How to remove Browser Hijackers
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 remove
it. Often it is an innocent looking page offering all sorts of bargains
and helpful links. At other times it can be a portal for pornography
or gambling sites. Sometimes the application automatically downloads
to your computer when you visit a particular site or click in an
hyperlink. Other times you may have inadvertently accepted it as
part of a software package (usually freeware or shareware)
Whatever screen is presented, you are likely to have great difficulty
in removing it.
In the simplest form of Browser Hijack, you can simply click on
Tools, then Internet Options, then restore
your default home page to whatever was there before. Unfortunately most forms of browser
Hijack leave a file in the registry which causes the default home
page to revert to the hijacked version each time the pc is switched
on. In such cases you will need to purchase a safe and effective
software program to eradicate it.
There are hundreds of programs available at quite reasonable prices,
but having the confidence to download a program which might in itself
be introducing more spyware is difficult to do. We have used the
following two applications on all our PCs, and they have proven very
effective at identifying Browser Hijacker files and eliminating them.
They will also continuously monitor all new files and cookies and
block the vast majority of harmful ones.
Both companies offer an initial Free Scan for Browser Hijackers
and other Malware
There are three aspects to be considered when dealing with browser
Detection - Browser Hijacker Scanning
Removal - delete the Browser Hijacker program
Prevention - Block further attempts by Browser Hijackers to to infiltrate
The full versions of the above programs provide all three activities
How to Block Browser Hijackers
If you don’t have any Browser hijackers at present (and you
are sure that you don’t) there are several free browser hijacker
blockers available on the internet. However BEWARE that since they
are freeware or shareware, you may well be downloading additional
adware or spyware applications bundled in with them.
In our experience it is wiser to pay the true purchase price (which
is not usually very much anyway), and reduce the risks of gaining
additional unwanted problems. Even so, make sure that you read the
terms and conditions!!!