Here at FixMeStick, we’ve noticed that browser hijackers are among the most common complaints among users whose computers have been infected. Unlike many viruses that linger silently in the background, browser hijackers prominently disrupt the experience of going online and create headaches for ordinary people who don’t know how to get rid of them.
A browser hijacking virus is broadly defined as any code that changes or affects the settings on your browser. These viruses can result in changes to your homepage, proxy setting changes, pop-ups, and site redirections. Even when the virus has been removed your browser settings can remain changed. We want to help you take back control of your browser and have included resources below to clean up your browser settings and help protect against hijacking in the future.
Common Browser Hijackers:
If you’ve seen these on your PC, you may have been infected by a browser hijacker.
What Can I Do?
- Never download toolbars or updates from any organization you’ve never heard of.
- Always read through any checkboxes in any application you install. Often they come pre-checked and will install unwanted adware alongside the desired application.
- Be wary of all services offered through pop-up ads.
- Whenever possible, read through the terms and agreements before you finalize the installation of any software.
- Don’t download media files – movies, music, pictures, etc – from unknown or shady looking websites. Viruses can use anything as way to sneak into your computer.
Still Having Browser Trouble? Take a look at our guide to cleaning up your browser – no FixMeStick required!