Today we will discuss about Browser Hijacking and its details. So we think before discussing Browser Hijacking you must know some definitions which will help you to understand this easily and we think if the netizens know this they will realize if this thing happens to them as now a days due to the strong anti viruses the cyber criminals are using this method to get the data of netizens during net surfing for exploiting them.
So Let’s start our discussion with the definitions:-
Browser: - What is Browser? It is we think known to all. It is an application program that provides a way to look at and interact with all the information on the World Wide Web. So web browser is a client program that uses HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) to make requests of Web servers throughout the Internet on behalf of the browser user.
Plug-in:- What is Plug-in? Plug-in applications are programs that can easily be installed and used as part of your Web browser. They are called helper applications and run as run as a separate application and require that a second window be opened. They add additional software to your computer when web page is accessed.
Active X: - What is Active X? ActiveX is a set of object-oriented programming (OOP) technologies and tools that Microsoft developed for Internet Explorer to facilitate rich media playback. ActiveX is Microsoft's technology for signing plug-ins.
Computer Parasites: - What is this? Computer parasites are unsolicited malicious programs, which are installed to the system without user knowledge and consent. Most of these threats silently run in background, so you can't notice them. If you have running suspicious processes, strange toolbars in your web browser, changed system settings, undesirable pop-ups or your system runs too slowly and unstably, then there is a huge possibility that your computer is infected with some parasites. Parasites affect mostly Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser.
And now we will come to our main point that is to make you understand clearly what Browser Hijacking is. We think we need not tell you what is hijacking as even the children of today know the term hijacking from the televisions and films. So we think you have already guessed what Browser Hijacking is. Suppose you wanted to go to London but but but you were forced to go to Lahore by the ………………….So who are they? Are they friends or foe? Definitely they are foe and they are criminals yes they are Hijackers. In the same way you opened your browser for visiting Google and your browser is opening page for Alkaida or Pornography. What is this? This is Browser hijacking.
What cyber world says about Browser Hijacking is that it is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in that modifies web browser settings in order to change default home, search or error page and redirect a user to undesirable Internet sites. The most generally accepted description for browser hijacking software is external code that changes your Internet Explorer settings. Generally your home page will be changed and new favorites will be added. Most browser hijackers take advantage of Internet Explorer's ability to run ActiveX scripts straight from a web page. Generally, these programs will request permission to install them via a popup that loads when you visit a certain site. If you accidentally give them permission to install, IE will execute the program on your computer, changing your settings. Others may use security holes within Internet Explorer to install themselves automatically without any user interaction at all. Worse, these can be launched from popup ad windows which the user has not even intended to view. (Source www.2-spyware.com)