Nattly Virus

Also Known As: Nattly.com Redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

Nattly virus removal guide

What is nattly.com?

The Nattly.com website is promoted via the Nattly toolbar, a deceptive browser add-on, which installs on users' computers together with free software downloaded from the Internet. This toolbar promises to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by adding an online radio, quick access to social networks, and online games. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Whilst on first inspection this toolbar may seem legitimate, in fact, it adds no significant functionality, and moreover, modifies Internet browser settings, including the homepage and default search engine settings (which is sets to Nattly.com) The search engine provided by Nattly.com is cluttered with various deceptive ads and the search results crowded with sponsored websites, that in turn lead to dubious websites. Use of Nattly.com for daily Internet searches is not recommended. This website does does not proliferate malware, however, clicking the ads and sponsored search results can result in serious computer security and privacy issues.

A common source of Nattly toolbar installation is free software downloads - Internet users should be aware that, today, the majority of free software download websites use 'download clients', which offer installation of sponsored browser add-ons together with the chosen freeware. By 'bundling' the Nattly toolbar (and similar potentially unwanted browser add-ons) with freeware, download websites monetize their free service. Many download clients employed by download websites are deceptive since the 'decline' button (which can prevent installation of adware) is hidden, and thus, many Internet users install potentially unwanted programs inadvertently without their consent.

Nattly virus (Nattly toolbar causing browser redirects to nattly.com)

Technically, 'Nattly' is not a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware. It is similar to other browser toolbars (which install without users' consent and modify browser homepages and default search engine settings). Examples include Babylon, Delta Search, SearchGol, and many others. Note: this toolbar installs together with 'Bit Guard', a small program that disallows changes by the user to the homepage or default search engine.

Bit Guard preventing browser settings change

This behaviour is similar to malware infections. As mentioned, the most common source of unwanted browser toolbars is free software downloads, and therefore, to avoid installation of the Nattly toolbar or any other adware, be attentive when downloading and installing freeware. If your intended software download (any popular free software including VLC media player, Flash, etc.) is managed by a download client, look for the 'decline' button associated with any promoted browser add-on. In addition, when installing freeware, always choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any hidden (bundled) browser plugins. To eliminate this potentially unwanted application, use the removal guide provided.

Quick menu:

Nattly virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features".

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click “Finder”, in the opened screen select “Applications”. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select “Empty Trash”.

Nattly uninstall

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 the nattly.com website) 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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Nattly.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:

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

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove Nattly from Internet Explorer:

Nattly removal from Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "delta Helper Object" and "Delta Toolbar", select these entries and click "Remove".

Change homepage:

Nattly homepage in Internet Explorer

To change your homepage from nattly.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove nattly.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Nattly default search engine in Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the nattly virus, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove Nattly from Google Chrome:

Nattly removal from Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "Delta Toolbar", select it and click the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Nattly homepage in Google Chrome

Change Google Chrome homepage from nattly.com to you preferred domain - click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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:

Nattly default search engine in Google Chrome

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

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the nattly virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the "Reset browser settings" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Nattly from Mozilla FireFox:

Nattly removal from Mozilla Firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Delta Toolbar".

Change homepage:

Nattly homepage in Mozilla Firefox

To reset your homepage, click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) 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.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with nattly virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove nattly virus from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click “Safari” menu, then select “Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the “Extensions” tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select “General” tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select “Search” tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on “Safari” menu. From the drop down menu select “Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select “all history” and click the “Clear History” button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A 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 privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of nattly.com 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.

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