What is Daily Inspiration?
Daily Inspiration is the name of a browser extension promising various widgets and features, such as displaying inspirational/motivational quotes, a clock, the weather forecast, sticky notes, and a to-do list on the browser's homepage. Our researchers discovered this piece of software while investigating suspicious websites.
After inspecting Daily Inspiration, we learned that it operates as a browser hijacker. In other words, this extension modifies browser settings and promotes the find.dsrcnav.com fake search engine.
Daily Inspiration browser hijacker overview
On our testing system, Daily Inspiration assigned find.dsrcnav.com as the browser's homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URLs. Therefore, when we opened a new browser tab/window or entered a search query into the URL bar – it resulted in redirects to the find.dsrcnav.com website.
It is noteworthy that most browser hijackers employ persistence-ensuring techniques, and Daily Inspiration is not an exception.
Illegitimate search engines are rarely capable of generating such results, so they redirect to genuine ones. At the time of research, find.dsrcnav.com redirected to the Bing search engine (bing.com). However, this site might land elsewhere since redirects can depend on certain factors (e.g., geolocation, etc.).
Furthermore, the rogue browser extension likely spies on users' browsing activity. Browser-hijacking software typically collects the following data: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related information, and so forth. This vulnerable data can be monetized through sale to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
To summarize, the presence of software like Daily Inspiration on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Daily Inspiration|
|Supposed Functionality||Displaying inspirational/motivation quotes and clock, weather, sticky notes, and to-do list widgets|
|Detection Names (find.dsrcnav.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (find.dsrcnav.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Browser hijacker examples
Browser-hijacking software typically appears legitimate and useful. It lures users into download/installation with a wide variety of functionalities. However, these features seldom work as advertised, and in most cases – they are utterly nonoperational. Even if a browser hijacker works as promised – that is not proof of either legitimacy or safety.
How did Daily Inspiration install on my computer?
We obtained the Daily Inspiration browser extension from its "official" promotional webpage, and we found a deceptive site endorsing it. Users typically enter such pages via redirects caused by misspelled URLs, websites that use rogue advertising that works, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
"Bundling" – packing ordinary program installers with unwanted/malicious additions – is also used to distribute browser-hijacking software. Downloading from untrustworthy sources (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting websites, etc.) and rushing through installation processes (e.g., using "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.) – increase the risk of inadvertently permitting bundled content into the system.
Intrusive advertisements proliferate browser hijackers as well. Once clicked on, some of these adverts can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user permission.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified channels. Installation must be treated with caution, e.g., by reading terms, exploring possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of supplementary apps, extensions, tools, features, etc.
We also advise being careful while browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually appears legitimate and harmless. For example, intrusive ads may look innocuous yet redirect to unreliable/questionable websites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
In case of encounters with such advertisements and/or redirects, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Daily Inspiration, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by Daily Inspiration browser hijacker:
Daily Inspiration browser hijacker's "official" promotional website:
Deceptive website promoting Daily Inspiration browser hijacker:
Appearance of find.dsrcnav.com redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Daily Inspiration?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Daily Inspiration browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove find.dsrcnav.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove find.dsrcnav.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Daily Inspiration browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Daily Inspiration browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "Daily Inspiration" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Daily Inspiration", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.find.dsrcnav.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 "find.dsrcnav.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the find.dsrcnav.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 extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Daily Inspiration", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "Daily Inspiration", remove hxxp://find.dsrcnav.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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 find.dsrcnav.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 find.dsrcnav.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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users to visit find.dsrcnav.com website?
Redirects to various websites are caused because cyber criminals generate revenue through them.
Is visiting find.dsrcnav.com a threat to my privacy?
To a certain extent, yes. Sites like find.dsrcnav.com typically collect (and sell) visitor data.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are most commonly spread via bundled software installers, deceptive promotional webpages, freeware and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks, online scams, intrusive ads, and spam browser notifications.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Daily Inspiration browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate all the browser-hijacking applications present. Note that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be ideal, especially when multiple browser hijackers have infiltrated the system. In these cases, after one browser hijacker is removed – the others might simply re-install it. What is more, hijacker software may be capable of restricting access to removal-related settings. Therefore, it is paramount to eliminate browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.