Best free browser hijack removers?

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  1. nsa2301

    nsa2301 Guest

    Hi,

    I'm looking for the best free program(s) to remove browser hijacks. Any programs that you know of would be great. Whether they are stand alone or part of a program that has other functions, as long as they actually work at removing browser hijacks. Thanks very much.
     
  2. Primrose

    Primrose Registered Member

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    There is no best at the moment..and it all depends on your surfing habits. Try them all that you will find recommended here at Wilders in this forum and then used by members at this forum and you can not go wrong.

    ;)

    Your thrust in any cause should not be on removal..but rather prevention in the firsst place..and for that you can concentrate on taking some measure like this..
    Clear out your Temporary internet files and other temp files. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel >
    Internet Options. Under the General tab click the Delete temporary internet files,
    choose to delete all Offline content. Clear out Cookies.

    Also, go to Start > Find/search > Files or folders > in the named box, type: *.tmp and choose Edit > select all ->
    File > delete.

    Empty the contents of the C:\Windows\temp folder and C:\temp folder, if you have one.

    This one too if Win2K or XP.
    C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temp\

    Empty the Recycle Bin.

    This will result in your having to re-enter passwords at forums, banks, and the like.

    A small price to pay if it gets rid of any bad guys.

    Flush your restore points in ME and XP, by turning System Restore off and then back on.
    This will create a fresh restore point.

    Explained here:
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2001111912274039

    Also if you have sunjava installed it's cache should be cleared too.
    > control panel java-plugin > cache tab > hit clear!
    And make sure you have the latest version if you have sunjava.

    Adjust your security settings for ActiveX:
    a. Go to Internet Options/Security/Internet, press 'default level', then OK.
    Now press "Custom Level."
    In the ActiveX section, set/click the options as follows:
    Download signed ActiveX controls > prompt
    Download unsigned ActiveX controls > disable
    Initialize and Script ActiveX controls not marked as safe > disable
    b. In your Restricted Sites Zone set everything that can be to "disable". Set anything that cannot be disabled to "prompt".
    c. Never add any site to your Trusted Sites Zone.

    I would also recommend, In your own self defense and to reduce the potential for spyware infection in the future, installing both SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard.

    SpywareBlaster and SpywareGuard are by JavaCool and both are free programs. SpywareBlaster will prevent spyware from being installed and consumes no system resources. SpywareGuard offers realtime protection from spyware installation and browser hijack attempts. Both have free ongoing updates.

    More info and download is available at:
    SpywareBlaster: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=2859
    SpywareGuard: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=3045

    Maybe consider this as well:
    IE-SPYAD puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone, so you'll be protected when you visit
    innocent-looking sites that aren't really innocent at all.
    http://www.spywarewarrior.com/uiuc/resource.htm
    Also some info on that page to tighten your IE security.

    Be sure to also keep up with Windows and IE updates.

    Windows security and critical updates.
    http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp

    Internet Explorer security and critical updates.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.asp

    Keep all of these programs updated, its free.
     
  3. Bethrezen

    Bethrezen Registered Member

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