In order to bring in more online business, some scrupulous business owners adopt scamming strategies to get more views to their business web site. One such strategy that has become common over the last five years is Browser Hijacking.
In this approach, when the user looks for a specific web site through a browser, instead of that required web site, the user would be taken to some other page or web site. This highjacking is generally performed by a malware or a spyware that gets injected in to the browser. The page that gets replaced can be a home page, a searched page, or even an error page. The range of browser hijacker programs used for redirecting the user has grown considerably over the last few years. Some of the prevalent browser hijackers are discussed here.
Mystart. Incredibar search
This is a hijacker that comes connected with a downloadable application or an installer application. Once it gets downloaded, this hijacker has the capacity to attach itself it to common browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Once it gets installed, this hijacker can make changes in the registry and also in the browser configuration settings. In Google Chrome and Mozilla Fire Fox, Mystart.Incredibar search could possibly seem as an add-on. If the user tries to remove the add-on utilizing the options provided by the browser, this hijacker can still develop problems, as it has currently reached the registry levels. Although there are some hijacker removal programs available for removing Mystart search hijacker such as spysweeper, manually removing the registry entries would provide the required benefits.
This hijacker actually gets downloaded along with the Zlob Trojan. Zlob is a trojan horse that masquerades itself as a codec Active X control. Once this Trojan horse gets installed in the system, it appears as popup ads informing the user that their system has been infected with virus. It also instructs the user to install the Trojan horse, which seems as an anti-virus software to the user. This browser Hijacker comes hidden with the Zlob Trojan horse and directs the user searches to pornographic web sites. Once it gets installed, the overall performance of the system gets badly affected.
Cool Web search
This hijacker was one of the earliest hijackers that were known to the outside world. This cool web search would redirect the existing home page to CWS search engine. Many anti-virus programs were created to destroy this virus. But none of them worked. CWShredder was then created and it did the job of killing cool web search.
All of the above mentioned hijacking programs use three common strategies to do its job.
1. By utilizing Active X scripts.
Browser hijacker creators intelligently hide these hijackers behind an Active X script that gets prompted automatically when the user lands on the home page of a particular site.
2. Via the security hole present in the browser software.
3. By creating an entry in to the HOSTS file of the operating system.
In order to avoid downloading these prevalent browser hijackers, users have to be vigilant when browsing through the different web sites. The users also need to correctly set the security options provided by a particular browser. Users should also have the latest version of the antivirus programs to get rid of browser hijackers.
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