'DigitalDataSourceDaemon Will Damage Your Computer' Message Description
'DigitalDataSourceDaemon will damage your computer. You should move it to the Trash' is a message that some macOS users might be seeing after the latest update released by Apple. The tech giant is trying to crack down on the proliferation of adware, browser hijackers, and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). Many users may be surprised to see the new warning prompts as they may not have even realized that such applications were lurking on their computers.
The reliance on deceptive distribution techniques is one of the main characteristics of these applications. They try to sneak themselves without attracting the attention of the users through bundling or by hiding inside fake software updates. Once installed, they begin to monetize their presence by causing forced redirects and generating intrusive and unwanted advertisements. Browser hijackers will take control over certain browser settings such as the homepage, new page tab, and the default search engine and set them to open a sponsored address. Whenever the user opens the affected browser, conducts a search, or starts a new tab, it would create artificially inflated traffic towards the promoted address.
The biggest red flag caused by the applications labeled with the warning prompt is the vast majority of them are equipped with data-harvesting functionality. Data such as the user's search history visited websites, clicked URLs, IP address, geolocation, and ISP (Internet Service Provider) could all be tracked and then exfiltrated to the creators of the specific application.
Users looking for ways to stop the warning prompt from appearing should instead focus their efforts on removing the underlying cause - the presence of DigitalDataSourceDaemon, in this case.