What is Daiksearch2016.com?
Daiksearch2016.com is a non-functional search engine that our researchers have categorized as a browser hijacker because of the way it is distributed. Our malware analysts suggest that you remove it because it is distributed in a dishonest manner which means that it is set to replace your browser’s homepage address without your knowledge or authorization. Moreover, it might feature murky promotional links in its search results as well as on its main page and could even collect information about you. Therefore, it poses a risk to your computer’s security and your personal privacy. While it is still being distributed, it does not work, so it will not process the search queries entered in its search box. But let us suppose that it does work and see where it takes us.
What does Daiksearch2016.com do?
From the outset, it is clear that this particular browser hijacker does not come with its own dedicated browser extension. Thus, it is evident that it is distributed in shady software bundles. Our cyber security experts say that the bundles should install Daiksearch2016.com on Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. By install, we mean that it the malicious installer will interact with the web browser and replace the homepage address with this hijacker. The aim of the game is to compel you to use it to process your entered search queries and view the promotional links and ads featured on its main page and search results.
Indeed, this hijacker’s only objective is to generate advertising revenue for its developers and their advertising partners. While Daiksearch2016.com currently does not work, we believe that that it should redirect the entered search queries to a functional third-party search engine such as Google or Yahoo. However, it should use a custom search algorithm to include additional promotional links among the search results. They can be separated from the main results or come among them. In any case, they can pose a risk to your computer because their safety is probably not determined. Indeed, its developers might not check whether their promoted content is safe for the user to interact and that is one of the reasons you should get rid of Daiksearch2016.com.
As far as privacy matters are concerned, we believe that, like most browser hijackers, Daiksearch2016.com should collect non-personal information about you. When you visit this hijacker’s page, it will automatically collect information such as your IP address, Internet Service Provider name, approximate geographical locations, browsing history, entered search queries, visited URLs, browser type, and so on. All of this information is stored and used to customize the advertisements and promotional links to suite your demographic information and personal interests. As a result, this hijacker should generate more income.
Where does Daiksearch2016.com come from?
One of the reasons why our malware researchers deem this hijacker as unreliable is the fact that it comes from an unknown source. Hence, neither its developer nor its owners are known which leads us to believe that their names are purposefully hidden in order to avoid accountability if the promoted links and ads compromise your computer’s security and cause damage.
As mentioned, Daiksearch2016.com comes bundled with malicious software installers. At present, there is no information regarding the installers used or the programs this hijacker might be bundled with. Nevertheless, we believe that the bundles are uploaded to questionable free software distributing sites and their installers are set to install additional software, including this browser hijacker without your knowledge or authorization. Therefore, you ought to get rid of this
How do I remove Daiksearch2016.com?
In conclusion, Daiksearch2016.com is a highly unreliable and malicious search engine that you can get accidentally when installing an unknown software bundle from a shady software distributor. It is set to replace your browser’s homepage address, show ads on its main page and in its search results, as well as collect anonymous information about you to tailor the ads. If you do not want to have it on your computer, and you rightfully should, then we suggest that you replace your browser’s homepage using the guide below.
Homepage replacement guide
Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Press Alt+T.
- Select Internet Options.
- Enter a new homepage address in the home page line.
- Click OK.
- Launch Chrome.
- Press Alt+F.
- In the dropdown menu, select Settings.
- Click Set pages and enter a new homepage address.
- Click OK.
- Launch Firefox.
- Press Alt+T and click Options.
- Select General.
- Enter a new URL in the Home Page line.
- Exit the Options menu.
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