Often times, we browse the internet and come across something that sounds too good to be true. We download it, and all of a sudden now our computer is acting strange. Viruses, trojans, malware, adware, spyware, the list goes on and on.
Protecting yourself from attacks is crucial in order to prevent these intrusions. Unfortunately, even the most robust antivirus programs and firewalls fail in certain circumstances. The newest malicious exploit can sometimes take programs such as Norton AntiVIrus or McAfee weeks to issue a patch. More often than not, solo developers with technology savvy backgrounds are the ones to solve the problem first. FireFox and Internet Explorer are two examples of programs that have been patched by individuals first before their software industry counterparts.
If your browser’s homepage has been hijacked, you’re in luck. This is an old exploit and is easily fixed. The threat level is very low, and since the homepage is actually stored in a small text file (Firefox) or the Windows registry (Internet Explorer), you don’t usually need more than a few clicks to reset it back to whatever it was before. More often than not, the only thing that was compromised was the homepage so it’s nothing more than a slight annoyance.
What if that’s not the case? What if you reset the homepage and then the next time you open the browser, it’s been hijacked again? Well, there’s a fix for that too.
The tool you’re going to need is called the Homepage Recovery Tool. It’s a small piece of freeware that has a nifty little feature to override unauthorized homepage changes. Follow these three steps to retrieve your hijacked homepage:
Step 1: Download the Homepage Recovery Tool, and be sure it is running.
Step 2: You have two options here. You can click the RECOVER button, and the program will try and recover the previous homepage you had before it was hijacked. This doesn’t always work, but it is worth a shot. If it works, copy and paste that URL into the RESET NEW HOMEPAGE text box.
Step 3: In the OPTIONS section, check the DISALLOW UNAUTHORIZED CHANGES TO HOMEPAGE and select your browser. If you’ve been hijacked on both Internet Explorer and Firefox, simply select one of them, click RESET, and then click the other and RESET that one.
Note: Be sure you have fully closed out of any instances of your web browser before running this program; otherwise it may not work correctly.
The Homepage Recovery Tool makes the process of retrieving a hijacked homepage a piece of cake. Again, this is an old technique and is not as dangerous as it once was. In the past, internet browsers were much more vulnerable, but today this little issue can be solved with a simple tool.