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What is browser hijacking?

What is browser hijacking?

Browser hijacking is a type of online fraud. Scammers use malicious software to take control of your computer's Internet browser and change how and what it displays when you're surfing the web.

How do I know if my browser has been hijacked?

  • Home page or other settings change on your computer. Links are added that point to websites that you'd usually avoid.

  • You can't navigate to certain web pages, such as antispyware and other security software sites.

  • A seemingly endless barrage of ads pops up on your screen.

  • New toolbars or Favorites are installed that give you icons and links to web pages that you don't want.

  • Your computer runs sluggishly. Malicious software can slow down your computer.

For more information, see Fix your hijacked web browser.