hijacker

a.k.a. browser hijacker

A "hijacker" is a type of spyware designed by certain online publishers that allow them to snoop on your browsing activity, invade your privacy, and flood you with those annoying pop-up ads.

A few of the symptoms are:
* Changing your "search" page to THEIR "pay-per-click" search page
* Changing your default homepage to another page (often porn sites)
* Transmitting Web sites you have viewed to their company servers

Increasingly, most users on the Internet are infected with these applications which are also transmitted via Trojans, worms, malicious cookies, and keyloggers.

The solution is to download a program to help rid your computer of these online pests. For more info about hijackers, spyware, adware and the like, click on the "more info" button below!

See also : adware  hijackware  

NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon

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