Even if you’ve never heard of a “hijacked browser” before, you’d probably recognize the symptoms. They usually come in the form of an annoying webpage or pop-up that keeps endlessly replicating or redirecting you, and won’t let you navigate away no matter what you do. That’s a piece of malware that’s hijacking your browser and corrupting your settings. While it rarely causes permanent damage, it’s also very, very annoying. Some types of hijacking won’t go away even after you reboot your computer — and they certainly don’t care what you were working on.
Here are several methods of reclaiming your hijacked browser ASAP so you can get back to work!
Close the hijacked tab using a Favorite link (Edge)
If you use Windows 10, try using this quick Edge trick before you dive into more complex solutions. If it works, you’ll be able to shut down the hijacked tab in record time and get on with your business. Here’s how to do it:
It is often helpful, though not always necessary, to restart Windows 10 through the Start menu. There are many other ways to do this, however, if you can’t access the Start menu because of malware issues.
When you’re ready, go to your Favorites. If you aren’t sure where it is, search for “favorites” in the search box or go to Quick Access to find favorite pinned links. You’re looking for the folder that is a collection of URLs.
Open one of the Favorites URLs — it doesn’t matter which.
This will open Edge again, but with an additional tab for your Favorite link. The hijacked tab should still be there, right beside it. Without going to the hijacked page, click on the “X” on the hijacked tab to close it.
If successful, this will alleviate the issue so you can get you back to business. However, you probably shouldn’t visit that particular site again, and you may want to try some of our other steps to be on the safe side.