What is a browser hijacker
Thofandew.com will perform modifications to your browser which is why it is classified as a browser hijacker. You probably installed some kind of free software recently, and it probably had the browser hijacker added to it. If you don’t want these kinds of threats to inhabit your OS, you need to pay attention to what type of applications you install. Thofandew.com isn’t the most harmful infection but its behavior will get on your nerves. Your browser’s home website and new tabs will be changed, and a strange web page will load instead of your usual page. Your search engine will also be modified into one that will be able to inject advertisement content into results. You will be rerouted to sponsored websites as more traffic for those web pages means more money for owners. Some of those redirects might redirect to insecure web pages, so be careful not to get a serious infection. The malware infection that you could get might bring about much more serious outcomes, so ensure you avoid it. Redirect viruses like to pretend they have handy features but they’re easily replaceable with trustworthy add-ons, which will not bring about weird reroutes. You may also notice more personalized sponsored content, and that is because the hijacker is gathering data about you and following your searches. Suspicious third-parties could also get access to that information. Therefore, you are recommended to terminate Thofandew.com, before it could affect your machine more severely.
How does it behave
Freeware bundles is the likely way your machine got infected. We don’t think that people would install them knowingly, so freeware packages is the most likely method. This method is effective because users are inattentive, don’t read the info provided and are generally careless during application installation. The items are hidden and if you rush, you have no chance of seeing them, and you not seeing them means their installation will be authorized. Default mode will conceal the items, and by choosing them, you might infect your device with all types of unwanted offers. Ensure you always pick Advanced or Custom mode, as the items will be visible only there. If you do not wish to deal with unnecessary installations, make sure you always uncheck the offers. After all the offers have been unchecked, you may continue installing the free program. We do not think you want to be spending time trying to deal with it, so it would be best if you blocked the threat in the first place. Furthermore, you need to be more careful about where you get your programs from as suspicious sources could lead to malicious software infections.
If a hijacker manages to install, it’s doubtful you would not know. It will alter browser’s settings without first asking you so your home web page, new tabs and search engine will be modified to show an unknown page. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will be included in the list of browsers affected. And unless you first uninstall Thofandew.com from the device, you’ll have to deal with the site loading every time your browser is launched. Each time you modify the settings, the hijacker will just modify them again. Browser redirects also alter default search engines, so it wouldn’t be surprising if when you search for something through browser address bar, a weird web page will greet you. You’ll happen upon advertisement content inserted in the results, seeing as hijackers aim to redirect to certain web pages. These kinds of infections have an intention of increasing traffic for certain pages so that more money from advertisements is made. After all, increased traffic means more people on ads, meaning more profit. They will probably have nothing to do with your initial search inquiry, so it should not be difficult to make a distinction between valid results and sponsored ones, and they’ll likely be pointless to you. There will be cases, however, where they could appear legitimate in the beginning, if you were to search ‘malware’, pages endorsing fake security applications might come up, and they may seem to be real in the beginning. You should also take into account that hijackers are able to redirect to malware sheltering pages. Your browsing activity will also be monitored, data about what you would be interested in collected. The acquired data could also be shared with various third-parties, who would use it for their own purposes. The data is also possibly used by the redirect virus to make content that would interest you. We are sure that the browser hijacker does not belong on your device, so terminate Thofandew.com. After the process is finished, you should be authorized to undo the modifications carried out by the redirect virus.
It would be best if you take care of the infection as soon as you notice it, so erase Thofandew.com. Depending on on your computer experience, you can pick from manual and automatic methods to cleanse the browser hijacker from your operating system. Manual method includes you identifying the threat and taking care of it yourself. If you have never dealt with this type of thing before, below this article you will find guidelines to aid you, while the process shouldn’t cause too much difficulty, it may take more time than you expect. If you follow them step-by-step, you ought to not run into problems. If the guidelines are not clear, or if you are otherwise struggling with the process, the other method may be a better choice. You may download spyware removal software and have it take care of the infection for you. If it identifies the infection, authorize it to get rid of it. Try modifying your browser’s settings, if what you modify isn’t reversed, the infection was successfully removed. The hijacker is still present on the machine if what you change in settings is nullified. Try to avoid these types of infections in the future, and that means you should pay closer attention during program installation. If you want to have an uncluttered computer, you need to have good computer habits.