Browser Hijackers: How to Remove Them?
Browser hijacker is a program which has the capabilities to alter settings of internet browsers. The term ‘hijacking’ is used as the changes are performed without the user’s permission. A browser hijacker replace the existing homepage, newtab and search engine with its own. Sometimes browser hijackers are regarded as malware since they have some nasty features.
A regular browser hijacker put a lock file which prevents other software from modifying the altered settings. Also, it disables browser’s Content Security Policy, thus allowing cross site scripting of plugins. Moreover, a browser hijacker has the capabilities to gather data concerning browsing habits and search queries, which is considered illegal.
The example of a popular browser hijacker is shown below (IE9 has been hijacked):
The main goal of browser hijacking is to display ads during browsing sessions. This is the main source of money for the developers of browser hijackers. The user is presented with various types of advertisements including commercial banners, pop-ups, in-text link ads and many more. All this commercial content makes the internet browsing an unbearable task.
Most of the times, browser hijackers reaches computers bundled with freeware. This is a well-known strategy to the IT experts, as a lot of malware is distributed in this way. It is a relatively easy and fast method allowing to spread the application widely. Most of the times, the users have no clue that they are about to install a browser hijacker or any other malware, because they are usually misinformed during the freeware installation process.
Browser hijackers are created to promote certain domains. However, the search results provided by those domains, are useless. They are filled with sponsored links and ads, whereas useful info is nowhere to be found.
Here is a list of most popular and widely well-known browser hijackers that are, or have been, active over the last few years:
Babylon Search, Snap.do, Onewebsearch, Tuvaro, Conduit Search, Qvo6.com, CoolWebSearch, Delta Search, MyStart.IncrediBar Search, NationZoom.com, Qone8.com, Mixi.DJ, Searchnu.com.
We offer you two methods of removing any browser hijacker from your system – automatic and manual. If you’re not a computer expert, we strongly advise to use automatic removal instructions.
Automatic Browser Hijacker Removal
Download and install SpyHunter to detect a browser hijacker and remove it.
Windows XP/Vista/7/8. Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
- Install SpyHunter by double-clicking the downloaded file. Follow the on-screen instructions
- SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats
Note: download size is 3.0 MB. SpyHunter trial version offers an unlimited number of scans and detections. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.
Manual Browser Hijacker Removal
Important Note: Browser hijackers can be removed manually, however any mistakes can lead your PC to permanent damage of the system. Therefore a manual removal process is highly recommended for IT experts and system administrators. For regular users, FixBrowsers.com team recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. To remove a particular browser hijacker, check your Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs). In the list search for apps related to the browser hijacker name and then choose ‘Uninstall’.
2. Delete any browser plugin related to the browser hijacker name:
Firefox -> Add-ons -> Extensions.
Google Chrome -> Settings -> Extensions.
Internet Explorer -> Manage add-ons ->Toolbars and Extensions.
3. Also remove the browser hijacker from your browsers:
Tools -> Internet options -> General tab. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Settings -> Appearance. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Options -> General tab -> Startup. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
4. Delete any folder related to a name of the browser hijacker from the following folders: