What is Browser Hijacker? How To Remove Browser Hijacker
Browser hijacker aka Hijackware infiltrates your PC and affects your default web browser. Further, this is a malware which alters default browser settings without users’ consent. So, this malware causes browser to misbehave and act unexpectedly. Additionally, it redirects to unsafe websites like porn sites and add bookmarks to malicious sites. Further, it constantly displays pornographic pop-ups and irritating promotional ads on screen.
Moreover, the malware brings many unwanted changes to your default browser. So, it changes default homepage, search engine, and appends new tools to your browser. Also, some browser hijackers are able to fetch many more severe malwares to the victims’ PC. Therefore, the browser hijacker may further infect your PC with spyware, virus, worm etc. Additionally, such malware not only damage your PC but they are also capable to steal sensitive data.
Once, the browser hijacker enters your PC it redirects you to malicious sites. Even you have no intention to visiting such sites. Mostly, such infection occurs when users ignore the terms and conditions of freeware. Well, when you install a freeware, you should inspect every component of the program. For this you can choose custom or advance installation option when installing the program. Hence, this way you can inspect components of the freeware and disable any third-party component.
How does Browser Hijacker affect your PC?
As its name suggests ‘browser hijacker’, it’s a malware that hijacks your web browser. So, it means this malware takes over the control of your default internet browser. Thus, after this malware infection your browser begins to behave differently. Further, it replaces important settings of your web browser such as alters homepage, search engine. Also, it regularly redirects to a specific webpage for generating revenue.
Moreover, apart from causing specific modifications in your web browser, it may drop other malwares on infected PC. Also, it may provide backdoor access to your PC and breaches your privacy. After its infection, you may unknowingly reveal your personal information to a third party. This is because, it may collect your personally identifiable information like credit card details, ids, passwords, bank details and then transfer it a third party covertly. Also, it severely affects the performance of your system.
How does this malware spread?
Though, this malware uses many deceptive methods to reach to your PC. Well, mostly this malware enters your PC during installation of a freeware program. This is because developers bundle many unknown tools with such freeware and then distribute the package online. Further, many sites that enable you to download free software offer such freeware. Well, most of the time users install the third-party tool that come with freeware unknowingly.
Moreover, some web contents that include pop-up, ads, banners, links etc. also fetch malwares on users’ computer. This happens because most of such contents might be infected from malwares. Similarly, an unsafe domain especially porn sites also cause infection from such malware.
Examples of Browser Hijackers
There are a vast range of browser hijackers on internet, and below are some examples:
Babylon Toolbar: This Browser Hijacker malware causes constant browser redirections after infection and loads isearch.babylon.com page every time in browser. Further, it also displays various ads, banners, links and other promotional contents on victims’ computer screen.
Conduit Search: This browser hijacker is notorious for stealing confidential information of the victim. Further, after collecting lots of data it sends the information to a third party without users’ consent. Also, it installs a program “conduit search engine” which covertly collect information and breach your privacy. Further, it’s very stubborn malware and If you remove it this malware appear again.
Onewebsearch: An irritating browser hijacker which redirects to onewebsearch.com domain. Also, continuously and every time users try to surf on internet. Further, it also makes browser changes and adds new browser add-ons, extensions.
SourceForge installer: Alters default settings of your Firefox, Google chrome, Internet Explorer, browser and causes continuous redirections.