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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Hijacks homepage

PuzzleGamesDaily Toolbar

PuzzleGamesDaily is a browser extension that adds a toolbar to your browsers. The PuzzleGamesDaily Toolbar offers quick access to a great many puzzle games, including crosswords and Sudoku. This browser extension is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Upon launching the installer of the PuzzleGamesDaily extension, a notification asking whether you want to change the home page and search provider of your browsers is shown to you. A lot of computer users pay no attention to the information they are provided when installing any program, which usually leads to thinking that the browsers have been hijacked. The PuzzleGamesDaily Toolbar, or extension, is not an infection, but you should remove it from your browsers if you have no intention of using it.

The PuzzleGamesDaily Toolbar is a product of Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. This software developer offers a wide range of themed browser bookmarks. The vast majority of Mindspark products are powered by Ask.com, and PuzzleGamesDaily is no exception. The search engine Ask.com is an advertising-supported search provider, but the developers of the search engine declare that their goal is to provide the user with matching sponsored offers. There are many third parties that want to be advertised by this search engine, and, as a result, it is impossible to check all of them. If you do not want to accidentally access an unreliable website, you should remove Ask.com from your browsers as soon as you can.

It is worth mentioning that the PuzzleGamesDaily Toolbar, similarly to many other browser extensions, is programmed to automatically collect certain non-personally identifiable information. For example, it records clicks, impressions, search terms, browsing history, time spent on different websites, and some other anonymous details. Similar information is collected by the search engine, and this is done in order to understand what your browsing patterns are. Afterwards, the data may be used to implement some changes in marketing and advertising. If you do not want to be monitored and risk exposing your personal information to PuzzleGamesDaily, take action to remove it from the computer.

We recommend that you remove the PuzzleGamesDaily Toolbar using a spyware and malware prevention program. It is possible to remove the unwanted extension manually, but you should be aware of different malicious programs circulating on the Internet. Your operating system can get infected with Trojan horses, browser hijackers, ransomware infections, fake anti-virus threats, etc, so take action right now if you do care about your privacy.

How to remove the PuzzleGamesDaily Toolbar

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Select the Control Panel option.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Remove the unwanted application.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Uninstall the unwanted application.
  5. Remove the PuzzleGamesDaily extension.

Windows 8

  1. Press Win+R and enter control panel.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Select Uninstall a program.
  4. Remove the unwanted application.

Restore your former browser settings

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and click Internet Options.
  2. Change the home page on the General tab.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Press Alt+T and click Manage Add-ons.
  5. Select the Search Providers option and set a new default search provider.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+T and click Options.
  2. Change the home page on the General tab.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Press Ctrl+Shift+A and click Extensions.
  5. Remove PuzzleGamesDaily. Close the tab.
  6. Click the search engine icon next to the search box of the browser.
  7. Set a new search provider.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+T and point to Tools.
  2. Click Extensions.
  3. Remove the PuzzleGamesDaily extension.
  4. Click Settings.
  5. In the On startup section, click on the third option and click Set pages.
  6. Set a new startup page.
  7. In the Search section, click Manage search engines and set your new default search provider.
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