A browser hijacking often occurs when a web browser add-on changes a user’s browser settings to spoofed websites, capturing sensitive or private data.
Even if the malware is removed, the settings may default to the malware’s browser settings after every reboot.
The ways that a browser hijacking can interfere with a user include:
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- Causing browser instability, errors, and performance problems
- Impacting browser
- Blocking favorite or frequently visited sites or causing web queries to fail
- Block data submission
- Steal personal or sensitive information
- Installing adware, keyloggers, or ransomware.
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