BrowserProtect is an extension compatible with various browsers that protects it’s users against browser hijacking.
What is browser hijacking ?
Browser hijacking, is the modification of a web browser‘s settings by malware, spyware or a virus. The term “hijacking” is used as the changes are performed without the user’s permission. Additionally, the malicious code can modify the HTML rendered in the browser in order to lure the user.
Usually it 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.
Some browser hijacking can be easily reversed, while other instances may be difficult to reverse. Various software packages exist to prevent such modification.
What is BrowserProtect ?
BrowserProtect is a browser anti-hijack solution to protect your browser against obtrusive attempts to hijack your browser settings like home page, search providers and address bar search.
That said BrowserProtect is an out-of-the-box solution, there’s really little to configure, and it runs in the background, making sure you’re not getting hijacked. Whenever a hijack threat appears BrowserProtect will surface an alert specifying its details so you can you choose whether to accept or block it.
BrowserProtect though useful, seems to me a bit superfluous especially considering extensions like WOT which do a great job at keeping you alert in case of a weird website, but then again it’s not specifically designed for browser hijacking prevention.