is browser hijacker that will change your browser’s settings falls into the categorization of a browser hijacker, because it takes over browsers by altering their settings. Your homepage, new tabs and search engine will be set to the web page the hijacker is promoting so that it could redirect you. We should mention that the in order to make the modifications, the hijacker doesn’t require explicit authorization, which is why users are usually caught off guard when they see it. Because of the modifications and the redirects, hijackers are especially aggravating. The modifications and the redirects in particular are also a dead giveaway that a hijacker is present. It is instantly evident that something isn’t right if you are abruptly redirected. However, many users, however, will not link the odd behaviour with a hijacker, thus not remove it.

So that the hijacker can make traffic and revenue, it redirects to sponsored pages. The hijacker may redirect you to a site hosting damaging content, so we suggest you be cautious. It’s not impossible that you’ll be exposed to scams or even malicious software.

While users install hijackers themselves, they are not necessarily aware of it. For this type of installation, hijackers use software bundling. Bundling software is basically adware, browser hijackers and other unwanted applications being attached to freeware. The reason software bundling is so controversial is because whatever is added is authorised to install alongside. Users commonly are unable to uncheck the items because they are not informed about them. If you continue reading, we’ll explain how to avoid the installations of those unwanted items.

Hijacker distribution methods

Because hijackers are not malware, they cannot install by themselves. Without even realizing it, users usually allow these hijackers to install. Hijackers install alongside freeware because they are added as an extra offer. Users need to pick specific settings when installing freeware to even view what has been attached. Every single program available on those free download web pages will probably have something attached to it. So if you download freeware from those pages, you have to understand how to stop the unnecessary items in the future.

It’s quite important that you select Advanced (Custom) settings when installing free software. You won’t only be able to see all attached offers but also uncheck everything. While the software setup will claim that the “recommended” options are Default, they will actually hide all items. If any items have been added, all you will have to do is unmark the boxes.

It’s essential that you are attentive, whatever is being installed. You should also review download sources and not download from ones hosting questionable programs. It won’t take long for your system to get filled with junk programs if you don’t check what gets installed. It is simple to prevent the unnecessary applications from installing, compared to having to uninstall pesky programs.

How dangerous is

Hijackers may be pretty sneaky when installing but you’ll notice them immediately after. Mainly because it changes Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox settings. Whenever your browser is opened, the hijacker’s promoted site will load since it will be set as the homepage and new tab. We doubt you would not see such a significant modification. Furthermore, your browser will also have a different search engine. Modified search results will be shown to you if you do a search through the browser address bar. These changes may be done without your authorisation, and until you remove the hijacker, the changes may be difficult to reverse.

Search results will include sponsored sites, and visiting them could lead to more severe infections. Hijackers do this because their primary intention is to redirect users to sponsored web pages for profit purposes. Some of those sites might be harboring malware or advertising scams. But the sponsored results will mostly be unrelated to your searches so you’ll be able to differentiate them without issue.

Because hijackers do these modifications and redirect you should they be uninstalled as soon as possible. Unfortunately, because they don’t exhibit outright virus-like behaviour, users are not in any rush to uninstall them. Some users don’t uninstall the hijackers at all. Hijackers can expose users to malware, which is why keeping them installed is not a good idea.

Hijackers and other similar infections also collect information about users, essentially snooping on their internet activities. It primarily collects data related to browsing, like what you search for, what pages you visit, what adverts you click on, your IP address. The hijacker might then share and sell the collected information to unknown third-parties.

Ways to uninstall

Using anti-spyware software to uninstall is the best way. If you manually delete it incorrectly, the hijacker could recover. Any leftover files would be uninstalled along with the hijacker if you used anti-spyware software.

Once you remove the hijacker you can modify your browser’s settings without problems. And in the future, be careful with how you install software.