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What is Browser Hijacking & how to stay secure of it?

A browser hijacker modifies web browser settings without user’s authority and opens the websites, user had not intended to open. Experts also name it as browser redirect virus as it redirects the web browser to malicious websites, enabling browser hijacking. A browser hijacker modifies the default web browser, make webpages to work slowly, install several toolbars on the web browser without user consent and create numerous fake alerts for ads. In this blog, complete information is given by the experts of Avast Support team.

The agenda of a browser hijacker is to generate fake advertising money. For example, a browser takes the victim to the hijacker’s web page, next hijacker makes malicious links to be viewed by victim, rather than real search engine results. When the user opens the fake search results, the hijacker gets money for that. The cybercriminal can also sell data of victim to third parties for marketing activities.

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A browser hijacker also include spyware allowing the hacker to gain the user’s banking data or other important info. Browser hijacker install ransomware, that blocks data on the victim device, holding it until the target pays the money to unlock it.

How browser hijacking works?

Browser hijacking is executed as the installation method for a downloaded application that the user supposed to be genuine. A user also gets fooled by agreeing to download when approving to terms and conditions during the installation process.

The target may have been given the option to end the installation of the browser hijacker, however that data was shown in a way proposed to purposely confuse the user into getting the malicious software installed.

Browser hijacker attacks can be executed via malicious email files, downloading of infected files or by opening infected websites. Safe websites can be infected by hackers, via fake websites for the purpose of spreading the malware.

How to protect against browser hijacking?

There are a number of ways, including:

  1. Update Operating System and Security Patches

Keep OS and other software applications updated with all the top-level features that help stop hijacking threats, as crooks look for any weakness

in the OS that they can take advantage of. Running a software update will stop this from happening.

  1. Disable JavaScript in the web browser

JavaScript can depict critical data, comprising IP address, and it also install other scripts deprived of user knowledge or authority. Hence, eliminate JavaScript by default in the web browser, and use the Block extension for Google Chrome and No-Script extension for Firefox to deactivate or allow JavaScript on every website basis.

  1. Avoid opening of suspicious links

Users should never tap on email attachments, text messages or notifications that come from unidentified senders because they could start the download of browser hijackers.

  1. Careful to download software

Some browser hijacking software is integrated with genuine software, hence users should read all terms and conditions and read licensing contracts before downloading any software.

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  1. Use Avast Antivirus Software

Install Avast Antivirus software and keep it updated with the current patches to help secure against browser hijacking. Avast Antivirus software offers security in real time, warning the user if downloaded software tries to modify browser settings. Avast Antivirus software lets the user to stop those changes from being made. Avast Technical Support, is available 24*7 to fix all sort of issues.

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