Beware of Website asking For Windows Credentials

If you get a message in your browser asking for your Windows credentials, you might be getting browser hijacked. These pop ups are trying to trick you into giving your Windows credentials to a malicious site. The prompt sometimes will be smart enough to recognize fake credentials.

So how do you stop this? The best way to get out of the prompt is to kill your browser in task manager. To do this, open Task Manager by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del then selecting Task Manager or by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager directly. Then you can find your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, etc.) and select “End Task”. This should close your browser and get you out of the message.

What is a Browser Hijack?

A browser hijack as defined by Norton is “form of unwanted software that modifies a web browser’s settings without the user’s permission”. The result of a browser hijack usually places unwanted advertisements or takes users to fake websites disguising as legitimate pages.

Ways to Prevent Browser Hijack

Here are some steps you can take to lower the risk of getting browser hijacked.

Use Antivirus Software

The most important thing is making sure you have reliable and up to date antivirus software. Some antivirus software will also offer real-time protection, which can detect and block you from going to malicious sites.

Install a Browser Extension Like AdBlock to Block Ads

Since AdBlock blocks ads from appearing on websites, using it will also prevent malicious ads from appearing on websites. This in turn will help you to steer clear of any accidental clicks on a malicious ad.

Keep Your Browser and Operating System Updated

Periodically manufacturers will release updates for their software that fix critical security flaws. It is important to stay up to date, so you are not vulnerable to these exploits.

Be Cautious When Downloading Software from the Internet

Some software will include adware or spyware that will hijack your browser. You may notice things like your search engine changed, or a toolbar that you didn’t install. Always make sure you read the fine print when installing applications, as some legitimate software may bundle some browser hijacking software. Usually, you can opt out of uninstalling the extra software manually.