Unusual Homepage Appearing On Your Computer? That Is Browser Hijacking
Browser Hijacking: How It Works
(with videos on how to remove it below) Many people have Google as their homepage on their computer. What's yours? Beware of the newest scam, making your preferred homepage disappearing. How does it work?
Let's say you are on your computer and are about to open a new browser page – may be your favourite news site. Once you open the new tab (on Chrome, Firefox or Explorer), the default homepage is not the one you're used to anymore!
Now you see some weird search engine you've never seen before. It might even show that it's "powered by" Bing or Google. What just happened is called browser hijacking. If that happened to you, we'd show you how to remove it below.
This scam occurs when your Internet browser settings are modified, which might not only change your default homepage but also generate an ocean of pop-up advertisements when you navigate the Internet. On the other hand, the hijacking can change your home page to a malicious website, slow your experience of surfing the net, crash your browser, or install spyware. All the bads you can have.
The browser hijacking is done through a software called hijackware, which could be installed on your computer in a few ways: download something from a file-sharing site, come as a part of freeware, visit an infected website (called drive-by download), or opening an attachment in an email.
Scammers make a lot of money with the hijacked browsers, as they redirect users to pages with millions of advertisements, which pay per impressions or clicks. On the other hand, some of these malicious programs record your browsing habits and puts them in a database that is sold later to third parties for marketing purposes.
Some of the most notorious hijacked browsers are Search.Conduit (see above) and CoolWebSearch.
Browser Hijacking: How To Avoid
There are a few ways to avoid this. First of all, before every time you want to install software, read the End User License Agreement (EULA) documents. Chances are, mentions of browser hijackware are hidden in there. If you don't read it and click 'Accept'… then you accept the user agreements, you are accepting malware. Try always to keep your browser software up-to-date, as well as use comprehensive security software.
If it's too late and you already installed the hijacked browser, watch the videos below to see how you can uninstall them and clean your computer.
Browser Hijacking: How To Report
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