June 2020 Security Awareness

Browser Hi-Jacking

This happens when a hacker installs unwanted software that modifies a web browser’s setting without your permission. These attacks are meant to either direct you to a malicious web page or lure you into letting someone remote into your computer (fake support request).

Signs of browser hi-jacking:

  • Unwanted ads displayed as a popup window.
  • Homepage changed to a different web page.
  • Additional toolbars added to the the browser.
  • Extremely slow loading pages.
  • Default search engine changed.
Preventing browser hi-jacking.
  • Don’t click on suspicious links in emails or browser windows.
  • Don’t install software you don’t trust, and even if you trust the software, watch for additional adware being installed (see image below).
  • Ensure you have current anti-virus/anti-malware installed.
If you suspect that your browser has been hi-jacked.
Example of Software install ready to install adware.

Examples of Adware or Browser Hi-Jacking.