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How To Prevent Your Browser From Being Hijacked

Aug 17, 2007
A worrying development with spyware is the increasing occurrence where browser hijacking has taken place. Browser hijacking as the name suggests enables a third party to in some way control your browser without your permission. Now this is of concern largely due to the potential malicious nature of it all. Worrying is that your own computer and browser are no longer safe from these attackers who have taken spyware to an extremely troublesome area.

Now browser hijacking can result in various levels of consequence. The spyware software or malicious site can mess with your browser settings including your security settings and can even manipulate your favorites folder in your browser to add their sites to your favorites list without your permission. It may also result in changing your start page and default page so that it automatically directs you to a default page which is controlled by them, often times it's is usually a site that is dependent on traffic so that they can collect on advertising.

So the victims are both yourself and the hapless advertisers of the sites. Other times they may direct you to dodgy sites such as porn or gambling sites which are often difficult to SEO and therefore they need to find inventive ways to direct traffic to these sites.

Now with some of these instances of browser hijacking can just be annoying but fixable. You can edit your settings by going to your browser options, other times it may require to edit your registry. However you will only temporarily stop the annoyance until you actually get rid of the spyware.

This is where spyware removal software are integral in combating spyware and their destructiveness with your prized PC. You need to get yourself a trusted spyware program which you can run routinely to inoculate your computer from any spyware both malicious and annoying so that you can enjoy your internet surfing experience free from prying eyes.

While the creation of spyware and it's distribution is not considered illegal it is nonetheless the bane of civilization. Certainly the problem is not going away any time soon we can at least on an individual level do our part in protecting our computer and browser.

By ensuring your spyware program is routinely updated and run is a step in the right direction. You can also ensure that you only visit reputable sites and only download software which you know are coming from reputable software providers.
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