Related to homepage hijackers are browser hijackers, which kick in when you type a bad URL (usually as the result of a misspelling) or visit a targeted website (see Thiefware). Browser hijackers will then redirect your page to a search engine or sometimes simply just a page of ads.
Hijackers may also route all of your website requests through an unknown third-party for tracking. Aside from being an invasion of privacy, this can dramatically slow down your browser.
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