What Do You Need To Know To Prevent Infiltration Of A Browser Hijacker
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What Do You Need to Know to Prevent Infiltration Of A Browser Hijacker

Among numerous search engines that are released each day, it is not hard to encounter a browser hijacker. Without taking a closer look, such program might be mistaken for a reliable search engine. However, no matter how useful such search tool looks, beware that it can run a dirty business behind your back. Beware that a browser hijacker can easily collect information related to your browsing activities. Also, it may show you corrupted search results and redirect you to sponsored websites. Seems dangerous? Sure, it does. However, let's start from the beginning and take a closer look at these potentially unwanted programs.

As soon as a browser hijacker enters the system, it firstly modifies current browser's settings. Typically, such programs are developed to change the homepage, the default search engine and a new tab page to the desired URL address. Of course, they can modify each of your web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Besides, a browser hijacker can also attach a needed URL extension to the existing web browser shortcuts and employ “browser helper objects” to prevent people from switching to the default browser settings. As a result, the victim starts suffering from constant redirects to unwanted websites, regular appearance of annoying ads and slow downs on the web browser. Finally, we should warn you that the most dangerous browser hijackers are capable of collecting personal information. Usually, they are interested in user's email address, his or hers computer's IP address, search queries, browsing history, etc. Consequently, the collected data is “safely” shared with third parties that may use it for personal gains.

To prevent any of these activities, you MUST stay away from browser hijackers. To avoid these fake search tools, keep in mind that the authors of browser hijackers have been promoting their fake search tools as "powerful search engines". Also, they have been actively using a questionable marketing method called “bundling.“ Benefiting from the fact that users skip long instructions while installing free software on their computers, they have been promoting their programs hidden under “Quick” or “Recommended” installation options.

At the moment of writing, the most dangerous members of programs that are considered "browser hijackers" are Yoursites123, Omniboxes and Delta Homes. What is the easiest way to avoid these malicious search tools? We must say that it is keeping an attentive eye on the details while installing new software. To get an ability to see what is hiding in a specific program, you should always select "Custom" or "Advanced" installation option. Once you click any of these options, check if no check mark is claiming that you want to download additional software to your computer.


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