What is Browser Hijacker Virus ?

This type of virus (Web Browser redirect viruses) infects your web browser in such a way that, it will bring you to different websites or injects content into webpages you have opened or opens new tabs with ads, or steals your info.

Typically, if you key in a domain name in the internet address bar, the browser hijacker will open multiple fake websites that may harm your computer.

 Cybercriminals hijack browser to gain access to your computer in order to steal private and confidential data.

There are three types of Web Browser redirect viruses, which are search redirects, homepage redirects, and ad redirects. 

Compared to other malware infections, browser hijackings are a less severe form of malware infection.

What is Browser in computer?

A web browser, or simply “browser,” is an application used to access and view websites. Common web browsers include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.

Website is a page or collection of pages on the World Wide Web that contains specific information which was all provided by one person or entity and traces back to a common Uniform Resource Locator (URL).

Risk from Browser Hijacker Virus

1.Most browser hijacking malware seek to profit from you either by feeding you ads, redirect you to a certain page or, install various useless toolbars and other software on your device.

2.Browser hijackers can manipulate your browser into downloading malicious software.

3.Browser hijacker can automatically download  spyware, botnet,ransomware,phishing or other types of malware that can seriously harm your device.

4. hijacked browser can inatall keyloggers to steal banking information or credit card details.

The Symptoms of Browser Hijacking

1.Change in your browser homepage to a different one.  

2. Feed you with a lot of adware/spyware popups and ads.

3.Automatic redirection to unintended websites.

4.Installation of uncommon toolbars.

5. Redirecting constantly to a particular website, such as an online store. This is called DNS hijacking. Cyber attackers change your DNS settings altogether, so that all your Internet traffic requests are directed to a particular server.

How browser hijacker is installed ?

Browser hijackers are created purposely for marketing, commercial and publicity purposes

Browser hijacking like other malwares needs to download, install or activate.The various methods used by cyber attackers are:

1.Browser hijacking is executed as part of an installation process for another download that a user consider trustworthy and safe.

2.Some softwares might trick users by offering an option to decline the installation of additional browser software.User is tricked to click “NO” but it download mallicious software.

TDL4 rootkits ,bootkits which will infect your Master Boot Record and malicious browser add-ons are known to cause this malicious behavior.
This type of infections are designed specifically to make money.

It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites.

How to Get Rid of a Browser Hijacker

A few of the common types of Browser Hijacker virus include CoolWebSearch, SafeSearch, Ask Toolbar,Coupon Server and IBIS WebSearch.

1.Always keep updated browser and security settings and operating system.

2.Check your browser for any add-ons or extensions you do not recognize and remove them.

3.Run antivirus software and it will alerts users to the presence of adware and spyware.

4.Use Rkill to terminate suspicious programs

5.Install and scan your PC with Malwarebytes and Hitman Pro to clean most adware.Malwarebytes will remove Trojans, Worms, or other Malware.

6.Use Zemana AntiMalware Portable to remove Browser Hijackers

7. Frequently clean directories with browser cookies 

8.Avoid running freeware programs