How to remove the Daily Jokes browser hijacker and the redirects it causes
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What is Daily Jokes?
Our research team discovered the Daily Jokes browser extension while inspecting rogue websites. It is endorsed as a multi-functional/multi-widget software, with features including – daily display of jokes, wallpapers, clock, current weather, sticky notes, to-do list, and others. However, our analysis revealed that Daily Jokes operates as a browser hijacker.
Daily Jokes browser hijacker overview
Browser hijackers modify browser settings by assigning the websites they promote as browsers' homepages, default search engines, and new tab/window URLs. In most cases, this software endorses fake search engines that cannot generate search results and tend to redirect to genuine ones.
However, Daily Jokes promotes the legitimate Bing search engine (bing.com). Hence, with this extension installed: new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries typed into the URL bar – result in redirects to Bing. The promotion of genuine content can be undertaken by cyber criminals abusing its affiliate programs in order to acquire illegitimate commissions for the endorsement.
It is pertinent to mention that Daily Jokes might redirect elsewhere, as that can depend on various factors (e.g., user geolocation, etc.).
Additionally, like most browser hijackers, Daily Jokes employs persistence-ensuring techniques to prevent users from recovering their browsers.
Furthermore, Daily Jokes has data-tracking abilities. Targeted information can include: browsing and search engine histories, IP addresses (geolocations), Internet cookies, personally identifiable details, usernames/passwords, finance-related data, and so forth. The collected information can be shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, the presence of software like Daily Jokes on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Daily Jokes|
|Supposed Functionality||Daily joke display, weather, time, notes, lists, etc.|
|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).|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Browser hijacker examples
We have analyzed thousands of browser hijackers; Tennis Start, Infinity Search, and Bizzy Beaver are merely a couple of examples.
Browser-hijacking software usually appears legitimate and offers "handy" functionalities. However, these features seldom work as promised, and in most cases – they are utterly nonoperational. It must be stressed that even if a piece of software operates as indicated by its promotional material – that is not proof of its legitimacy or safety.
How did Daily Jokes install on my computer?
We obtained Daily Jokes from its "official" promotional webpage. In addition to such pages, browser hijackers are endorsed on scam websites. Most users enter these webpages via redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks, mistyped URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
Browser-hijacking software can also be bundled (packed together) with regular programs. Downloading from untrustworthy sources (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushing through installation processes (e.g., using "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.) – increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system.
Additionally, intrusive advertisements proliferate browser hijackers. When clicked on, some of the 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 only from official/verified channels. Installation must be approached with care, which includes reading terms, studying available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting out of additional apps, extensions, tools, and so on.
We also advise being vigilant when browsing since fake and malicious content usually appears legitimate. For example, intrusive ads may look harmless yet redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with advertisements/redirects of this type, check the device and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Daily Jokes, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by Daily Jokes browser hijacker:
Website promoting Daily Jokes browser hijacker:
Appearance of Daily Jokes browser hijacker redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Daily Jokes?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Daily Jokes browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove bing.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue redirects from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Daily Jokes 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 Jokes 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 Jokes" 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 Jokes", look for the promoted URL (hxxp://www.bing.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 "bing.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 daily jokes 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 Jokes", 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 Jokes", remove hxxp://bing.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 daily jokes 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 daily jokes 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 bing.com website?
Redirects are caused because cyber criminals generate revenue through them. It is pertinent to mention that browser hijacker developers use rogue redirects to legitimate websites (like Bing) to acquire fraudulent commissions for the endorsement.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily distributed through bundled installation setups, dubious download channels (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.), online scams, spam browser notifications, and intrusive ads.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Daily Jokes browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate detected browser-hijacking applications. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might be ineffective, especially when multiple browser hijackers are present. In these instances, after one browser hijacker is removed – the others may simply reinstall it. Furthermore, browser-hijacking software may render removal-related settings inaccessible. Therefore, browser hijackers must be eliminated thoroughly and all at once.
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