This page aims to help you remove Delta Search. These Delta Search removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
What Delta Search is
Delta Search is a newly released browser add-on/plug-in of the Browser Hijackers type. Browser Hijackers are programs that start generating different ads (pop-ups, banners, box messages etc.) once you open your browser. Their somewhat intrusive behaviour and in some cases stealth installation make both experts and regular users consider them unwanted. Usually the programs themselves are not harmful for your PC. Their main purpose is to generate those ads, which gain revenue for whoever developed them. Since Delta Search is considered an Browser Hijackers, it shares most of its characteristics with the rest of the Browser Hijackers programs.
As already mentioned, the reason why this browser add-on is considered unwanted, is due the intrusive nature of the ads that it generates. Once installed on your PC, the annoying software will flood all of your browsers with its various obstructive pop-ups. They will keep appearing on your screen as long as your browser remains open. Sometimes, closing one add will result in the opening of another, which can become really frustrating with time and ultimately ruin your online experience. This applies to most known browsers, notably Mozilla, Chrome, IE, Opera etc. Switching between them won’t stop the generation of the pop-ups, so don’t bother. The only way to stop them is to remove the intrusive software from your PC. You will learn how to do that in our guide below this article but before you go and do that – there are some more thing that you may want to know about Delta Search.
So far, it should be quite clear why Delta Search is something you wouldn’t want getting installed on your PC. However, many people mistakenly think this is an actual virus – it is not. Browser Hijacker programs are not viruses. There are major differences between these two terms. First of all, viruses are illegal – Browser Hijackers, for the most part, are legal and distributed via legal methods. Secondly, viruses are undoubtedly harmful for your PC and will endanger your online security – once you have one on your machine, you should seek help from an IT specialist as soon as possible. Browser Hijackers, on the other hand, are not like that – they are relatively safe for your system and usually do not pose any immediate threat to it. Also, if you have a Browser Hijacker installed, you can be quite confident, that you can deal with it on your own, without the need for professional assistance.
All of this being said, Delta Search still remains an unwanted program and though relatively harmless, you still need to keep in mind that it may potentially expose your PC to an actual danger.
You see, the ads displayed may sometimes redirect you to an illegal page that could serve as a gateway for real viruses. This happens rarely. In most cases the ads are safe. Still, we advise you to avoid interacting with them, because you never know what might wait for you on the other side. There is no need to expose your PC to any risks. Also, you probably won’t gain anything useful from those ads anyway.
There are several main ways for Delta Search to get installed on your machine
– Through torrent files.
– Through file-sharing sites.
– Via spam e-mails.
– By being bundled with free programs that can be acquired online.
Avoiding the first two is all about common sense. Just don’t visit any shady sites that you don’t trust and you should be fine. The third method is a no brainer, since no one really opens those e-mails. If you are one of those few who do – stop doing it, no good will come out of this. The fourth most common way for Delta Search’s distribution is also the most effective one. The unwanted software is bundled as an added install to a free program that you may download from the internet. Once you install that program, you get the added content, in this case – Delta Search.
How to avoid it
We already mentioned how to deal with the first three methods of distribution, leaving us with the fourth and most successful one. It is easy to deal with this one as well – you just need to pay attention to what programs are going to be installed along the main one. If there is not a list of the added content in the installation menu seek out the advanced/custom settings. In there you should be able to see everything added. Uncheck what you think may be Delta Search (Sidenote: Delta Search may go under a different name; should still be easy to single out though). After this, you can safely proceed with installing the freeware program.
|Danger Level||Medium (May Track your browser activity, disrupts your browsing experience with annoying and obstructive ads).|
|Symptoms||Intrusive ads start popping-up once you open your browser. Slow-down of PC productivity and loading times of pages are also possible.|
|Distribution Method||Usually bundled with free programs. Once you install the free program, you also get the intrusive Browser Hijackers.|
|Detection Tool||Delta Search may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
How To Remove Delta Search from Chrome/Firefox
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Delta Search may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Delta Search from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Delta Search from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the Browser Hijackers/malware —> Remove.
Remove Delta Search from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!