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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):

Browser Hijacker

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.

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Windows XP/Vista/7/8. Internet Explorer 6.0 or later

  1. Install SpyHunter by double-clicking the downloaded file. Follow the on-screen instructions
  2. SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats

Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA) and How to Install | Uninstall Instructions

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.

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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:

Internet Explorer:
Tools -> Internet options -> General tab. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.

Google Chrome:
Settings -> Appearance. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.

Mozilla Firefox:
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:

  • %ProgramFiles%
  • %AppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %LocalAppData%

 

4 Responses to Browser Hijackers: How to Remove Them?

  1. Danny says:

    Is there a removal app for Safari for Highjacker

  2. john m o'sullivan says:

    I hope it works

  3. jeff Liver says:

    I have had this thing for years now. I have managed to keep it out of Google chrome and firefox. I am very sceptical about these Programs. They are often as difficult to get rid of the original problems. And also create all sorts of security issues. However I am going to download “Spyhunter and have a go at getting rid of the Hijacker. I am also quite happy to destroy internet to get it out of my life. Its kind of like having this horrid stalker in my comp. You have a great day and I wish you all the best

  4. jaqui miles says:

    yeah! this is great if you are using Windows! Did you forget that Macs are also vulnerable? How about a Spyhunter – Mac version, please!!!!!!

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