Removing browser hijackers

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How can I remove a hijacker from my browser?

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Dell 8000 desktop, Windows 7 Home Premium

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  • TomLiotta
    Welcome to ITKE. What about removing browser hijackers? What problem are you having with doing it? -- Tom
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  • ToddN2000
    There are a lot of free utilities that may identify the problem. You can try SpyBot, AdAware, MWAV, Malwarebytes to name a few. It they don't fix the issue it will at least identify the issue then you can Google it for a more detailed fix.
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  • TomLiotta

    How can I remove a hijacker from my browser?

    In general, if you have to ask, you can't.

    That is, there might be anti-malware products such as those mentioned by ToddN2000 that could do it. We don't know how any "hijacking" was done on a system you have, so we don't know how it might be undone. There are many possible hooks that can give various forms of control over a browser. Without investigation, we can't know what methods were used. So, we can't tell you how to do it.

    Because you asked, it implies that you don't have sufficient background to search out methods of hijacking. If you had enough background, you'd know how to search and how to understand articles that you found.

    So, you really only have two choices. You can download and run various anti-malware programs and hope one of them recognizes and fixes whatever particular problem you have. Or you can take your system to have a qualified technician look it over and, hopefully, fix the problem.

    There is a third choice, but it probably takes too long. You can begin taking courses that give you the necessary background. Then you won't have to ask.

    It's possibly unfortunate, but that's the way things go. I'd say to try Malwarebytes first. It'll work for you, or it won't. After that, you'll simply need to have someone fix it for you.

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  • AdZone

    A corrupted file can cause your PC to be faulty, so it might help to check, delete if you can, I have Management Software that alerts me, checks for any corrupted files and asks if I would like it deleted. 

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  • AndreaF
    I agree with TomLiotta - when in doubt, get a qualified technician Malwarebytes is a terrific help in finding malware on your computer, but you could have malicious files hidden in your System restore, or the Registry....and many hours of efforts can be wasted playing "hide and go seek" with these infections. If you can find out exactly what malware you are cleaning up, there are often good step-by-step instructions for cleaning your computer - but that is only AFTER it has been identified. Good luck!
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Have u installed any good anti virus sw, specially I asked for MS Security Essentials.... This is a good one to prevent these kind of activities. Install it, scan with this and restore ur browser settings as earlier by settings the home page which u want to set/ use this webpage as your only home page. 
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