Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
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.
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.
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.
- What is Nattly?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BitGuard Delta Chrome Toolbar and Delta toolbar applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Nattly.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Nattly.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Nattly.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Nattly virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features."
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 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.
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 on the "gear" 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".
To change your homepage from nattly.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" 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:
Click on the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with redirects to nattly.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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Nattly from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu 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 Google Chrome homepage from nattly.com to you preferred domain - click the Chrome menu 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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu 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.
If you continue having problems with the removal of of Nattly.com you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Nattly from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Delta Toolbar".
To reset your homepage, click on the Firefox menu (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.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to nattly.com, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menuin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" icon then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "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 Nattly Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Nattly 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:
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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