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Remove Delta-search.com Redirect (Delta Search Engine and Toolbar)

If your web browser suddenly behaves in undesirable ways or as most of us would say “behaves funny” then you may be a victim of browser hijacking. Without getting too technical, browser hijacking is an attack by malware or potentially unwanted applications. If the culprit is a piece of malicious software, then the search redirect modules are probably injected into system files or hidden so well that you won’t be able to detect or remove them manually. But there are less malicious programs – PUA, which means potentially unwanted application. Normally, such application does not hide its presence on the system but might cause lots of problems and difficulties too. Let’s take Delta-search.com redirect for instance.

What is Delta-search.com?

At first, I thought it was a search engine that uses its own algorithms for crawling and indexing websites but I was wrong. It seems that Delta-search.com is a custom search page that uses Yahoo! Search API to return search results. It basically redirects your searches through yhs.delta-search.com then ad-sponsored networks and combines them with Yahoo! Search results. So, what you get is a bunch of sponsored links at the top of the page followed by search results loaded from Yahoo! There’s no reason to use this search page when you can use Yahoo! directly, plus you won’t see ads that might not be even related to your search queries. Besides, we don’t know who controls those ad-networks and how strictly they check ads for malicious software. What is more, delta-search.com changes your homepage, adds additional search providers, modifies certain web browser’s settings and may even bother you with pop-ups. But wait, there’s more. Very often web browser keep getting hijacked even when you remove the core components of this search engine and toolbar. Why? Because it modifies Windows registry and user profiles so that when you restart your web browser, this browser hijacker overrides default values which is not only annoying as hell but also very rude and illegal I believe.

How did you get hijacked by the Delta-search.com search redirect?

There are many ways you can install this browser hijacker without even knowing what it is and what it does. Typically, Delta-search.com and similar toolbars + search engine are distributed through free software, codec packs, video converters, fake Flash player updates, etc. In simple terms, scammers mislead users into installing junkware. Sometimes they include a few lines about the additional product in EULA and sometimes they don’t. I’ve seen many examples of software distributions that do not clearly indicate about bundled toolbars or other browser helper objects. Sadly, it’s becoming a rather common practice and we can’t just block all toolbars or forbid software bundling because even antivirus companies have their own toolbars.

How to remove Delta-search.com?

My first advice would be to remove all recently installed toolbars and freeware because I’m almost certain delta-search.com browser hijacker came with one of these. You may not find anything called Delta Search or Delta Toolbar. But there might be something called Yontoo or maybe Babylon toolbar, Whitesmoke. There are many more. Once the possible culprits are removed, you need to restore web browser settings manually. It gets a bit complicated if you are using Google Chrome, IE and Mozilla Firefox have a one click reset button. Please note, you should save your bookmarks and browsing history before restoring default web browser’s settings. More detailed Delta-search.com removal instructions are available below.

Do you have any additional information or questions on the delta-search redirect? Post your comment or question below. Good luck and be safe online!


Delta-search.com removal instructions:

1. Remove Delta-search.com Search Engine and Toolbar and/or related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel”.

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following entries:

  • Delta
  • Delta Toolbar
  • BrowserProtect
  • Yontoo

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you’re done, please close the Control Panel screen.

              

 

 

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