Prevent browser hijack infection
The following instructions will help you restore your browser’s default search page, remove all unwanted search bars (toolbars) installed into your browser by adware programs, and get back your PC to normal.
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Po sted o n December 26, 2013 by Mary Alleyne
Browser hijacking is a serious nuisance in today’s web surfing experience. Fortunately, avoiding a
browser hijacking is not impossible if you stay aware, and take a few simple precautions.
It is very important to practice precaution:
1. Use common sense
2. Use and update an anti- virus program regularly
3. Use antivirus ‘auto protection’
4 . Keep an anti- hijack ‘toolkit’ for emergencies
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5. Change your Internet Explorer security settings
6. Try an alternate browser
Use Anti- virus programs regularly
Many browser hijackers are also identified and stopped by anti- virus software packages. Running
Norton Antivirus with ‘auto- protect’ enabled is a good idea as a security measure, and there are
many other equivalent antivirus programs that can help.
Use antivirus ‘auto protection’
Many AV programs come with a program that constantly scans information entering and leaving
your computer for viruses and malware. Norton’s ‘auto- protect’ is one example of this. While they
can occasionally cause trouble with installing and running software, these programs are your
friends when it comes to protecting your PC from browser hijackers and Trojan horse viruses
contracted from websites. Make sure your antivirus package has an equivalent feature up and
Keep an anti- hijack ‘toolkit’ for emergencies
There are several free programs available which will help you recover your system in the event of a
hijacked browser. Ad- aware and Spybot, which we covered above, are two of them. In addition,
download and store Hijackthis and CWShredder. Both of these programs can help you recover in
the case of an emergency. We will detail their use in the second part of this article. A reputable
Antivirus program like those provided by Norton, MacAfee or Panda is also essential, as many
browser hijackers are considered to be ‘Trojan horse’ viruses and can be detected and removed by
Change your Internet Explorer security settings
IE contains some security features which can be used to ward off annoying malware like browser
hijackers. Open Internet Explorer, go to the ‘tools’ menu and select ‘Internet options.’
Now select the ‘security’ tab.
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If you want the highest degree of protection against browser hijackers and other malicious online
code, set your Internet zone to the ‘high’ security setting. This will ensure that IE does not run
activeX instructions, the means by which most browser hijackers get access to your computer.
Note that this may also cause problems and missing content in some legitimate web pages.
To get around this, you can place trusted websites that you regularly visit into the ‘trusted sites’
Site addresses that you enter here will be mostly unrestricted, allowing them to display their
Try an alternate browser
The best way to defend against many browser hijackers is to stop using Internet Explorer
altogether. Since a majority of these programs are coded specifically for IE, switching browsers
will render them harmless. Consider Mozilla as one alternative.
Manual system search; HOSTS file
Empty the recycling bin.
Open the HOSTS file by launching a Notepad window and opening the
‘C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32DRIVERSETCHOSTS’ file. Note that the HOSTS file has no extension,
so it will not appear as a text file. You will need to change the ‘files of type’ dropdown box to ‘all
files’ in order to see it.
The HOSTS file provides a means for your system to resolve DNS addresses (like
www.pcstats.com ) into IP addresses for transferring data across a network or the Internet.
Typing the addresses from the right hand column into your browser will result in it being directed to
the IP address to the left of that address. In this way, a browser hijacker can divert traffic
automatically from legitimate pages to those of its own choosing, since your computer will check
its own HOSTS file for data on an address you enter before it asks your Internet Service Provider’s
DNS server for information.
The only entry in a normal HOSTS file should be
Unless you have customized it yourself or your computer is part of a network which is managed by
someone else. Note that in some cases, other programs such as Norton’s email protection
software may insert their own entries into the hosts file. What you are looking for is a diversion of
commonly used websites or Internet Explorer search functions to a specific valid IP address.
The picture above shows a HOSTS file with a foreign entry which would redirect a browser to the
IP address ’188.8.131.52′ if ‘www.google.com’ was requested. Eliminate any foreign entries and
save the file.
Manually Checking the registry
Now let’s check the Windows registry.Open the registry editor by going to ‘start/run’ and typing
From here, open the ‘edit’ menu and click ‘find.’ Now type in the URL of the web page you are
redirected to by the browser hijacker. If you find an entry, delete it and press F3 to continue
searching through the registry. Delete all matching registry entries, but first make a note of their
contents, looking for any keywords. You can do successive registry searches on these words if
your problem is not fixed.
Now empty the recycling bin again for luck and restart the computer. Check to see if your problem
has gone. If it has not, there are likely settings in the registry which you missed. Try all three manual
searches again. Using the above methods should quickly make your browser hijacking a thing of
Now that your computer is clean again, please be careful. Increasingly, the dark corners of the
Internet are a dangerous place to surf. Be sensible, follow our tips and keep your guard up. Note
that browser- hijacking programs are constantly emerging and changing, just like computer viruses,
so it pays to keep your scanning programs updated. Scanning your computer weekly for spyware
and viruses is always a great idea too.
By following the above steps, you will be able to completely remove “Browser Hijack” Virus from
your internet browser. If you still experience issues, contact online Virus Removal service like
Jupiter Support, who will guide you through the removal of the virus at a low cost of only $29.
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