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Browser Hijacker

What is a Browser Hijacker?

Browser Hijackers make alterations to your default homepage, search engine, or browser without consent. These attacks may lead to semi-permanent changes in your browsing experience, possibly removing the option to reset the homepage or other settings. It is a practice used to artificially inflate a site’s page ranking in search results, which can boost ad revenue.

How to Recognize This Threat: The user will note a difference when surfing the internet, with an unusual homepage displaying upon opening the web browser and other potential problems with the browsing experience. The offending malware often comes through a suspicious email attachment or bundled with another piece of software downloaded from a questionable source.

How to Prevent This Threat: Aside from user vigilance, a robust endpoint security solution will catch the nasty software to prevent it from messing with your web browsing.