Understanding Browser Hijacking And How To Correct It

Thursday, September 15, 2011

If you are an Internet junkie and surf nearly 24 hours a day, it may be to your benefit to understand how Web Browser hijacking works and what you can be to prevent it as well as get rid of this nagging problem should you experience it.

The web contain sites that will override your browser's homepage setting and then replace it with their own. You can correct this by opening Internet Options in Control Panel and under Home Page, click either use blank or you specify a site of your choice.

But correcting a hijacked home page is much easier than correcting a hijacked Web Browser itself.This happens when your Web Browser is taken over by software with you having little and sometimes no control over its actions.

This happens when you are hit by such browser hijacking programs as CWS or CoolWebSearch.This software appeared in 2003 and is now one of the most invasive browser hijackers.You know you have been struck when you experience the following actions in your browser.

There is a noticeable decrease in overall PC performance.
User's homepages are Smartsearch or other hijacked files and attempts to remove these are blocked.

Suddenly there appears a new toolbar in your browser
You are bombarded with porn ads and porn is now being bookmarked in your favorites.

Your Internet Explorer browser quickly slows to a crawl.
All web searches are redirected to other sites, in nearly all cases they will be porn.

You will have little and sometimes no control over your web browser.Watch the files you download.

These programs may sometime arrive via a download. If this happens, you need to pay attention to where you are on the Internet and avoid these locations. Try to avoid downloading free screensavers for example.

Free screensavers or screensaver samples are often loaded with spyware, adware, and who knows what other insidious files that lurks within. If you do perform such download do a good virus, spyware scan.

What would be the remedy to get rid of this nightmare. You would not want porn pop-ups appearing on your PC when little Mary or David is nearby.

First go to [http://www.helptogo.com] and click on the link for a program named Hijackthis. Having this or other hijack removal files on disk will be your first line of defense.

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