Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Nattly virus removal guide
Nattly.com is a website which is being promoted through Nattly toolbar - a deceptive browser add-on which installs on user's computer together with free software downloaded from the Internet. This toolbar promises to enhance user's Internet browsing experience by adding an online radio, quick access to social networks and online games, it's compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Notice that while at first glance this toolbar may seem legitimate in reality it doesn't add any significant functionality, moreover it alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default search engine to nattly.com The search engine that is provided by the mentioned website is cluttered by various deceptive ads and the provided search results are crowded with sponsored websites which leads to shady websites. It's not recommended to use nattly.com for one's daily Internet searches - while on it's own this website doesn't spread malware, clicking on the ads and sponsored search results in this site can easily end up in serious computer security and privacy issues.
Most common source of Nattly toolbar is free software downloads - Internet users should be aware of the fact that nowadays the majority of free software download websites are using download clients which offers installation of sponsored browser add-ons together with the chosen freeware. By bundling Nattly toolbar and similar potentially unwanted browser add-ons which freeware, download websites monetize their free service, however many of the download clients used by download websites are deceptive ("decline" button which can prevent installation of adware is hidden) and thus many Internet users install potentially unwanted programs without their consent.
Technically "Nattly" is not a virus or malware, it can be categorized as being a potentially unwanted application or adware. It's similar to other browser toolbars which install without user's consent and alters browsers homepage and default search engine settings, for example Babylon, Delta Search, SearchGol and many other. Notice that this toolbar installs together with "Bit Guard" - a small program which doesn't allow to change one's homepage or default search engine.
Such behavior is very similar to malware infections. As mentioned before, the most common source of unwanted browser toolbars are free software downloads. To avoid installation of Nattly toolbar or any other adware be sure to be very attentive when downloading and installing freeware. If your download (could be any popular free software, for example VLC media player, flash, etc.) is managed by a download client, look for a "decline" button near any promoted browser add-on. When installing freeware always choose "custom" or "advanced" installation options, this will reveal any hidden (bundled) browser plugins. To eliminate this potentially unwanted application use the provided removal guide.
Nattly virus 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 in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "BitGuard", "Delta Chrome Toolbar" and "Delta toolbar" select each and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs which causes browser redirects to nattly.com website scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software. Remove all of the entries that this program detects to make sure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Nattly.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Nattly from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "delta Helper Object" and "Delta Toolbar" select these entries and click "Remove".
To change you homepage from nattly.com to your preferred: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove nattly.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or 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 "Nattly".
If you continue having problems with redirects to nattly.com you can reset you 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 "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Nattly from Google Chrome:
Click on bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Delta Toolbar" select it and click on a trash can icon.
Change Google Chrome homepage from nattly.com to you preferred - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over Nattly 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 "Nattly" and add or select your preferred.
Remove Nattly from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "FireFox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Delta Toolbar".
To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove nattly.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: "nattly"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue having problems with redirects to nattly.com you can reset you 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 "Reset FireFox" button.