scan using a reputable Antivirus or Anti-Malware program, such as the Malwarebytes free or full program.
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How to Uninstall PureRadio (Uninstall PureRadio 3.0)
1. Access Windows Control Panel (Start Menu > Control Panel) and navigate to Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program (depending on Windows OS).
2. Search for PureRadio 3.0, PureRadio, and suspicious Third-Party software in the list of installed programs and double click the software to uninstall it (or highlight it and click the Uninstall button/or right click and select Uninstall).
How to Remove Browser Attachments (Add-ons, Extensions, Toolbars)
When a browser attachment is present, a program is often installed alongside the add-on, extension, plugin, or toolbar. Sometimes the program must be uninstalled (steps above) before properly being removed from the browser.
Keep in mind, the browser attachment is not likely called PureRadio or PureRadio 3.0, but will represent a third party program such as FBPhotoZoom.
1. Click on the customize and control icon (wrench, 3 bars) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for any suspicious extensions and remove them by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.
1. Click Tools and select Add-ons. (Ctrl+Shift+A)
2. On the Extensions and Plugin tabs search for any suspicious add-ons and remove them.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tabs search for any suspicious extensions and remove them.
How to Stop Unwanted Redirections (Home Page, Search Engine Repair)
Once malware has been detected and removed, if your browser is starting up on or redirecting to unwanted websites please refer to a previous article “How to stop unwanted redirections”