Browser Helper Objects
What is Browser Helper Object?
Browser Helper Object which also abbreviated as BHO is just a small program that acts as an internet browser help object and runs every time automatically when browser is started. For example, Google Toolbar is a browser helper object that enables users to perform Google searches through toolbar which contains other additional features. But unfortunately most of them are malicious in nature that hijacks browser and make the user visit the site that they may not want to. BHO tracks which advertisements you see as you surf the web and displays more of that to facilitate malicious activities.
Browser Helper Object Detection
You will be able to detect Browser Helper Object on the top of your Internet browser. If you see any of the add-on objects that you don’t want it to be there, your PC is installed with malicious BHO.
Browser Helper Object Symptoms
Your Internet browser will begin to display more advertisements that you do not expect. Your internet browser will work slow and will respond late.
Browser Helper Object Distribution
There are several ways by which your PC may get infected with Browser Helper Object. It can enter in your PC bundled with any shareware or freeware download that you perform. At times clicking links on deceptive pop-ups and ads can also download severe Browser Helper Objects on the computer system.
Browser Helper Object Prevention and Remedies
Since Browser Helper Objects are un-detectable, so it is really hard to prevent and remove them from PC completely. But you can still get rid of Browser Helper Object’s following methods mentioned below –
- Remain up to date with Windows security updates as they help you to improve your computer’s security and you will be safe.
- Install a good anti-spyware software on your PC which will act as a shield between your PC and Browser Helper Object and protect it from any Browser Helper Object inventions.
- Scan for Browser Helper Object’s and other threats on your PC on a regular basis at least once a week.
- Update your anti-spyware software definitions on a regular basis at least once a day. This will help you to detect new Browser Helper Object’s on your PC.