Browser Hijackers

A browser hijacker (sometimes called hijackware) is a type of malware program that alters your computer’s browser settings so that you are redirected to Web sites that you had no intention of visiting. Some browser hijacking can be easily reversed while other instances may be difficult to reverse. Most browser hijackers alter the default home pages and search engines to those of their customers who pay for that service because of the traffic it generates.

More virulent versions often:

  • Add bookmarks for pornographic web sites to your own bookmark collection
  • Generate pornographic pop-up windows faster than you can close them.
  • Redirect you to pornographic sites when you inadvertently mistype a URL or type in a URL without the www. preface.

Like adware and spyware, a browser hijacker may be installed as part of a freeware installation. In this instance the browser hijacker is more than likely mentioned in the user agreement though obviously not identified as a browser hijacker. A browser hijacker may also be installed without your permission, as the result of an infected e-mail, a file share or a drive-by download.

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There are currently 2,863 articles listed on browser hijackers.

Name Threat Level Detection Count Date
'Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control' Scareware October 24, 2016
'Oneairnow.info' Pop-Ups May 5, 2015
'PC Help Center Tools' Pop-Ups 5/10 0 June 8, 2016
'Readynewsoft.theperferct24updater.net' Pop-Ups May 13, 2015
'Redirectsmart.net' Pop-Ups June 16, 2016
'Search whatever you're looking for!' Browser Hijacker January 9, 2017
'Security Error: 0x80070643' Pop-ups October 17, 2016
'Servefail.xyz' Pop-Ups February 19, 2016
'Softwareupdate.Updateinstantly.net' Pop-Ups December 3, 2015
'Support-and-services.info' Pop-Ups July 28, 2015
'Support-security-alert.net' Pop-Ups July 29, 2015
'System plugin at address 0x00874324 got critical error' April 28, 2011
'System-error-message.net' Pop-Ups October 30, 2015
'Update your browser' Alert August 24, 2011
'Urgent Firefox Update' Pop-Ups July 18, 2016
'Virus Code 9UWXX400D' Pop-Ups October 10, 2016
'Warning: Internet Security Damaged!' Pop-Up August 9, 2016
'We couldn't undo the changes - Contact Support' Tech Support Scam October 5, 2016
'Webhelpsupport.org' Pop-Ups December 3, 2015
'Windows Activation Error Code: 0x44578' Lock Screen August 22, 2016
'Windows Activation Pro' Pop-Ups 5/10 0 May 16, 2016
'Windows Detected Koobface Infection' Pop-Ups July 5, 2016
'Windows Has Been Blocked Due to Suspicious Activity' Pop-Ups October 18, 2016
'Windows-delight.info' Pop-Ups July 28, 2015
'Windowsfailurereport.com' Pop-Ups November 30, 2015
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