Browser hijacking means that a malicious code has taken over and modified the settings of your web browser, without your permission. There are several ways a browser hijacker can reach a computer. It may come through an infected or misleading e-mail, file share or a drive-by download. Rogue security software developers are also known for browser hijacking, usually pretending that your system is infected and redirecting to their download page.
Avoiding browser hijacking is not complicated. If you remain aware and take a few simple preventative measures, you can avoid this type of attack on your web browser and your computer.
Update your security applications
Keep your anti-virus software updated. Although this seems like common sense, you would be surprised how many people have an anti-virus program installed but fail to update it on a regular basis. Also, make sure your anti-virus program is set to make periodic scans and check for updates on a regular basis.
Use the UPCleaner optimizer software
The free PC optimizer software is a good and reliable security program which provide protection against a variety of browser hijackers for free.
A web browser that isn’t up-to-date often contain vulnerabilities, it is vulnerable to browser hijacker. If a browser hijacking is suspected, you should close the browser immediately and scan the computer immediately to identify the problem. Computer optimizer can find out the vulnerabilities web browsers contain and fix them.
Use Internet Explorer Security Settings
There is a variety of Internet Explorer security settings preinstalled on your web browser. Most of the time these are set to a default setting that does not provide the highest security protection. Reset the security settings to block automatic pop-ups and other activity that can install malicious program in your web browser.
Use a different browser
Internet Explorer is one of the most popular browsers which is why hijackers target it the most. Try using a different browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
Browse the internet with caution
Always be on the lookout for suspicious activity on the Internet. If something does not feel or look right, don’t click. Also make a habit of only surfing the websites you trust the most.
Don’t panic if you have been the victim of browser hijacking, the above measures could be helpful for your web browsing security. Some browser hijackers are easily removed by uninstalling the software they came with, or by looking them up in the list of installed programs in your Control Panel, and using the Remove command in order to uninstall them. You should install a security software that can protect your machine from browser hijacking like the system cleaner. Last, avoid opening any links that you may see on web pages, instant messengers and emails unless the source can be trusted.