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A browser hijacker (sometimes called hijackware) is a type of malware program that alters the user's computer's browser settings so that the user can be redirected to websites on the Internet that the user had no intention of visiting. Most browser hijackers alter default home pages and search pages to those of their customers, who pay for that service because of the traffic it generates. More virulent versions often: add bookmarks for bad Web sites to the users' own bookmark collection; generate pop-up windows faster than the user can click them shut; and redirect users to bad sites when they inadvertently mistype a URL or enter a URL without the www. preface.[1] Poorly coded browser hijackers, which, unsurprisingly, are common and may also slow the user's computer down and cause browser crashes. Some browser hijackers can claim that the user will win money for searching in the virus. But, instead they steal the user's money and info. Swagbucks is a scam that claims thousands of people have won money, but, really, they stole those people's money

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  1. What is a browser hijacker? Whatis.com