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There are many ways to earn money on the Internet and one of the most popular methods is none other than the web-advertising. The online marketing industry is huge and everybody wants to have a piece. However, there are different ways of advertising something online with some being more annoying and irritating to the end users than others. Down below, we will introduce you to one example of online advertising that in terms of annoyance and unpleasantness seems to be at the top of our imaginary rank-list.

Have you ever heard about Browser Hijackers? A type of annoying software that causes browser redirects to sponsored pages and also seeks to modify the user’s browser adding new homepage and new-tab page as well as a new toolbar and a replaced default search engine. Well, is one such browser-redirect and if you are reading this, it is likely that you have actually ended up on this page because you have been looking for a way to eliminate the nagging Hijacker. If that is indeed your case, then you are in luck as here, on this page, you can find all the important information that you might need for the successful removal of the pesky browser-redirecting software. However, before we show you the different steps for uninstalling and fully removing, we must first explain in more detail what a Browser Hijacker actually is and why it is important that you may want to have it removed ASAP instead of allowing it to remain on your PC.

Advertising software

As we said above, Browser Hijackers are used for web-advertising. The redirects they trigger, the sites they open and the changes they make to your browser’s interface all have the purpose of promoting something – a website, a software product, a online service, etc. Obviously, this can be very irritating since no one wants to have their browser program modified without their permission. However, what makes a Hijacker even more unwanted is the fact that it can enforce the changes and re-introduce them every time you try to restore your browser back to normal. It is likely that the page-redirect won’t allow you to bring back your previous search engine or home/new-tab page. On top of all that, most of the time, there wouldn’t really be any actual functional feature that the Hijacker would provide you with making it an utterly useless piece of software (for the end user) that benefits no one but its creator.


So, does all that, which was mentioned above, make Browser Hijackers something similar to PC viruses? Well, technically, the answer is “no”. You see, having on your browser constantly redirecting you to random pages might be quite unpleasant but it will likely not put your system at risk. It wouldn’t try to damage or corrupt any system data like a Trojan Horse virus can do or lock-up your files and ask you to make a ransom payment – something that the nasty Ransomware viruses are famous for. In contrast, a Hijacker’s creator wouldn’t benefit if they damaged your PC or messed with your files. Because of this, we cannot really categorized Hijackers as PC viruses although they certainly fall under the category of PUPS (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

Still better to have it removed

A Hijacker, in itself, might not be anything harmful but if it keeps spamming your screen with random sponsored pages and maybe even various web offers and requests, you might come across some questionable and unsafe advert or webpage. Most Hijackers do not generate hazardous content but there are still quite a few examples of this happening out there. Because of this, we think it is safer if you try to avoid any interaction with anything that the Hijacker has added to your browser or any of the pages it tries to redirect you to.

How does it get installed?

File-bundling is the most common way for page-redirects like to get spread throughout the world-wide web. It is a legal way for distributing software where the Hijacker gets added to the installer of some other application and gets installed along with it if the user doesn’t customize the installation process from the setup menu. Most users, however, do not do this which gets them all added (optional) applications in addition to the main program – the one they actually want. Make sure that you do not make this mistake when installing new software – always check for added content and leave out whatever you deem unwanted or unneeded. Also, it is preferable if you try to stay safe on the internet by avoiding shady sites and suspicious web-messages that might be spam as those might also be used for spreading Browser Hijackers around


Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool Removal

Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker – you might want to see if you’re not infected with it as well.
You can find the removal guide here.

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About the author

Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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