Delta Search Virus

Also Known As: Delta-Search.com Redirect
Type: Browser Hijacker
Damage level: Moderate
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Delta Search virus removal instructions

The Delta-Search.com website is promoted using browser toolbars (Delta toolbar and Babylon toolbar). While this website seems legitimate and is not related to malware or virus infections, computer users commonly visit this site unwillingly having been redirected. These redirect issues are caused by Delta toolbar - when users install the toolbar on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox), their browser settings are modified to assign the homepage and default search engine to delta-search.com

This website and Delta toolbar is closely related to Babylon toolbar adware. Many computer users install the Delta toolbar inadvertently without their consent when installing Babylon (if users choose not to change their default search engine and homepage to search.babylon.com, during the next step, they are tricked into installing Delta toolbar). Other known distribution channels of Delta toolbar are download websites (such as softonic.com, filewin.com, download.com, etc.), which 'bundle' Delta toolbar within their 'download clients'. In this scenario, users are forced to download the toolbar if they wish to use the site to download free software. Delta-Search.com and Delta toolbar are categorized as adware, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate this browser add-on from your computer.

Browser redirects to delta-search.com caused by Delta Toolbar

Delta toolbar causes browser redirects to delta-search.com and, commonly, this toolbar is installed without users' consent by third party freeware or free browser extensions. This browser hijacker is similar to searchgol and buenosearch amongst many others. Note that a common tactic, widely used by free software developers, is to 'bundle' unwanted toolbars with their programs in order to monetize their products. Thus, to prevent installation of such adware on your Internet browser/s, closely inspect each freeware installation step, disallowing any suggested changes to your Internet browsers and avoid installation of additional software. If your download is managed by a download client, decline installation of promoted browser add-ons. When installing free software, ensure that you choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any hidden (bundled) software that you may choose to deselect. To eliminate browser redirects to delta-search.com, and to uninstall Delta toolbar, use the removal instructions provided.

Delta Search virus removal:

delta-search.com redirect (toolbar) uninstall

Windows 7 users:

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "Babylon, Delta toolbar, Delta Chrome Toolbar", select these entries and click Uninstall.

Windows XP users:

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Babylon, Delta Chrome Toolbar, Delta toolbar", select each and click Remove.

After uninstalling Delta toolbar (which causes redirects to delta-search.com), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

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Delta Search virus removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Remove Delta Search virus from Internet Explorer:

delta-search.com redirect removal from Internet Explorer

Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Babylon Ltd. and Montera Technologies LTD related entries (Babylon IE plugin, Delta Toolbar, delta Helper Object, Translate this web page with Babylon) and remove them. 

Change homepage:

Delta Search homepage in Internet Explorer

To change your homepage from delta-search.com to your preferred domain, click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove delta-search.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Delta Search default search engine in Intenret Explorer

Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and remove "Delta Search".

If you continue to have problems with redirects to delta-search.com, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Remove Delta Search virus from Google Chrome:

delta-search.com redirect removal from Google Chrome

Click the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "Babylon Translator" and "Delta Toolbar", select them and click the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Delta Search homepage in Google Chrome

To change your homepage from delta-search.com to your preferred domain, click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over delta-search.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change default search engine:

Delta Search default search engine in Google Chrome

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Delta Search" and add or select your preferred domain.

Remove Delta Search virus from Mozilla Firefox:

delta-search.com redirect removal from Mozilla FireFox

Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Babylon Translation Activation, Delta Toolbar". To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove delta-search.com  and enter your preferred domain.

Change homepage:

Delta Search homepage in Mozilla Firefox

To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove delta-search.com and enter your preferred domain.

Change default search engine:

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "delta-search"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with redirects to delta-search.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Summary:

A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Delta Search Virus distribution:

Free software download managers distributing browser hijackers

To avoid installation of Delta Search Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:

Declining installation of browser hijackers

Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:

  • Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
  • Appearance of new toolbars.
  • Slow performance of Internet browsers.
  • New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
  • You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
  • You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
  • You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Delta Search Virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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