A Browser Hijacking often occurs when a web browser add-on changes a web user’s browser settings to change the default home, error, or search pages to spoofed websites while capturing sensitive or private data.
Often the infected Web browser may default to the malware’s browser settings after every reboot, even if the malware is removed and the settings are manually readjusted.
The ways that a browser hijacking can interfere with a user include:
- Cause browser instability problems, repeated errors, and general performance problems
- Impacting browser
- Blocking favorite or frequently visited sites or causing web queries to fail
- Block data submission
- Steal personal or sensitive information
- Sideload or install of adware, keyloggers, or ransomware.