What kind of software is AI Image of the Day?
Our research team found the AI Image of the Day browser extension during a routine investigation of deceptive websites. This extension is endorsed as a tool that displays Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated browser wallpapers.
After testing this piece of software, we determined that it is a browser hijacker. AI Image of the Day makes changes to browser settings and potentially spies on users' browsing activity.
AI Image of the Day browser hijacker overview
On our test machine, AI Image of the Day made alterations to the browser's homepage, default search engine, and new browser tab/window. In most cases, browser-hijacking software assigns these settings to the addresses of fake search engines. These sites cannot generate search results, so they redirect to legitimate search engines.
At the time of research, AI Image of the Day did not promote such a site; it redirected straight to the genuine Bing search engine (bing.com). It is noteworthy that this browser extension could cause redirects landing elsewhere since they may be impacted by factors like user geolocation.
Browser hijackers often use persistence-ensuring techniques (e.g., denying access to removal-related settings, undoing user-made changes, etc.) to complicate their removal.
Software within this classification usually has data-tracking abilities, and this might be true of AI Image of the Day. Targeted data may include: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, Internet cookies, log-in credentials, personally identifiable details, finance-related information, and so forth. The gathered data can then be monetized via sale to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
To summarize, the presence of browser-hijacking software like AI Image of the Day on devices may result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||AI Image of the Day|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||AI Image of the Day|
|Supposed Functionality||AI-generated browser wallpapers|
|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)||
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Browser hijacker examples
Purrfect Tab, Swift Searcher, and Dragon Baby are merely a couple examples of browser hijackers that we have examined recently. This software usually appears legitimate and offers various handy features. However, these functions are rarely operational. Keep in mind that even if a piece of software works as advertised – that is not a guarantee of either legitimacy or safety.
How did AI Image of the Day install on my computer?
We obtained AI Image of the Day from its "official" promotional webpage. In addition to such pages, browser hijackers are commonly endorsed by online scams. Most visitors to these deceptive pages enter them via redirects generated by websites utilizing rogue advertising networks, misspelled URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
Browser-hijacking software can also be bundled with ordinary programs. The risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device is increased by downloading from dubious sources (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and by rushing through installation processes (e.g., skipping steps/sections, using "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.).
Browser-hijacking software is proliferated by intrusive advertisements as well. Once clicked on, some of the adverts can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
It is essential to research software and download it only from official/verified channels. We recommend treating installation processes with care, e.g., by reading terms, inspecting available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting out of all additional apps, extensions, features, etc.
We also advise being vigilant while browsing since fraudulent and harmful online content usually appears legitimate and innocuous. For example, while intrusive advertisements may look genuine/ordinary – they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., scam-promoting, pornography, adult dating, gambling, etc.).
In case of continuous encounters with such ads/redirects, inspect the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with AI Image of the Day, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Permissions asked by AI Image of the Day browser hijacker:
Website promoting AI Image of the Day browser hijacker:
Appearance of AI Image of the Day browser hijacker redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
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- What is AI Image of the Day?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove AI Image of the Day 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.
AI Image of the Day 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.
AI Image of the Day 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 "Extensions" and click "Manage Extensions". Locate "AI Image of the Day" 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 "AI Image of the Day", 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 ai image of the day 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 "AI Image of the Day", 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 "AI Image of the Day", 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 ai image of the day 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 ai image of the day 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?
Cyber criminals (e.g., developers of fake search engines and browser hijackers, etc.) generate revenue through redirects. In some instances, redirects to legitimate websites occur because scammers wish to acquire fraudulent commissions for promoting the sites in question.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser-hijacking software is predominantly proliferated via bundled installation setups, online scams, deceptive promotional webpages, freeware and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks, spam browser notifications, and intrusive adverts.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove AI Image of the Day browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan systems and eliminate detected browser-hijacking applications. Keep in mind that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be a perfect solution. In cases where multiple browser hijackers have infiltrated the system, after one is removed – the others may reinstall it. Furthermore, removal-related settings might be unmodifiable with browser-hijacking software installed. Therefore, it is paramount to eliminate browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.