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"Are You a Victim of Browser Hijacking? Here's How to Protect Yourself and Fight Back!"

Don't fall victim to browser hijackers - they're a serious problem, but not always easy to detect. Here are five red flags to watch out for that can help you know for sure if your browser has been hijacked. Firstly, a sluggish browser could mean that a hijacker is taking up significant resources, causing serious performance issues, and even freezing and crashing your browser. Secondly, if you're seeing pop-ups everywhere - including fake "You have a virus" warnings - there's a good chance a browser hijacker has infiltrated your system. Thirdly, if your homepage or search engine has changed, or if there are unfamiliar toolbars and extensions in your browser, you might be dealing with a threat actor who has hijacked your browser. Lastly, be aware of DNS hijacking - a more dangerous form of browser hijacking that can redirect you to malicious websites constantly. Protect your browser and avoid these red flags to stay safe online.

Tips to Avoid and Remove Browser Hijacking

The good news is that you can prevent browser hijacking from happening to you. Basic precautions can go a long way in protecting yourself from this threat. Removing a hijacker is also a simple process that anyone can follow regardless of their technical skills.

To prevent browser hijacking, always keep your browser and operating system updated. Review your browser settings regularly and take note of any suspicious activity. Install anti-malware software and be cautious when opening links or attachments from unknown email addresses. Only download extensions from official stores and research them before installation. Avoid downloading software from unverified sources and be extra careful when using public Wi-Fi. Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication to secure your data.

If you suspect your browser has been hijacked, immediately identify the hijacker by manually checking your browser's settings for any unknown extensions or add-ons. If it's difficult to remove, use an antivirus suite to scan your computer for malicious programs. Even if you manage to remove the hijacker manually, it's a good idea to scan your computer with a malware removal tool. Restart your browser to its default state through the settings menu. Uninstalling your browser should be your last option, but if you choose to do so, replace it with a more secure and private alternative like Brave, Firefox, or Chromium.


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