Do you have those nosey friends who prefer to walk into your room by blasting in rather than knocking first? Well, they are no different than the browser hijackers.
Browser hijackers are software that are capable of changing your browser setting and preferences. They alter them in a way that makes them capable of storing or transferring your personal data. They also force you to use substandard or advertised products.
It is an absolute fact that no one wants this type of invasion in their browsers, so taking measures to avoid it should be the first course of action. Yu may think that this may not be of much importance right now, but the long term consequences will either leave you bankrupt or blackmailed.
Most people use a single password combination on most of their accounts. A browser hijacker can steal your password at this time and wait for you to create a financial account. Even if you will have solved the hijacking issue, there is a high chance your account will be hacked because you used the same password.
Chrome is the most used browser all over the world. Even though it gets off hogging all the RAM in your machine, it does its job perfectly and can be trusted since it is a Google product.
However, it is not immune to browser hijackers. In fact, there are many cases that have been reported involving Chrome hijacks. You may be one of the victims since you are reading through this article. So; how can you remove the browser hijacker from your Chrome browser?
Remove any unknown extensions
Browser hijackers manifest as extensions that you may ignore since no one even pays attention to them. If there is an extension that didn’t come with the browser and you didn’t install it, the best course of action is to uninstall it.
You can go to the extensions setting by clicking on any extension on the right side of the search bar and clicking on ‘manage extensions”.
There is that trash can icon alongside each of the extension… click on it and the unwanted extension is gone.
Uninstall what you don’t use
There are many apps that come installed in Chrome. Sometimes, the browser hijackers can install themselves in your browser and spam ads without showing.
They may also redirect you to other pages that have paid for ads. You should uninstall the apps that have no association with Google unless you installed them yourself.
Sometimes, a browser hijacker can sign in another person to Chrome. Each password you input will be saved on the hackers account.
Imagine someone having your financial accounts’ passwords and you frequently transact lots of cash in those accounts. You will lose lots of money and weight… because of the stress that is.
To avoid that, reset your browser settings and preferences after you have deleted the hijacker. Your browser should belong to you once more.
If all that seems like a lot of work, you can always uninstall the current copy of Chrome and reinstall it afresh. All the browser hijackers and altered settings will disappear with the old installation.
The problem is, without knowing where the hijacker came from, your browser might end up being hijacked again. This brings us to the last and most effective way of removing a browser hijacker.
Installing an anti-malware program
A browser hijacker can be detected by antimalware programs like MalwareFox and Malwarebytes. The program can easily remove the hijacker and prevent any further infections. Having an antimalware program is also great for keeping the browser safe from other infections.