What is Jackyhillty.net
Jackyhillty.net is a website that will be set as your homepage, new tabs and search engine if a certain browser hijacker installs on your computer. Browser hijackers are pretty minor computer infections that make unwanted changes to browser’s settings without users’ permission. The said changes are made so the hijacker could redirect you to sponsored websites, which is its main purpose.
(Malwarebytes Screen marked Jackyhillty.net as Trojan)
Hijackers aren’t particularly dangerous by themselves but they can expose you to unreliable and potentially dangerous content. The hijacker will try to redirect you to strange websites by modifying search results, and some of those sites could be hiding malware or promoting scams.
(Virustotal.com Image – 2020-04-21 09:54:39 UTC 5 AV marked as Malware)
If you find that Jackyhillty.net has been set as your homepage, you likely recently installed free software. Free programs often come with additional offers (usually adware, browser hijackers and PUPs) attached. If you fail to deselect them, they will install alongside. However, because those offers are hidden, users simply do not notice them. Continue reading to find out how you can prevent these unwanted installations in the future.
The easiest way to remove Jackyhillty.net hijacker would be to use anti-spyware software. The program would take care of everything, and you could go back to regular browsing in no time.
Are browser hijackers dangerous?
As soon as the hijacker installs onto your computer, it will make changes to your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers. Jackyhillty.net will be set as your homepage, new tabs and search engine. You will not be able to undo these changes while the hijacker is still installed. Until you get rid of it, every time you open your browser, you’ll be redirected to Jackyhillty.net.
Using this questionable search engine is not a good idea because search results will be modified. Since hijackers aim to redirect users to sponsored content, they modify search results to include links to those sponsored sites. They’re usually pretty obvious because they have little to do with the initial search. Clicking on any of those sponsored results is not a good idea because there is no way of knowing whether the site you will end up on is safe.
Hijackers aren’t dangerous by themselves but they can redirect you to dangerous sites. Pressing on the wrong result in a search while a hijacker is installed could lead you to sites concealing malware or promoting some kind of scam.
Browser hijackers are also known to collect information about users. They track what sites you visit, what you search for, your IP address, etc. This information can later be shared with or sold to unknown third-parties.
How do browser hijackers install
Browser hijackers, adware and other similar potentially unwanted programs use software bundling to install. Since users would not install them willingly, a sneakier method is used to bypass users. Software bundling is basically adding additional items to programs. Those additional items are pre-selected by default and set to install alongside without users needing to agree to it. This method is particularly popular among unwanted program developers because it allows them to sneak past users.
Fortunately, it’s not difficult to prevent these offers from installing if you know how. Paying attention to how you install programs is essential, as is choosing Advanced (Custom) settings instead of Default. Advanced settings will display everything that has been added, and you will have the option of deselecting everything. Simply uncheck the boxes of those offers, and you can continue installing the program.
Since the majority of free programs will have extra offers attached to them, you always need to pay attention. It takes seconds and barely any effort to deselect the offers, compared to having to uninstall the infections once they’ve already installed on your computer. So if you want to avoid rubbish on your computer, take care how you install programs.
As we’ve said above, the easiest way to remove Jackyhillty.net hijacker would be to use anti-spyware software. The program would take care of everything without you needing to do anything. You can try to uninstall Jackyhillty.net manually, but you will need to find and get rid of all its files.