By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Gina_Alessia]Gina Alessia
Browser hijacking can ruin your whole day and leave your head filled with evil thoughts toward the perpetrators. But there are other, simpler ways to deal with it beside tracking down and killing someone (even if they really DO desperately deserve it!) There are several good programs you can use to fix hijacks, some better than others. Here we will discuss the better ones.
For what it is worth, the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure definitely applies here and the probability of getting a browser hijack is directly related to your own personal browsing habits. Neerdowells such as those who host attack sites tend to keep to the things they know best, most of which can be categorized under the topics of 'illegal' or 'questionable ethics'. So it stands to reason that if you are looking for something in one of those categories you are far more likely to run across a browser hijack than if you keep to the straight and narrow. You don't want to be your own worst enemy after all. But even the best of us can on occasion stray from the beaten path and run into problems. If you have been hijacked you will want to take measures to prevent it from happening again and sadly enough, staying away from 'those type of sites' is the best way to accomplish this.
And, as always, you really need to run anti-virus and anti-spyware programs BEFORE a problem comes up. But right here and now you are faced with the problem of 'what to do to fix it?'
If your browser has been hijacked and you don't already have repair programs installed you may be up against the wall. Many hijackers actively prevent you from visiting sites where you can download the cure, which means you will have to get on another system, download the programs and install them to the infected machine from a removable drive. The programs you should probably look far are SpyBot Search and Destroy, Ad-Aware, Malware Bytes and Autoruns. And there's also one named Hijack This. Each of these are excellent programs and can catch some, but probably not all browser hijacks. (An important word of caution: Many malicious programs pose as being anti-virus/anti-spyware programs. The ones listed here are known to be safe. If you use something else you are doing so at your own risk.)
Spybot works by both scanning your files and 'immunizing them', which prevents them from being infected later. Ad-Aware works similarly, as does Malware Bytes. Each of these however is limited to how current the threat database is and whether or not the programmers have worked out a solution. Some hijackers are downright mean when it comes to being removed! Autoruns is somewhat different in that it allows you to see what programs are loaded at system startup and simply prevent them from running. EVER. End of story. There are times where this is the only way that a bad program can be removed (and in the case of other programs you might use, it is the reason they tell you your system must be restarted before the disinfection can be completed.) If the malware has coded into it that it may not be stopped or deleted after it has started, there's nothing you can do about it unless you can stop it from starting in the first place. Autoruns puts you, the user in control of this procedure.
One way this happens is that Autoruns allows you to change the view so that signed entries are hidden, enabling you to quickly focus on ones that are possible causes of trouble.
While writing this I couldn't help but think of Robert Deniro and how a character he might play would deal with a browser hijack. It's a shame we can't just gun the people who do it down while saying, 'Hijack this!!' But at least there are some real-life, workable options, such as those listed above.
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