DaleSearch Virus

Also Known As: Dalesearch.com Redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

DaleSearch virus removal instructions

What is Dalesearch.com?

The Dalesearch.com browser hijacker installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet. This website is promoted using DaleSearch toolbar, which often installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent. After successful infiltration, DaleSearch toolbar modifies browser settings by assigning the homepage and default search engine to dalesearch.com Commonly, Internet users install this toolbar inadvertently whilst downloading free software such as VLC media player, Flash Player, Skype, etc. Computer users should be aware that, today, most popular download websites use 'download clients' to monetize their free software downloads. Download clients offer installation of additional (promoted) browser add-ons together with the chosen freeware.

Dalesearch virus (dalesearch.com browser hijacker)

In the majority of cases, promoted browser plugins are categorized as adware and cause browser redirects, intrusive ads, privacy issues, or even malware infections. Dalesearch.com presents users with a deceptive Internet search engine crowded with sponsored search results that lead to shady websites. Internet users who have installed this toolbar should not use this search engine for their daily Internet searches - this may lead to serious computer security infections. Technically, DaleSearch toolbar (dalesearch.com) is not a virus, however, it alters Internet browser settings and can cause various security and privacy-related issues.

DaleSearch toolbar is similar to other potentially unwanted applications distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. These applications add little or no value and cause redirects and diminished browser performance. Examples of DaleSearch clones include Babylon toolbar, Delta Search toolbar, Nattly toolbar, and many others. To avoid installation of these rogue toolbars, Internet users should be express caution when downloading free software. Where possible, download the required program directly from the developer's website. If you wish to use free software, and your download is manged by a download client, decline any offers to install additional free browser add-ons. If your Internet browser/s already redirect you to dalesearch.com, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this browser hijacker from your computer.

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Quick menu:

Dalesearch 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 10 and 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.

Dalesearch 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 cause browser redirects to the dalesearch.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.

Dalesearch.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Dalesearch 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:

Dalesearch homepage in Intenret Explorer

 

To change your homepage from dalesearch.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 dalesearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Dalesearch 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 "DaleSearch".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the dalesearch.com redirect, 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Dalesearch 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 on the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Dalesearch homepage in Google Chrome

Change Google Chrome homepage from dalesearch.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 DaleSearch and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change default search engine:

Dalesearch 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 "DaleSearch" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the dalesearch.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Dalesearch 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:

Dalesearch 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 dalesearch.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: "dalesearch"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with dalesearch.com redirect 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 Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions 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

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove dalesearch.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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thanks for the info.