Desperate to get rid of Delta Search or conduit search from new tab page in Firefox? If you fed up with delta search thing to get rid of, read this article to figure it out.
Many users have been searching around to wonder whether delta search is a virus or malware or not, and how to rescue their web browser from Delta Search overriding the web search with constantly redirects and new tab/homepage replacement. If you are also one among them, and you want to remove Delta Search in firefox, this article will help you at this point.
I am desperate to remove Delta Search from my new tab page. What do I do after I open about:config? I have done at least a dozen resets, have removed DS via add/remove, am running a virus scan at present…this is TERRIBLE, and there HAS to be a way to get rid of it. When I do a reset, the new tab page is what I WANT…my previously saved pages. However, when I CLOSE FF and reopen, the new page is, once again, Delta. Can you hear me SCREAM? Can you see my TEARS? I am really fed up. Thanks for getting back to me with a solution that WORKS.
About Delta Search
Delta Search works in form of browser add-on, as well as by replacing the search engine and web homepage/ new tab page. Delta Search redirects are often caused by reckless PUP bundling install. That is to say, if you download some software, freeware especially, and it is likely the software comes bundling some toolbars like Delta Search toolbar, mixi.DJ search toolbar, WhiteSmoke toolbar, etc. These toolbars can all cause your web search redirected to delta search or conduit search.
Delta Search page on August 22nd, 2013
Please note that delta search page may show different over time.
To reveal the truth, Delta Search is actually owned by Conduit company, which so far has released so many low-rating toolbars or community bars that users think these things are annoying, unwanted and even risky. And also that is why sometimes the Conduit search comes together with the Delta Search issues. Actually they feature the same and the removal methods are the same as well.
Is Delta Search Safe or not?
Delta Search is neither a virus nor a malware. However it is hardly to say it is safe to use. It is for sure that this Delta Search is annoying with its unwanted constant redirects. Furthermore, Delta Search will record your searching keywords if you use it so as to collect what your interests and your search habits.
Then, if you installed Delta Search involuntarily, you can follow below removal guide to get rid of Delta Search in Firefox.
Delta Search redirects often come with install of below PUPs:
- Delta Search Toolbar
- Mixi.DJ toolbar
- WhiteSmoke Toolbar
- Search Protect Conduit
- Oople Toolbar
- Internet Helper Toolbar
- DivX Browser Bar
- Babylon toolbar
Once installed, there will be an add-on associated with delta search installed to Firefox and your web search engine/search provider will be changed to Delta search and so does the new tab page/homepage. Whenever you open your Firefox, you will be taken to Delta Search which looks like a real search engine. The more tricky way is that recently some careful users may notice that they always see their google.com new tab page or homepage comes up as google.com/webph (local google address adds the /webph), however the truth is that this is actually an changed address by conduit search and this is really tricky. Everyone should be alerted about this.
Apart from constant redirects and hijacking, Delta Search will also slow down your web browsing. The most terrible thing is the Delta Search can even come back even after you repair your browser settings. And this is really a headache.
How to Remove Delta Search/Conduit Search from Firefox New Tab Page (Removal Guide)
Note: Often Delta Search redirects come together with Conduit search. Thus you also need to check it out that your computer is clean from anything related conduit.
Removal Guide outlined:
Step 1. Uninstall related PUP from Control Panel
Step 2. Repair Firefox browser settings
Removal Tips: Before heading for the removal of Delta Search, it is highly recommended to make sure your computer is clean from risks like rootkits or Trojans, by performing a scan with antivirus or antimalware tool like Anvi Smart Defender (safe download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html).
Step 1. Uninstall related PUP from Control Panel
Note: To completely fix the issue, you need to remove all PUP related to Delta Search, and below are some mostly reported PUPs associated with the delta search:
Yontoo, Delta search, Browser Protect, Search Protect by conduit, Mixi.DJ, Internet toolbar, WhiteSmoke, Babylon, Oople Toolbar, etc.
For Win 8: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the Delta Search or related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find the Delta Search related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.
For Windows xp: Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find the Delta Search related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.
Here we take the Delta Search toolbar uninstall for demonstration purpose.
Below is a screenshot for Delta Search Toolbar removal in Control Panel
1. You may fail to uninstall the Delta Search and its related PUP, because it also creates the conduit startup for your machine. If so, then you need to firstly disable the Conduit startup or other related startup so as to enable you to uninstall the Delta Search.
To disable conduit startup, you need to click Windows start button and put msconfig in the search box, pressEnter. Locate the startup tab on the opened window, and find the Conduit search startup, deselect it and clickApply to apply the change and click OK to exit the window.
Open msconfigt window:
Disable the Conduit startup or Search Protect by Conduit startup
2. If you feel inconvenient or uncomfortable to find those multiple related PUPs, you may make full use of this tool-Anvi Uninstaller
which is integrated in Cloud System Booster system cleaner and will list recently installed programs in your computer to facilitate the uninstall.
Cloud System Booster download link: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Start it and click on Expert on the main screen to open Expert interface where you can locate Toolbox tab and select Anvi Uninstaller to Run. 3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the Delta Search toolbar and the related programs to uninstall.
Moreover, the uninstall solution provided by Anvi Uninstaller in Cloud System Booster contains three steps:
- 1 create a system restore point first for convenient troubleshoot;
- 2. uninstall;
- 3, clean left invalid registry entries and junk files of the uninstalled programs (only for pro version).
If you want the solution of the step 3 and other extended system optimization benefits of Cloud System Booster, you can purchase it here:
Cloud System Booster: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
Step 2. Repair Firefox browser settings
Tips: You need to check through your browser settings in order to ensure everything related to Delta Search is removed and repaired. Otherwise you may fail to heal the Firefox search. BTW: there is a tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar that you may take advantages to remove the related add-ons and search engines in Firefox as well as to repair the homepage if you want more convenience.
If you want a more secured method or just prefer to manual repair, try below steps.
1. Remove add-on
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.
On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate then Extensions tab to locate the Delta Search related add-on and click Remove button to remove it.
Remove Delta Search add-on from Firefox
Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find the Conduit plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.
Remove conduit plugin from Firefox
2. Reset homepage
Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.
Then there will open a window of Options as shown below, from where you need to locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like www.google.com or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.
3. Repair search engine
In the opened Firefox window,find the search box and click the right place as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…
Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on Delta Search Customized Web...and then click Remove to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.
4. Configure Firefox
Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.
Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.
Then, on the appeared window, type Delta in the search box to find any items with value containing Conduit or other keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.
When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.
Many users may find that the annoying Delta Search new tab or homepage comes back after while. In such an case, you may apply below method to thoroughly heal the issue by resetting your Firefox. However by doing this way, you will lose some of your personal settings that are useful for you. Fortunately, the Firefox will automatically save your old settings on your desktop in case that you may need some of your personal useful settings.
1. Open Firefox, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu, and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish.
To maintain or optimize your system performance after the browser repair, you can either use the system cleaner Cloud System Booster which can do the system optimizing job in multiple aspects including cleaning junk files, repair registry errors, optimizing system services and the like.
If you want a deep optimization, then hard disk defrag using Anvi Ultimate Defrag may be a good idea.