It is evident that most people have had their share of untoward incidents of opening their browsers and being re-directed towards another site other than their set homepage. Nope, the computer settings are not to be blamed, but rather possibly visiting a site which automatically changes the start page towards a site which is up to no good.
Avoiding such browser hijacking will be of different norms. For one, watch the clicking of pop-ups or queries that would usually ensue from an unknown site. Once a computer is infected, the need to resort to third party tools such as Adaware or Spyware Doctor to fix the problem would be needed.
For extreme measures, manual removal of such implanted files can be done as well. But for people who have issues with these, the best way is to delete all the Internet Cookies and Temporary folder initially. This alone will show the infected files so that they can be identified and contained.
[tags]spyware, malware, adaware, browser hijack, pop-ups[/tags]