Why is my computer jumping to other websites? Here’s the answer

Aleksandar Ognjanovic
by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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Unknowingly, we can get ourselves in all kinds of sauce online. However, stories about the grandeur of the internet malice are not true. If you’re, say, experiencing frequent jumps to other websites while browsing the internet, this hardly means that you’re infected by a virus.

However, the spectrum of malicious software covers all kinds of applications and extensions which can stop your current session and redirect you to god knows where.

We made sure to provide a detailed explanation in order to help you protect against these threats.

My browser automatically redirects to other sites

  1. What to do if your browser jumps to strange websites uncontrollably
  2. How to block adware pop-ups and remove browser hijackers

1. What to do if your browser jumps to strange websites uncontrollably

For the unfamiliar, the internet can be a dangerous place. Not as dangerous as some would assume, but still requires certain knowledge about possible threats.

The threat we’ll try and explain today is a redirecting pop-up which appears suddenly and redirects you to a third-party site. You’ll either be redirected or a new window will appear.  And that’s where the possible issues occur.

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Usually, you can close the window or just go back to a previous website, but there are various schemes they apply to avoid that. Firstly, the suspicious website usually opens in a new window and sometimes you’re not even aware. Or they redirect you directly to a new website swarming with ads.

The other option is almost certainly a browser hijacker’s deed. Browser hijackers are a piece of malicious software which infiltrates your internet browser and takes control of some of its features. They tend to replace the home page with a website usually crowded with ads.

Also, they might add an extension, usually a search bar of a kind. It can also spy on you and hunt the banking credentials to get the hold of your funds. Even though this is rare, we still suggest avoiding typing passwords if you recognize the presence of a browser hijacker.

But, don’t worry. If you don’t click anywhere, they’re just a harmless piece of adware. Close the browser and let it be until we remove all threats.

2. How to block adware pop-ups and remove browser hijackers

Let’s start with the essential actions. You’ll need an antivirus, whether that’s a third-party antivirus or Windows-native Windows Defender. In addition, you’ll have better success with clearing PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) with the dedicated application, like AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes.

Uninstalling all suspicious applications is a must also. And, finally, once you’ve dealt with that, we suggest installing a browser extension which prevents pop-ups while browsing. Ad-blockers will do the job most of the time.

Here’s how to scan your computer for malicious presence with Windows Defender:

  1. Open Windows Defender from the taskbar notification area.
  2. Choose Virus & threat protection.virus & threat protection
  3. Choose Scan options.virus & threat protection - scan options
  4. Select Windows Defender Offline Scan.
  5. Click Scan now.
  6. Your PC will restart and the scanning process will commence.

And this is how to use AdwCleaner:

  1. Download Malwarebytes AdwCleaner, here.
  2. Run the tool and click Scan Now.malwarebytes adwcleaner
  3. Wait until the tool scans your system and click Clean & Repair.
  4. Restart your PC.

After that, the only thing left is to pay attention when online. If you visit a site full of ads, don’t click around and, if possible, use adblocker as much as possible. Make sure to tell us whether this was an informative read in the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2018 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.