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Definition - What does Hijackware mean?

Hijackware is a type of malicious software that infects an Internet browser in order to display advertising and/or redirect the user to malicious or spammy websites. Hijackware takes control of a browser's settings to redirect the user to websites that are written by default into the hijackware's code.

Hijackware is also known as browser hijacking.

Techopedia explains Hijackware

Hijackware is a type of malware that only affects the Internet browser and its settings. This malware typically changes a user's preferred browser configurations, which may include changing the user's default homepage, adding a different default search engine, modifying bookmarks to add a malicious or undesired website and inserting browser tool bars. In most scenarios, hijackware comes as a bundled application that's hidden within a freeware browser application or add-on. Once the user installs the primary application, the hijackware is activated along with it.

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