Remove the Browser Hijacker (Removal Guide)

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Remove the Browser Hijacker (Removal Guide)

  • Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:37:02 EST
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The Browser Hijacker is a browser hijacker from the Adware/ShortcutHijacker family that changes the home page of your installed browsers to the site It does this by modifying the shortcuts for all of your installed browsers, so that if you use them to open the browser, they will automatically open to the home page.

Unfortunately, rather than installing a program that infects your shortcuts, it installs a special VBScript into the Windows Management Instrumentations (WMI) that performs this task. Since there are no programs installed on the victim's computer, security programs may detect the infected shortcuts, but will not be able to properly remove the WMI script. Therefore, a user will clean the shortcuts and later find that they are reinfected again.

When is installed it will only target the shortcuts of certain web browser. The web browsers that are targeted by this hijacker are listed below:

Targeted Web Browsers
Internet Explorer Chrome Firefox
360 Chrome Sogou Explorer Opera
Safari Maxthon QQ Browser
Baidu Browser TheWorld Browser Liebao
Tencent Traveler    

How did the browser hijacker get on my computer?

This program is installed via downloaders found on video and file sharing sites or software crack sites. These sites will offer free videos or downloads, but will in reality install the hijacker on your computer. Therefore, it is important that you pay attention to the license agreements and installation screens when installing anything off of the Internet. If an installation screen offers you Custom or Advanced installation options, it is a good idea to select these as they will typically disclose what other 3rd party software will also be installed. Furthermore, If the license agreement or installation screens state that they are going to install a toolbar or other unwanted adware, it is advised that you cancel the install and not use the free software.

As you can see, the browser hijacker was purposely created to make it difficult to remove so that you are forced to use their home page. In my opinion, you should uninstall this program if you discover the symptoms listed above so that your computer and browsers can run properly again. To remove the Browser Hijacker and clean the affected shortcuts, please use the removal guide below.