Threat Database Browser Hijackers

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 50 % (Medium)
Infected Computers: 1
First Seen: February 24, 2023
Last Seen: February 26, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows is a browser hijacker that can modify the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page of web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. This browser hijacker is usually installed without the user's knowledge or consent through bundled software downloads, fake software updates, or malicious websites.

What Actions does the Browser Hijacker Conduct?

Once installed, may redirect the user's searches to its own search engine, which can provide irrelevant or sponsored search results. It may also display pop-up ads, banners, and in-text links that can lead to potentially harmful websites. In addition, may track the user's browsing activity, search queries, IP address, and other sensitive information and share it with third-party advertisers for targeted advertising purposes.

How to Stop and Remove the Browser Hijacker

To remove the browser hijacker, users should first uninstall any suspicious programs or extensions from their computer and web browser. They can also reset their web browser settings to their default values, clear their browsing data, and run a malware scan using reliable anti-malware software.

To prevent browser hijackers like from infecting their computers, users should be cautious when downloading and installing software from the internet. They should always choose the "custom" or "advanced" installation option, read the terms and conditions carefully, and uncheck any pre-checked boxes for additional software or toolbars. They should also keep their operating system and web browser up to date with the latest security patches and use trusted antivirus software.

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