Enjoy the Best Protection Against Browser Hijacks

Posted by John Larkin - February 15, 2014

Home page ever changed to Search.Snap.do, search.sweetpacks.com or nationzoom.com or so without any approval? It seems that the browser hijack is getting more and more furious. Keep reading this post and learn how to prevent such PC threat and protect the system.

The fact we cannot ignore is that more and more people use one or more computers at home or in office. A lot of people report that they are redirected to unwanted web sites other than desired pages. That is, browser hijacks are widespread. Before making the decision of removal, we should make it clear what the browser hijack is and how the threat attacks the system.

Actually, the browser hijack is a malicious program which is created to change the web browser’s settings without your permission so as to promote certain web pages or programs and even gather sensitive information. It can send the gathered data to remote servers to carry out illegal activities. Obviously, browser hijacks are not good things to computers. It is reported that browser hijack can make use of BHO, DLL plug-ins or Rootkit skill to infiltrate into the user’s web browser or system. The threat can disguise itself as a genuine part of the system. That is why your installed security programs like Antivirus or Anti-spyware do not report you anything.

Usually, browser hijack can come via drive-by downloads. In other words, browser hijacks can be bundled with programs that you can download from the Internet for free. Some evil commercials would cooperate with hackers to gain more revenue. In some cases, hackers create such threat for more evil purposes, i.e. stealing personal information. In addition, browser hijack can infiltrate into the target computer through spam or junk e-mails. Links or attachments could hide browser hijack.

Once the browser is hijacked, you will encounter such symptoms: default home page is changed, web pages are redirected to unknown pages, a ton of windows pop up, cannot access security related sites, new toolbars or search bars are installed to the web browser, unfamiliar pages are added to favorites or bookmarks, the system performs much poorer than before, system errors occur frequently.

Here are some useful tips to prevent the infection of browser hijacks.

First of all, we should take care when surfing online. As links could be used by cyber criminals to drop malicious browser hijacks, we had better not click any links from pop-up windows, unknown e-mails or dubious web pages.

Meanwhile, we had better look into each step during the application installation process. Do uncheck suspicious options that ask to install bundled programs.

In addition, it is necessary to download and install professional Antivirus software or safeguard tools on the system. Security programs can help to protect the system to some extent while they will provide warnings if they regard the downloaded or installed programs as something malicious.

Last but not least, do not forget to update commonly-used or all web browsers. Hackers can make use of browser loopholes to drop malicious redirect virus like Search.Snap.do virus, search.sweetpacks.com virus and nationzoom.com virus.

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