Actually it’s not that difficult to find if your web browser is hacked. Web browser hijacking is a very serious issue, especially when your personal and other login information is beneficial for someone. Hackers can penetrate into your browser and make it remotely controllable. As a result, you can lose your personal and confidential login information.
This is the major reason I always insist to use most secure web browser for PC. Smartphone Browser hacking could also expose your personal information and credit card details present in your Smartphone. To combat this, I recommend to use secure and private web browser for Smartphone.
Anyways, here I’ll discuss the procedure and simple tips that you can use to identify if your web browser is hacked or not, irrespective which web browser or on what Operating System you’re using it at.
If your browser’s security is already compromised then you’ll notice an unfamiliar behavior by your browser. I will discuss common issues and observations which affirms the web browser hacking.
This help will be applicable on browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Yandex, UC Browser and many others, on platform like Windows, Android, and iOS machines. So, let’s get start!
5 Signs when Your Browser is Hacked & Simple Fixes
No. 1: When a Browser Opens a Different Homepage
Most of us has set Google.com as our browser’s homepage. But sometimes we observe that our homepage is changed automatically with some other search engine or unknown web page. We simply ignore it and change it back to google.com from browser’s settings option. So what do you think what made your browser to had that change?
Web browser is not smart enough to initiate a self-decided homepage change. It means there is something fishy somewhere in your system that took control over your browser settings and made that change. This is the first and most common alarm that your browser security is compromised.
Solution: Whenever you observer any such change. Go to control panel of your click on uninstall a program link (for windows users). It will open a list of software that you’ve installed so far. Look into the list and locate those software that you’re not familiar with. Or find those which are showing any similarity with the changed homepage of your browser. Pick them up and click on uninstall button.
Sometimes it’s very hard to locate malware program especially when you’ve a really big list of installed software. In this situation, right click on this control panel page and sort items according to the installation date and time. Now the items which are recently installed will appear at top. Select them and uninstall them.
No. 2: When Your Browser Insists on URL Redirecting
This is another common thing that indicated browser hacking. Sometimes when you enter a URL it open an unfamiliar webpage instead of the desired one. For example, you intended to open Gmail.com but it ends up in opening a webpage which is eagerly inviting you install a software because your PC is at high security risk.
Or it’ll be giving a really nice discount on your favorite products etc. A few days back same thing happened with me when I was trying to open my FB but ended up on a blog post which was promising to minimize my electricity charges if I install that software.
Solution: In this situation, don’t try to reload webpage. It’ll open the same page again and again. Just close it and retype the URL of destination webpage that you wanted open. If it again open the same scam page then just quite your browser and follow previously mentioned control panel method to uninstall malware software. After uninstalling, reboot your device. I hope it’ll solve your problem.
No. 3: When Browser Shows Annoying Popups
Sometimes we observe different kinds of popup notifications. Usually asking to install a plugin of sort of stuff. It’s really annoying when we’re doing some serious work. It diverts concentration because we’ve to manually close these small windows.
Sometimes there is not even a visible close option. We click on and divert to some other webpage. This also indicates that our web browser security is compromised.
Solution: Install a good popup blocker extension in your browser. Also go to your browser extensions and see if there is any unfamiliar extension or plugin which automatically got installed. If so then remove it immediately. It might be the cause of these annoying popups.
No. 4: When Browser Shows Random Security Alerts
This is also something similar to popup notifications, but much dodgy in fact. Because these security alerts usually appear to be very appealing. Many users fall into their traps because of their convincing look. For example, it may be showing a link to install an antivirus which will scan and protect your computer form malware.
It may show a fake system alert showing red colored indicator that your computer is at high risk. Whatever they show, just don’t pay attention. Why would they be so careful about your system security? They just want to install their program so that they can control your browser or PC or make it suitable to automatically install further programs from them.
Solution: Don’t ever install any such software or program. Don’t even click on any security alert or popup notification. If you accidently installed anything then simply go to control panel and uninstall it ASAP.
If you think you can’t sort out the problem and your browser continues behaving unfamiliarly then simply uninstall your browser and install it again. Following are some tips and suggestion that will help you regarding your browser’s and system’s security.
- Always perform full system scan usually after one week.
- Keep checking settings and extensions of your web browser and observe if any unfamiliar thing get installed automatically.
- Keep your browser updated to the latest version
- Install a good ad blocker and popup blocker extension
- Keep checking windows’ PC issues flag (in taskbar).
Okay. this is what all I can help you identify if your browser is hijacked and fix with easy to understand ways. If you like my article, please do share it with those you’re concerned about. I would like you to share your feedback in below comment box.