How To Prevent Browser Hijacking – Guide

March 26, 2018 by Yusra Aziz

Browser hijacking is a nasty web malware that has the ability to change the way a browser works without your permission. The browser hijacker can make your browser to use in a different way such as advertisements might appear that provide financial benefits to the maker of browser hijacker.

The most dangerous kind of browser hijacker is the installation of ransomware which is malicious software, it turns all your data into an encrypted form and demands a huge amount of money for decoding.

You may experience browser hijacking in different ways such as redirecting you to unknown websites, changes the homepage and default search engine, website pages loading becoming slow, unwanted add-ons on the page of the web browser that was not installed earlier, the appearance of pop-ups and alerts for different types of advertisements and addition of new toolbars.

If your web browser has ever been hijacked then you must know the difficulty of dealing with its removal and resetting your browser, back to normal means that you are not redirected to the malicious websites that hijacking software directs you. Thus, in order to avoid the later complications of browser hijacking, one must already be prepared for it. Following are some prevention which will protect your browser from hijacking.

Steps To Prevent Browser Hijacking

Update Operating System and Browser

One of the best prevention from browser hijacking is to keep your browser updated with the recent security features. The authors of browser hijacking look for any vulnerability in the system that they can exploit. Today browsers have introduced an anti-hijacking elements in the browsers which keep your browser software up-to-date.

Use Safe Browsing Program

Browsers like Google, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari have safe browsing program. Using Google’s safe browsing program provides the names of all browsers that show warning whenever a Maleficent site is visited.

Disabling Javascript

You need to disable Javascript in your browser. Javascript has the ability to read typed stuff such as passwords, it can also find out important information like your IP address and can install other scripts without your consent. Thus, it’s recommended to remove by default JavaScript. Besides, you should use Script Block for Chrome and NoScript extension for Firefox in order to disable or enable it on the basis of website.

Don’t Click that Suspicious Link

A number of links are present in your emails you receive, messages you get and websites you visit, not all of them are safe. Always stay vigilant when you receive an email from an unknown sender, do not open it until you know its legitimate because you might end up creating a problem for yourself.

Installation Steps

The browser hijacking software comes with the legitimate application. Hence, it is important that you must read the agreement before you download. Developers of software that hijack your browser will permit you to uninstall the software after the downloading process. It has seen that mostly hijacking software does not leave your system untouched even you have removed. It means that your browser remains hijacked until you manually reset it to Pre-hijacked default settings.

Install Antivirus

Install a good antivirus and keeping it up-to-date with latest patches. Some antivirus offers real-time protection that looks for changing key configuration files that are associated with browser. The software warns you whenever you are downloading attempts to change your browser settings. It may also offer you a chance to stop the changing of these settings. Adding a Second Opinion Scanner can work as a second line of defense with your anti-malware protection detail.


If you are facing the browser hijacking for the first time then it might be scary. You can prevent browser hijacking by taking correct steps. The provided guide is perfect to stay safe while browsing the Internet.

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