GOOGLE, one of the most trusted brands continuously trying to keep its products more robust and secure for keeping its users safe.
Google honors vulnerability hunters under its Bug bounty program and not only that, the company also offer a huge amount of reward to hackers in 'Pwnium' hacking competition for finding critical vulnerability.
Browser hijacking is the modification of browser's settings, and the term "hijacking" is used when the changes performed without the user's permission. A browser hijacker may replace the existing home page, error page, or search page with its own. These are generally used to force hits to a particular website, increasing its advertising revenue i.e. Click jacking and_ Adware_.
A hijacker uses malicious software to change your internet security and registry settings to gain control over what and how your browser displays web content.
"So, you're trying to download a free screensaver or a game or something else you really want. But later you find out that the game came bundled with a malicious program that's trying to hijack your browser settings. You're not the only one having this problem, in fact, it's an issue that's continuing to grow at an alarming rate," Google said on its official blog.
Browser Hijacking is one of the top issues reported on browser forum. But from now, Windows chrome users will be prompted to reset the browser setting to factory default if the browser senses any sort of hijacking.
Users are free to opt whether to choose Reset and skip the option prompted based on their settings. The feature of the resetting chrome browser is not new, you can manually reset all the settings, plugins, and extensions to the default factory setting just by:
> chrome://settings > Show Advanced Settings > 'Reset browser Setting'
Once you reset the browser, it’ll disable all extension, theme or app you would have installed on it. You can enable apps manually visiting chrome://extensions/ page. You may require restarting the browser for enjoying enabled apps.