Browser Hijack

Browser hijacking is a computer hack tactic where certain elements in a webpage seemingly take over your computer. Lately it has been very common to hear of someone who has a warning screen on their computer stating that they have a virus. The user will not usually be able to close this window, and the only way out is to call a 1-800 phone number given in the message.

If you call the phone number, the person at the other end will seem to have all of the answers and will be prompt to assist you with the problem. In all actuality, that person is going to lead you to having more trouble that you already have and will charge you money for doing so. If you follow his or her lead, they will request remote control over your computer. This should be your Red Flag!!!

If this happens to you, the first thing that you want to do is try and close your browser. But do not use the buttons provided on the screen. If this is not an option, the next step will be to hold your power button down until the computer shuts down. But I only recommend this as a last resort.

When you turn your computer back on, your web browser will think that your computer crashed and will offer to restore the previous session of websites. Do not allow this to happen or you will be back to square one!

Below are some examples of what to watch for:

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