What is Delta Search (Delta-Search.com Redirect Virus)?
Delta Search, also known as the Delta Search virus, Delta virus, or Delta-Search.com redirect, is malware categorized as a browser hijacker that changes existing internet browser settings. The Delta Search virus changes the home page of popular internet browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer to Delta-Search.com (and other Delta Search websites) and the default search provider to Delta Search, which in turn causes the infected internet browsers to start up on Delta Search websites and redirect to Delta-Search.com while attempting to search the web using the browser’s address or omni bar.
Delta Search attempts to appear as a legitimate search engine, but Delta Search is not legitimate and can be privacy invading. The search results displayed by the fraudulent Delta Search engine are not realistic, nor relevant, and may contain malicious payloads, or initiate an attack on the particular computer system. The Delta Search virus may also install additional adware or spyware to the infected computer system. Delta Search even bundles with a lot of third party software including malware, freeware, and shareware and a redirect to Delta-Search.com is often a symptom of third party malware, or bundled software.
Is Delta Search safe?
No, Delta Search engine is not safe to use for reasons concerning severe cyber criminal activity, the invasion of privacy, and the depletion of computer functionality.
- Delta Search installs to a computer system without permission.
- Delta Search changes existing browser settings, including home pages and provided search engines, causing infected internet browsers to constantly redirect to Delta Search and related websites.
- A Delta Search redirct is often the first noticeable sign of a malware infection. If your internet browser is redirecting to Delta-Search.com, etc. your computer is infected with malware.
- As a tactic against unsuspecting internet users, Delta-Search.com may appear alike Google.com in order to persuade victims to use their illegitimate search engine.
- Delta Search and third parties may collect sensitive information, or utilize unethical tactics to acquire sensitive data from their voluntarily and involuntary users. Sensitive information may include minuscule details such as browser activity and history, to extremely private data such as credit card numbers, stored passwords, and other identification information. This information is often used by cyber criminals in extortion schemes and phishing attempts. In instances where criminals use sensitive information provided by Delta Search for phishing attempts, a telephone call may follow where the caller attempts to persuade the victim to allow them remote access to the computer system, or simply gather additional information for various crimes.
How To Remove The Delta Search Virus – Delta Search Redirect
- Antivirus & Anti-Malware Software – Scan, detect, and remove the Delta Search virus and third party malware
- System Restore – Restore computer to date and time before issues
- Uninstall Delta Search – Windows Uninstaller
- Remove Delta Search Browser Attachment
- Remove Delta-Search.com From Home Page - (If necessary)
- Remove Delta-Search.com Search Engine - Stop redirect (If necessary)
- Safe Mode With Networking – Troubleshoot internet access and remove malware
- Manually Remove Delta Search (Advanced) – Kill Delta Search process, remove files, and repair registry entries
1. Antivirus & Anti-Malware Software
Instructions: 1. Install Malwarebytes 2. Update the software 3. Perform full scan (Image).
Malwarebytes will detect and remove additional malware from your computer, but if you do not wish to use software to remove the Delta Search virus and relating malware, please proceed to the instructions below.
2. System Restore
Perform a system restore to an automatic restore point created by Window’s each week and during system updates. This can be used to remove new installments of unwanted software associated with Delta Search.
System Restores can be used to remove entire installments of new software without harming your computer, nor deleting any data such as documents and media files (images, videos).
3. Uninstall Delta Search
How To Uninstall Delta Search (Windows Control Panel)
Before attempting to remove the Delta Search add-on, extension, and/or toolbar, it is recommended to search your computer for unwanted programs, including a program titled “Delta Search” and third party attachments.
1. Navigate to Windows Start Menu > Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a Program or Add/Remove Programs in the Programs section.
3. Search for Delta Search and suspicious third party applications in the list of installed programs. Once the unwanted program is located, double click the program to uninstall it, or right click, and click Uninstall.
4. Remove Delta Search Browser Attachment
The instructions below describe how to remove the Delta Search add-ons, extensions and toolbars. It is also recommended to search for and remove any third party add-ons and extensions that may have infected your browser without permission.
1. Click Tools and select Add-ons (Ctrl+Shift+A) or click Firefox in the top left corner and select Add-ons.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for Delta Search and additional third party add-ons and remove them.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for Delta Search and additional third party add-ons and remove them.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for Delta Search and additional third party extensions. Remove the extensions by clicking the trashcan icon adjacent to the add-on/extension/toolbar.
5. Remove Delta-Search.com From Home Page
CCleaner ↔ Install
An alternative recommendation is to use a program such as CCleaner to repair all browser settings at once with productive accuracy.
1. Install CCleaner.
2. Navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
How To Manually Remove Delta-Search.com From Home Page
In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings. Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove Delta-Search.com and replace it with your preferred URL.
In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove Delta-Search.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page.
In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove Delta-Search.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
6. Remove Delta-Search.com Search Engine
CCleaner ↔ Install
1. Install CCleaner.
2. Navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
How To Manually Remove Delta-Search.com Search Engine
In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to Delta-Search.com to remove it as your search engine. If Delta-Search.com is set as the default search engine add or select a new search engine and select the new search engine as the default search engine, then remove Delta-Search.com.
In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove Delta-Search.com from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove the malicious Delta-Search.com search engine from the list.
7. Safe Mode With Networking
Safe Mode with Networking can be used to troubleshoot internet and network access (Safe Mode can be used to simply access the system) and install software to remove the Delta-Search.com redirect virus and third party malware.
1. Restart your computer.
2. Before Window’s launches tap the F8 key constantly to access the appropriate menu. Use the keyboard arrow keys to navigate to and highlight the Safe Mode with Networking option and press ENTER.
3. You can now access the internet or your network to install legitimate software to remove the Delta-Search.com virus.
8. Manually Remove Delta Search (Advanced)
Kill Delta Search Process
1. Access Window’s Task Manager typing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
2. Find and remove the Delta Search process.
Remove Delta Search Files
Repair And Remove Delta Search Registry Entries
1. Access Window’s Registry Editor by navigating to the Start Menu and typing regedit into the search bar, followed by pressing Enter.
2. If you are not experienced with repairing or removing Registry entries, keys, etc, please do not proceed. Search for Delta Search registry entries below and remove them.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_ERROR_PAGE_BYPASS_ZONE_CHECK_FOR_HTTPS_KB954312 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect" = 0 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegedit" = 0 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegistryTools" = 0 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = 0 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector".
*Browser Shortcuts (Alternative Suspension Method)
Delta-Search.com may alter browser shortcuts on Windows operating systems. This is a common tactic for similar malware, but has not been a reported symptom of the Delta Search browser hijacker. In some cases removing delta-search.com from the browser shortcut (icon) using the steps below will stop the delta-search.com redirect (suspend redirect).
1. Right click on a browser shortcut (icon) and select Properties.
2. On the shortcut tab, delete delta-search.com and click OK. If your shortcut is pinned to the task bar you have to unpin it first, then correct the shortcut in the start menu, and re-pin it to the task bar.