Browser Hijacker

June 10, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Browser Hijacker

Nowadays, it is really sad to hear the word hijack or terror so frequently. It is almost inevitable we hear about cars or aeroplanes being hijacked. Sometimes, landmark buildings, educational institutions or even popular places are terrorised. But, how often do you see on daily news or hear someone saying “my browser has been hijacked?” Probably just now that it has been mentioned or more likely, never. It is due to the fact that you may not know that your browser has been hijacked. So, what is browser hijacking?

Let us understand some basics about “browser hijacking” and what preventive measures we can take to stop such unwanted attacks.

The most accepted description for browser hijacker or hijacking is a malicious software which changes your internet browser settings. Browser hijacking is one of the internet’s constant dangers. It arrives in the form of sometimes an obscene pop-up window after you have mistyped a website address and takes over your browser completely. Every internet user will be subjected to this practice in some form. Generally your home page will be changed and new favourites will be added that leads to unwanted sites. The hijacker will have made changes to your web URL causing it to go back to the unwanted destination even if you have altered manually.

A browser hijacker can also disallow access to certain web pages and is known to disable anti-virus or anti-spyware software. Many browser hijackers take advantage of certain web browser’s security holes and install themselves via pop-up once you accidentally clicked “yes”. Worse still, it can be launched from a pop-up ad which the user didn’t even intended to view.

To prevent and fix browser hijacking a few options are listed below:

1. Try and reset your homepage. If you have noticed new favourites added in your list, delete the unwanted items.

2. Use anti-virus programs regularly.

3. Scanning your computer weekly for spyware and viruses is also a good idea.

4. Try an alternate browser.

5. Keep your PC up to date with the latest service packs and patches.

Above all, please use common sense. Always double check any pop-up message before you allow it to download.

Finally, if you think your PC, laptop, tablet or any other electronic device is not working properly, feel free to consult us at McDonalds-IT and we will try and fix it.


Written by Prashant Panchal


Category: Security


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