How to Get Rid of a Browser Hijacker

by Contributor

A browser hijacker is a form of malware or spyware that replaces your existing Internet browser home page with its own. Like hijacking a car, the hidden code that runs behind the scenes of your computer forces your Web browser to be redirected to a particular website. It isn't just designed to create annoyance; browser hijacking has become a way for people to force hits to a particular website to increase advertisement profit.

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Install and update anti-virus software regularly to prevent your computer's Web browser from being hijacked.

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Keep your computer up-to-date with the latest service packs and patches. A good place to start is windowsupdate.Microsoft.com for Windows users and apple.com/downloads for Mac users.

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Already being hijacked? From your browser's "Tools" menu, select "Internet Options" and reset your home page by manually typing in the Web address of your desired home page.

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Scan your hard drive for malware, using an anti-spyware application like Lavasoft's AdAware (lavasoft.com), SpywareBlaster (javacoolsoftware.com) or Spybot (safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html).

Warning

  • close Anti-virus programs are designed to fix your computer. But beware of some downloads that may be from unsafe sources.

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