What kind of software is Daily Guard?
While investigating websites that utilize rogue advertising networks, our research team found the Daily Guard browser extension. It is promoted as an adblocker capable of blocking online advertisements (including on YouTube) and trackers, as well as preventing access to malicious sites.
However, after analyzing Daily Guard we determined that it is advertising-supported software (adware). This extension operates by displaying intrusive ads and collecting sensitive information.
Daily Guard adware overview
Adware is designed to run intrusive advert campaigns. It enables the placement of third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, overlays, etc.) on visited websites and/or other interfaces.
The advertisements primarily endorse online scams, unreliable/hazardous software, and potential malware. Some intrusive ads can even be triggered (i.e., by being clicked) to execute scripts that perform downloads/installations without user permission.
Keep in mind that any genuine products/services encountered through these adverts are most likely promoted by scammers who abuse their affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.
Advertising-supported software may require specific conditions to deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns (e.g., compatible browser/system, visits to particular sites, etc.). Regardless of whether Daily Guard displays ads – it remains a threat to device and user safety.
Most adware-type apps and extensions have data-tracking functionalities, and Daily Guard is not an exception. Information of interest may include: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, Internet cookies, log-in credentials, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, and so on. The gathered information can then be shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
To summarize, software like Daily Guard may cause system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Ads by Daily Guard
|Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
|Adblocker (ad-blocking tool)
|Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
|Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling).
|Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
|Malware Removal (Windows)
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Software within this category tends to look legitimate and harmless. It may also offer various "handy" features. However, these functionalities rarely work as promised, and in both cases – they do not work at all. Note that merely because a piece of software has operational features – that does not prove its legitimacy or safety.
How did Daily Guard install on my computer?
We obtained Daily Guard from its "official" promotional webpage. In addition to such legitimate-looking pages, adware is commonly endorsed on scam sites.
Visitors to these webpages primarily access them via redirects caused by misspelled URLs, websites employing rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).
Another common distribution method is "bundling" – this technique involves packing ordinary program installation setups with unwanted/malicious supplements.
The risk of allowing bundled content into the system is increased by downloading from dubious sources (e.g., freeware and third-party sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and by rushing through installation processes (e.g., skipping steps, using "Quick/Easy" settings, etc.).
Once clicked on, some intrusive advertisements are capable of executing scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations. These adverts are also utilized in adware proliferation.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly advise researching software and downloading only from official/verified channels. When installing, we recommend reading terms, inspecting available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting out of all additional apps, extensions, features, tools, etc.
It is essential to be vigilant while browsing since fake and dangerous online content usually appears legitimate and harmless. For example, while intrusive ads may look ordinary/innocuous – they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, scam-promoting, adult dating, etc.).
If you keep encountering advertisements and/or redirects of this kind, inspect the device and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Daily Guard, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshots of the website used to promote Daily Guard adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced IT skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Daily Guard?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove Daily Guard adware using Combo Cleaner:
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 "Daily Guard" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by daily guard, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by daily guard 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by daily guard, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware delivers advertisements that endorse content capable of causing serious problems (e.g., system infections, privacy issues, financial losses, etc.). The presence of this software on a device can result in decreased browsing quality and system performance. Furthermore, advertising-supported software usually has data-tracking abilities – hence, it is considered to be a threat to user privacy.
What does adware do?
Adware operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns. This software may be capable of displaying ads on various interfaces (e.g., visited websites, desktops, etc.), generating redirects, and gathering private information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates revenue by endorsing various websites, applications, browser extensions, products, services, etc. The developers may earn commissions from ad clicks, webpage visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar. The majority of the profit comes from affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Daily Guard adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate all adware-type apps present. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security tools) might not be a perfect solution. In some instances, after the software has been manually removed – various file leftovers remain hidden within the system. Furthermore, these remnants might continue to run and cause issues. Hence, it is paramount to eliminate advertising-supported software thoroughly.