Protect My Search Daily browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Protect My Search Daily?
Protect My Search Daily supposed to prevent users from visiting untrustworthy, harmful websites. However, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker. Apps of this type are designed to promote addresses of fake search engines by changing browser's settings and collect browsing data. This particular app promotes protectmysearchdaily.com. It is worth mentioning that people usually download and/or install apps like Protect My Search Daily unknowingly. Besides, this browser hijacker is being promoted through setups of other applications of this type. It means that Protect My Search Daily often gets installed alongside with some other browser hijacker.
After installation browser hijackers change settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. Protect My Search Daily is designed to set them to protectmysearchdaily.com. It means that its users are forced to visit protectmysearchdaily.com when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. Protectmysearchdaily.com is a fake search engine because it redirects users to search.yahoo.com and provides them with results generated by Yahoo. In other words, it does not generate any unique results. Most browser hijackers are designed to prevent users from removing a certain address from the aforementioned settings or changing it to a preferred address. It means that in order to avoid being forced visit protectmysearchdaily.com (remove it from browser's settings) users have to uninstall Protect My Search Daily. However, it is not the only reason to uninstall this or any other browser hijacker. It is common that apps of this type are designed to collect browsing data like IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened/visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. Their developers misuse gathered data to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it in other ways. It is possible that installed browser hijacker could be designed to record personal information as well. In one way or another, by keeping apps of this type installed users risk to become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to privacy, browsing safety, or other problems. Therefore, any installed browser hijacker (including Protect My Search Daily) should be uninstalled as soon as possible and never downloaded, installed in the future.
|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 supposed to prevent users from visiting harmful web pages|
|Serving IP Addresses (protectmysearchdaily.com)||220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168|
|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.|
To eliminate malware infections our security researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Top APP, Quick Converter and Finding Forms Pro are a couple of examples of other browser hijackers. What most of these apps have in common is that they are designed to promote address of some fake search engine and collect information related to user's browsing habits. Also, it is common that browser hijackers are advertised as useful, they supposed to deliver some features, improve browsing experience and/or deliver other value. Nevertheless, quite often they do not operate as they supposed to and cause their users various problems.
How did Protect My Search Daily install on my computer?
In most cases people download and/or install PUAs inadvertently, without knowing about it. It happens when they click deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts or download and/or install software that has PUAs included in its setup. The second distribution method of PUAs is being used trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted software together with some other, desired one. This method is called "bundling". When developers use it, they include PUAs in download and/or installation setups of other programs and hide information about it in their "Advanced", "Custom" settings. Unwanted downloads and/or installations usually happen when people download and/or install programs without checking and changing those settings.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Files and software should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Examples of sources, channels that should not be trusted are third party downloaders (and installers), torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), and various unofficial or untrustworthy in other ways pages. If download and/or installation setup contains settings like "Advanced", "Custom", then they should not be left unchecked. Quite often those settings mention offers to download and/or install additional, potentially unwanted software. Those offers should be declined before completing downloads and installations. Furthermore, it is not recommended to click ads that are displayed on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and other questionable pages. Those ads usually open various potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations. And finally, we recommended not to have any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser. Apps of this kind should be uninstalled as soon as possible. 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 Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Protect My Search Daily browser hijacker:
Protect My Search Daily asks for a permission to read and change various data:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Protect My Search Daily?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Protect My Search Daily application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove protectmysearchdaily.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Protect My Search Daily browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove protectmysearchdaily.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove protectmysearchdaily.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Protect My Search Daily browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
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 (which 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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" 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".
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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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:
Click the 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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the protectmysearchdaily.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (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:
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 button.
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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the protectmysearchdaily.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove protectmysearchdaily.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
Post a comment:
If you have additional information on protectmysearchdaily.com redirect or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.