Browser Hijacking, What it is and how to avoid it.

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Browser Hijacking

What it is and how to avoid it.

Browser hijacking is one of the Web's ever present dangers. But what is it, and 
how can you know if your browser has been hijacked?

Browser hijacking is a type of online fraud that's generally used to force hits 
to certain sites of a hijacker's choosing. Chances are good that most internet users
will be subjected to this practice in some form. A hijacker uses malicious software
to change your internet security and registry settings to gain control over what
 and how your browser displays website content. Combating it can be tricky because
it's not necessarily a virus or adware, so software monitoring programs will not
 always suffice.

Signs that your browser might be hijacked...

* Home Page has changed
* Internet settings have changed and you can't seem to reset them manually
* New or unrecognizable links in your Favorites
* Inability to navigate to certain websites such as anti-spyware and other security
software sites
* A new toolbar appears in your browser
* An endless barrage of pop-up ads
* Rerouting of URLs to other dubious websites
* Overall sluggish performance of your computer

Precautionary measures you can take...

* Use common sense. If a      pop-up ad asks your permission to install an executable
file, don't accept      it unless you're absolutely certain of what that program
 entails. Make      sure you have all the latest security packs and patches from
 Microsoft      that can eliminate any potential threats targeting Windows      
* Run your anti-virus      program on a regular basis and set it to auto-protection.
Heighten your      internet security settings and add the sites you regularly visit
to the      list of 'Trusted Sites' so they aren't affected. Consider changing your
     browser; many of these malicious programs are specifically designed for    
  Internet Explorer and won't execute on other browsers such as Firefox, Chrome 
or Safari.
* Prepare an 'emergency kit'      in case your browser is hijacked and you aren't
able to fix it on your      own. Free utility programs like HiJackThis or CWShredder
are very      effective at removing malicious code from your computer. Other programs
     like Ad-aware and Spybot are also very useful for removing Trojans and     
 recovering your system after a hijacking.

GCInfotech can help you []
take the appropriate preventative measures to protect yourself from the dangers 
of browser hijacking. Give us a call today at (888) 323-3066 to speak with one of
our technicians!
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