Free tool fights hijacker threat

Anti-spyware maker, PC Tools, has released a free download to combat a new browser hijacker making its way across the Internet.

PC Tools spokesperson Magida Ezzat did not disclose specific details about the name of the threat "for competitive reasons", but said the hijacker threats can target anyone -- even those with anti-spyware installed on their PCs -- as they browse search engines, online stores, news sites, or any other popular site.

Sites like Yahoo, Google, Looksmart, CNN and Citibank have all been affected, she said.

When a user with an infected computer browses a site, they will see key words on an otherwise legitimate site, such as CNN (click here for an example), highlighted. However, those highlighted words do not take the user to a genuine link associated with that site, but to an external site; in this case ipcons.biz.

Alternatively, users can also be subjected to continuous pop-ups from the same ipcons.biz site.

The removal tool, Hijack Guard, can be downloaded at http://www.pctools.com/hijack-guard/. Ezzat said users did not need to be users of PC Tools' Spyware Doctor program to use the tool. It is free for anyone to use.

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