Browser Hijacker Definition:
The alteration of the default browser starting page, search page,
or favourites page to another webpage without permission.
Browser Hijack synonyms:
Hijacker, home page hijack, browser hijacking, browser highjacker
Examples of Browser hijackers
Search Toolbar (IE Plugin),
Slotch Toolbar (XXX Toolbar) - more information
Purposes of Browser Hijacking:
The least sinister of the reasons for browser hijacking is to obtain
false traffic statistics, so that an unscrupulous website manager
can claim vast numbers of hits and make his website seem more important
The most common reason, which is a development of the first, is where
the substituted page is a portal for other sites which is being paid
for click throughs and for banner advertising.
These sites usually incorporate other activities. After all, if they
are so unscrupulous, they are not likely to worry about promoting
Pornography and spreading Adware, together with Commercial Spyware and other forms of Malware which they are being paid to disseminate.
Where do Browser Hijacks come from?
When you visit certain sites, a hijack file can install itself on
your computer. You probably won't be aware that this is happening,
but after you re-open Internet Explorer or Netscape, you will find
that your default homepage is now set to something that can be
anything from what appears to be a search engine portal with gambling
links to outright pornography, and there can be new links in your
Favourites list to all sorts of unsavoury sites.
How to detect Browser Hijack software
If you open Internet Explorer and a new page pops up then chances
are that a hijack program has infiltrated your defences. To find
the actual file which is causing the problem is not so simple,
and you will usually need to download a software to find it and
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Defense and Control
There are three aspects of defense against any form of internet abuse.
Detection - Browser Hijacker Scanning
Removal - delete the Browser Hijacker program
Prevention - Block further attempts by Browser Hijackers to infiltrate
Learn more about these HERE.