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Browser Hijacking – It Can Happen to You

by Dave on December 7, 2010

The 5 major browsersBrowser hijacking occurs when scammers use malware to change the browser settings. The result is that they change what the browser displays how it displays 

A browser hijack typically changes your home page. Bookmarks or favorites might also be changed. Changes to the registry may cause the home page to revert back to the unwanted destination even if you change it manually.

A browser hijack may also cause your broser to refuse access to anti-spyware websites where you would otherwise find a solution to the problem. Hijacking has also been known to completely disable anti-virus and anti-spyware software.

Your browser might have been hijacked if…
- Your homepage changes suddenly without your input.
- Your browser refuses to go to some web pages, especially security software sites.
- Lots of pop-ups begin to appear.
- Toolbars, favorites or bookmarks that you didn’t install begin to appear.
- Your computer begins to run more slowly.

Here are short term browser hijack removal instructions:
Internet Explorer browser hijack removal instructions from Microsoft:

Here are Firefox browser hijack removal instructions:

To avoid this problem in the future, consider improving your overall Internet Security. Here’s a place to begin:

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