Internet Browsers have been Hijacked

Discussion in 'macOS' started by blazingriver, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. blazingriver macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2013
    Recently, all the homepages and default search bars on all my browsers got changed to Yahoo. When I opened firefox, it was the only browser to report the potential 'spigot' hijack. [​IMG] :confused:.

    Is this harmful to my computer since it seems to redirect me to Yahoo Search
    (which doesn't seem harmful apart from the bit at the end of the urls).
    The urls are... [​IMG]

    Also are there any further steps or precautions I should take to resolve this hijack other than by simply changing my default browser and search bar? Thanks.
  2. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2007
    Aalborg, Denmark
    You should go through your browser add-ons and check if there are some that you don't recognize right away. According to a website I found by using Bing and the search term "spigot redirect" Website: It could be a browser toolbar or add-on that does this.

    There's more information on that website than what I just wrote down here.

    I know the website I direct you to sounds dodgy - what a name - maybe you can use any other search machine other than yahoo to locate a better site that explains things better than the above website.

    To quote the first few lines of the site:

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