What Is Browser Hijacking And How To Recover From It

Browser hijacking is one of the most annoying problems that an Internet user can face. When you open your Internet browser to read the news – porn shows up. You try to check your email – porn shows up. You try to access Facebook – porn shows up. Browser hijacking software is very aggressive advertising software; it is downloaded to the user’s computer system when a website that contains malicious software is accessed.

This kind of software can alter the browser’s homepage address, so that when the user clicks on the homepage icon, he is redirected to another website. It prevents navigation to anti-spyware and other security sites, and slows down system operations as well.

If you are bombarded with endless popup windows and suspect that your browser has been hijacked, hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete and click on Task Manager, then select the Processes tab. If you’re using Internet Explorer, click on iexplore.exe and then hit the End Process button.

To prevent further popups, click on the Tools and select Internet Options. After that, go to the Privacy tab and tick on the box underneath “Pop-up Blocker”.

If there is still a problem, then you need to scan your computer in safe mode. Restart your computer, and press the F8 key repeatedly when the system starts up with a display screen. The Windows boot menu will come up. Select Safe Mode and hit Enter.

Once Windows has started in safe mode, open Microsoft Security Essentials (you should have this installed already), and run a full scan. It is useful for detecting and removing most malicious software on your computer.

Microsoft Security Essentials

You can also use multiple antivirus/spyware remover programs – one at a time – to identify and delete any remaining malicious software. Some useful ones include Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Ad-Aware Free Internet Security. Make sure to restart your computer in normal mode when you’re done, and scan it again to ensure that there is no malware left.

Should all those methods above fail, open the Start menu and type in ‘regedit’. In the registry editor, press Ctrl+F and type in the URL of the website that you are redirected to by the browser hijacker. If you find any entry, delete it and press F3 to continue searching. After deleting all similar entries, empty the recycle bin and restart the computer.

Don’t forget to update your antivirus regularly after this and never open or visit links online that you don’t trust.

This is a guest post by Dickey. Dickey is a software engineer and the owner of System Tool. He shares useful Windows applications and also Malware Removal Guides through his website.

How To Enable Private Browsing On Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer

Secure BrowsingWeb browsers have become an integral part of our lives and for a lot of people, a browser is the only way they interact with their computer.  For example, if you’re reading this post, chances are you’re using an Internet browser to read it. While you may not realize, all internet browsers collect and store a lot of information while you surf the Internet. Some of this information, like web page caching, is used for speeding up your experience surfing the web but other bits and pieces can be used to track your behaviour online, log you in automatically to websites and in general, help websites, or other individuals using your computer, identify your online behaviour.

If you only use your own computer to surf the web, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re someone who’s paranoid about their security, most browsers also give you a way to disable this behaviour. Safari calls it the Private Browsing mode, On Chrome it is known as the incognito mode and Internet Explorer prefers the term InPrivate browsing. In this post, we’ll teach you how to enable the private browsing mode for your preferred browser so that the next time you’re browsing the internet from a public computer, you can be sure to not leave any breadcrumbs behind. Ok, that was a little cheesy but you get the drift !

Enable Private Browsing On Safari

Safari is probably the easiest when it comes to enabling the private browsing mode since it actually features a menu item under the Safari menu for precisely this purpose. Click on the Safari menu and select the Private Browsing option and you’re done.

Safari - Private Browsing

Incognito Mode On Google Chrome

Google’s Chrome Internet browser is fast gaining on the popularity charts and for good reason. It is incredibly fast and lightweight and still manages to pack in all the power features that it’s more mature competitors sport, including a private browsing mode that Google calls the incognito mode. To enable an incognito session on Chrome, just press the Ctrl+Shit+N key combination whenever you’re using Chrome and the browser will open a new window for you to surf privately. You can also open an incognito window from the File menu.

Chrome - Incognito Mode

Private Browsing On Firefox

Firefox is the only browser, among those that I use, that thinks of the Private Browsing mode as a “Tool”, instead of a “feature”. That is evident from the fact that, on Firefox, the option to start a private browsing session is present under the Tools menu rather than the File menu.

Firefox - Private Browsing Mode

InPrivate Browsing On Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has been quite late in catching up with the other browsers but with version 8, the grand-daddy of internet browsers also has a private browsing mode called the InPrivate mode. To activate the InPrivate mode, simply use the ctrl+shift+P key combination.

We’ve covered the top 4 Internet browsers in this post, but if you use any other browsers that have a similar feature please let us know in the comments.

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Run Windows inside your browser with Windows4All

windows4all.com

Windows4All is an awesome Microsoft Silverlight powered online operating system. The website simulates a complete operating system inside your browser and actually does a pretty good job of it.

The application is made to look like a default Windows Vista install and the simulation is so good that if you make the browser go full screen (F11), you might not even notice that what you’re using is only a virtual OS.

The default view comes loaded with a lot of applications to hold your fancy including an RSS reader, a Rich text editor, Paint, a media player and even a couple of games like Chess, Solitaire and Spider.

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Code in PHP from anywhere using PHPanywhere

phpanywhereWhy would you need to use PHPanywhere to code in PHP from anywhere ? Of course, you can code in PHP from anywhere – As long as you have php installed on the machine that you happen to be using. And also have access to the scripts that you want to work on. Also, working without your favorite IDE can be a problem. Correct ?

PHPanywhere changes the equation just a little bit. It lets you code in PHP using your web browser, and the only thing you need access to is the Internet.

PHPanywhere is a web based IDE – integrated development environment, for PHP. And it’s a pretty good one, with built in support for syntax highlighting, smart indentation, undo/redo, find and replace and a full fledged FTP client. And like all good things in life, it is free to use.

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