How to uninstall Protect My Search Daily

Also Known As: protectmysearchdaily.com redirect
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Protect My Search Daily browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Protect My Search Daily?

Protect My Search Daily supposedly prevents users from visiting untrusted, harmful websites, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker. PUAs promote the addresses of fake search engines by changing browser settings and collecting browsing data. This particular app promotes protectmysearchdaily.com. People usually download and install apps such as Protect My Search Daily inadvertently. Furthermore, this browser hijacker is promoted through the set-ups of other similar applications. Therefore, Protect My Search Daily is often installed together with another browser hijacker.

protectmysearchdaily.com browser hijacker

After installation, browser hijackers change settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Protect My Search Daily assigns them to protectmysearchdaily.com. Therefore, users are forced to visit protectmysearchdaily.com when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar. Note that protectmysearchdaily.com is a fake search engine, since it redirects users to search.yahoo.com and provides results generated by Yahoo. I.e., it does not generate any unique results. Most browser hijackers prevent users from removing or changing the modified addresses from the settings. Therefore, to avoid being forced visit protectmysearchdaily.com and remove it from browser settings, Protect My Search Daily must be uninstalled. This is not the only reason to uninstall this and other browser hijackers. These apps collect browsing data such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened/visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. Developers misuse the data to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), who then misuse it in other ways. Installed browser hijackers might record personal information as well. With these apps installed, users risk becoming victims of identity theft, experiencing problems relating to privacy, browsing safety or other problems. Therefore, browser hijackers (including Protect My Search Daily) should be uninstalled immediately. Never download or install this rogue software.

Threat Summary:
Name Protect My Search Daily
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Browser Extension(s) Protect My Search Daily
Supposed Functionality Protect My Search Daily supposedly prevents users from visiting harmful web pages.
Promoted URL protectmysearchdaily.com
Serving IP Addresses (protectmysearchdaily.com) 104.18.57.2, 104.18.56.2
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated internet browser settings (homepage, default internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
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Top APP, Quick Converter and Finding Forms Pro are some examples of other browser hijackers. Most promote the address of a fake search engine and collect information relating to users' browsing habits. Browser hijackers are often advertised as useful and supposedly deliver various features, improve the browsing experience or deliver other value, however, they do not operate as promise and only cause problems.

How did Protect My Search Daily install on my computer?

In most cases, people download and install PUAs inadvertently when they click deceptive advertisements that execute certain scripts or when they download/install software with PUAs included in the setup. This latter PUA distribution method is used trick people into downloading and installing unwanted programs with other, regular software. This method is called "bundling". Developers include PUAs into the download/installation set-ups of other programs and hide related information in "Advanced" or "Custom" settings. Unwanted downloads and installations can happen when people download or install programs without checking and changing the settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Files and software should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Do not trust sources/channels such as third party downloaders/installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks) or unofficial or untrusted web pages. Check all download/installation settings such as "Advanced" and "Custom". Decline offers to download or install additional, potentially unwanted software before completing the process. Do not click ads that are displayed on web pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating and other. These can open potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on the browser immediately. The same should be applied to unwanted programs that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Protect My Search Daily, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Protect My Search Daily browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Protect My Search Daily browser hijacker

Protect My Search Daily asks permission to read and change various data:

protect my search daily wants to access and modify various data

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Quick menu:

Protect My Search Daily browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

protectmysearchdaily.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Protect My Search Daily"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the protectmysearchdaily.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Protect My Search Daily browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing protectmysearchdaily.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing protectmysearchdaily.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://protectmysearchdaily.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing protectmysearchdaily.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Protect My Search Daily".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the protectmysearchdaily.com redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing protectmysearchdaily.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Protect My Search Daily" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing protectmysearchdaily.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Protect My Search Daily", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.protectmysearchdaily.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing protectmysearchdaily.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "protectmysearchdaily.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the protectmysearchdaily.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing protectmysearchdaily.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Protect My Search Daily", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing protectmysearchdaily.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Protect My Search Daily", remove hxxp://protectmysearchdaily.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing protectmysearchdaily.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with protectmysearchdaily.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the protectmysearchdaily.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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