When downloading browser hijacker software, please be sure to select the option to decline the software installation. If the browser hijacker is downloaded from an unfamiliar site, the user should never download files or open any links from that site.
Caution should be taken when downloading free software, such as shareware, freeware, adware or spyware. Free software may be bundled with browser hijacker software. There are ways to avoid downloading software that is bundled with browser hijackers.
The following are ways to avoid downloading free software that is bundled with browser hijackers:
Free software downloads should not be made through third party sites. The software should be downloaded directly from the software vendor's website.
If the software installer is a file with a.msi extension, it may be bundled with browser hijackers. Look for the file type that indicates it is a browser hijacker, such as.exe or.bat.
If the installation program is a file with a.exe extension, it is likely to be bundled with browser hijackers. Look for a file extension that indicates it is a browser hijacker, such as.exe3 or.bht.
If the installation program is a file with a.bat extension, it is likely to be bundled with browser hijackers. Look for a file extension that indicates it is a browser hijacker, such as.bat3 or.exe3.
If the installation program is a file with an unknown file extension, it is likely to be bundled with browser hijackers. Look for a file extension that indicates it is a browser hijacker, such as.exe3.
Some users may like to read the terms and conditions of software that they are about to download. The terms and conditions may include a link to a malicious software download, such as a browser hijacker. If they need to install the software, they may be tricked into installing the software before reading the terms and conditions.
The most common malicious browser hijacker is BrowserHijackThis.Win32.BromHijack.A. It is a browser hijacker that attempts to display a fake security warning and shows an alert dialog to the user.
When the alert dialog box with the fake warning is shown, the user is prompted to uninstall the browser hijacker using the options shown in the dialog box. When using the uninstall options, the user is asked to confirm that the uninstalling is really what they want to do. This is because the browser hijacker is trying to help the user by showing the fake security warning in order to trick the user into agreeing with the warning and allowing the browser hijacker to be removed. 827ec27edc