Delta Search Engine is a potential virus which is using various technique to hack the basic search functionality. It replaces browsers search with their own search page. So, whichever browser you will use (Internet Explorer [IE – all versions], Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera ) and try to open a new tab you will probably see this Delta Search page.
Don’t be fooled by Delta Search that they are actually a search engine. They are there to produce their own ads by using other leading search engine’s data.
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I Didn’t Install Delta Search – God Promise!!
You must be wondering how did I get delta search (a potential malware) into my system or PC. I am sure you must not have installed it but its there, HOW?
There are lot of free software available out there on internet and to earn some money such free software developers collaborate with fake search engine companies. Developers bundle their free tool with their malware and gift you as they are doing it for charity. It a profit sharing model. Whatever Delta Search will earn, free software developer will get their share, or something like that.
NOTE: So, from next time onwards, when you search for such free software, think twice before installing or be cautious while installing them
Is There Something Fishy with Delta Search?
Although it’s a Malware and might have all the capabilities to damage your system but there are no such big reports. Although Delta Search says that they are not any virus or malware and if someone needs to uninstall it, they help them removing it. This is ridiculous. People knows how to remove software, then why they are not able to uninstall it?
It’s because it’s not easy to uninstall a malware.
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How to Remove Delta Search?
Let Uninstall Delta Search Permanently.
Step 1: Uninstall it from Add and Remove Programs or by going into
Control Panel > Programs and Features
Look there for delta search, right click on it and click uninstall.
Such viruses cum malware are expert in changing their names. This particular malware have found in systems with Delta Chrome Toolbar OR Mixi DJ OR Yontoo OR Browser Protect. I advice you to have a look for these names and if you found any of them, please uninstall them as well.
You must be thinking that you are done. Not yet. So, far we have done the normal process of uninstallation for a software. Not the case of a malware.
Remove Delta Search From IE:
Open Internet Explorer, press ALT (it will bring the bar at the top).
Go to Tools > Manage Add-ons
have a look for the above listed different names of delta search and remove them from “Toolbar and Extensions” & from “Search Provider” if found any.
In the search provider section leave only leading search provider like bing, yahoo or google. Remove anything else.
Remove it From Firefox:
Go to Firefox. Press ALT to bring menu bar.
Tools > Add-ons > Extensions
Find delta search and it’s variants and remove them (Uninstall).
Tools > Options
reset the homepage to some leading search engine and remove others.
Remove it From Google Chrome:
Go to Chrome. Click on those 3 horizontal lines on the top right corner to bring chrome menu-bar.
Tools > Extensions
Remove Delta Search and it’s other variants. Click on the recycle-bin button to uninstall permanently.
Again click on those 3 lines on top-right and go to Settings.
Look at the Search and click Manage Search Engines. Select only the leading search engine as default. Be on the safe side and remove others (if you don’t need them).
NOTE: If you don’t think that you haven’t installed delta search or you don’t know about how it came into your system there it must be possible that you are using some tricky software which have its root deep into the system. You need to run a full system scan with these utilities. MalwareBytes Anti Malware or SpyBot.