VisualBee Toolbar (Delta Search Redirect)
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Visual Bee Toolbar - how to remove browser redirects to visualbee.delta-search.com?
The VisualBee Toolbar browser toolbar installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Furthermore, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) modifies Internet browser settings by changing the default search engine and homepage to visaulbee.delta-search.com VisualBee is software that aids the creation of Power Point presentations, The VisualBee toolbar is implemented within the installer of this free program in order to monetize the free downloads. Computer users often install visualbee toolbar inadvertently - usually, since they do not pay enough close during the installation phase of free software. Unwanted programs and adware products such as these can be avoided simply by unchecking several options within the installation steps of free software.
Today, many popular download websites (download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc.) and freeware developers use so-called 'download clients' - programs offering promoted browser add-ons when downloading free software. These additional programs are commonly used to monetize free software, and thus, may cause privacy or browser redirect issues. Although many websites and products appear legitimate, you should always pay close attention to the installation and download steps of freeware. VisualBee toolbar is not a computer virus, however, it is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) created by Montera technologies, and causes unwanted browser redirects to visualbee.delta-search.com (and in some cases to search.conduit.com).
VisualBee Toolbar is similar to other browser hijackers, which cause redirects to holasearch.com, delta-search.com, search.babylon.com, etc. Common sources of unwanted browser toolbars include free software download websites, torrent websites, and freeware installers. If you feel that the visualbee toolbar was installed on your Internet browser/s without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate visualbee.delta-search.com from your homepage and default search engine settings.
Web Browser Search Toolbar (webbrowsersearch.com) removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click on the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "visualbee toolbar" select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling VisualBee toolbar (which causes browser redirects to visualbee.delta-search.com), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all of entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
VisualBee Tolbar (visualbee.delta-search.com) removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove VisualBee Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "visualbee Toolbar" and "visualbee Helper Object", select them and click "Remove". To change your homepage from visualbee.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 visualbee.delta-search.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
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 then remove "VisualBee Search".
If you continue to have problems with redirects to visualbee.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 on "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 on the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove VisualBee Toolbar from Google Chrome:
Change your homepage from visualbee.delta-search.com to your preferred domain, click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over visualbee.delta-search.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
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 "VisualBee Search" and add or select your preferred domain.
Remove VisualBee Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "FireFox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "VisualBee Toolbar". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove visualbee.delta-search.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to visualbee.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 on the "Reset FireFox" button.
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 VisualBee Toolbar (Delta Search Redirect) distribution:
To avoid installation of VisualBee Toolbar (Delta Search Redirect) 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:
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 VisualBee Toolbar (Delta Search Redirect) from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.