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Remove Redirect (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide) hijacks your web search by replacing your homepage or new tab or just pop up when you are clicking the shortcut of some program? Read more in this article to figure it out and get rid of this browser hijacker.

What is

If gets in your way to use the normal web search, then you may get some PUP (potentially unwanted program) on your machine. This is a browser hijacker which is promoted by free downloads. It pops up to web browser IE, Firefox and Chrome when the homepage or new tab is opened. It mimics the popular web search like Google,Yahoo, etc. However, does show some malicious traits while it is not, strictly speaking, a virus.   The image of

websearch-wise-search-infor hijacker

Currently many adware or PUP are distributed in order to make money by ads-supporting or promoting services. And this is just one among those numerous ones. It pop ups like real famous search by modifying the default search engine/search provider and replacing the homepage/new tab, and shows the ads-banner by injecting toolbar without users’ consent or knowledge. can be removed completely from your web browser. And you can take advantages of below removal guide.

Risks of Having Hijacker


> The web browser performs slower and slower.

> More risks to expose machine to dangerous webpages.

> The hijacking the web search are annoying, like getting in the way of smooth Google search using.

> It causes disorder web browser settings and that may even cause more PUP downloaded and complicate the web search thing.

How to Get Rid of Redirect (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide) 


Step 1> Uninstall PUP from Control Panel
Step 2> Remove from Internet Explorer
         > Remove from Mozilla Firefox
         > Remove from Google Chrome
Step 3> Remove malicious leftovers and maintain the system performance
Tips to Prevent PUP Install


Removal tips: To ensure the machine is clean away from hidden risky components of the browser hijacker, you are highly recommended to full scan your PC using your installed antivirus or here recommended antimalware-Anvi Smart Defender.


delta search asd scanned result

Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button. 3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.


Step 1> Uninstall PUP from Control Panel


Search protect by conduit uninstall

Here for demonstration, we use the most common Search Protect by Conduit as an example. 

Note: To completely fix the issue, you need to remove all suspicious PUP since many PUPs can cause the hijacking, and below are some mostly reported PUPs associated with the

 Web Search, 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 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 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 related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.

Uninstall Tips:

It is possible that the uninstall may be difficult to fulfill when you don’t know which and when causes this issue, then you may use this tool-Anvi Uninstaller which is integrated in Cloud System Booster (a system cleaner).

Cloud System Booster download:

There is a Recently Installed tab in the Anvi Uninstaller which can help more conveniently find the recently uninstalled PUP and then clean the leftovers (registry entries left). To use this tool, you can

  • 1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster.
  • 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.

Anvi Uninstaller recently installed

Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall



Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.

Anvi Uninstall 2



And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here:

Step 2> Remove from IE/Firefox/Chrome


To remove from IE/Firefox/Chrome, you can either use below provided tool or manually repair the browser settings including reset homepage, remove related add-on and remove related search engine.

Either way you choose, please take all the way up to complete the removal since sometimes the fix may vary depending on the specific situation. If any question happens during the removal, stop and get in touch for timely assistance.

Automatic Repair:

Download and install this automatic browser repair tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar (download: )

Instructions: 1. Download and install 2. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen. 3. Find the related add-on/plugin from the appeared list, select them to remove. 4. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.

Remove related add-on/extension/plug-in from IE, Firefox and Chrome using Anvi Slim Toolbar

remove toolbar using anvi slim toolbar



Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar

Slim toolbar browser repair delta search


—Manual Removal and Repair


If the tool just failed to do its work in your case or you just prefer to the manual removal and repair, below are step by step manual removal guides in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. If any question, feel free to get in touch.


IEInternet Explorer Users

Note: please repair all the browser settings changed by as instructed here to return a normal Internet Explorer search.

Whatever, your optional choice is to reset the IE, see detailed instructions here: how to reset IE/Firefox/Chrome

1. Remove add-on

Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on

There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find the Delta Search and related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove it one by one.

delta search toolbar add-on in IE

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.

2. Remove Search engine

Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for and select related search engine and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the related search engine is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )

delta search engine removal in IE


3. Reset homepage

Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. Then there will come out a window of Internet Options, under the General tab, locate on Home page area, to repair the homepage, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

homepage reset in IE

Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.

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Firefox Mozilla Firefox users


Besides the manual repair, your optional choice is to reset the Firefox, see detailed instructions here: how to reset IE/Firefox/Chrome


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.

Firefox add-ons1


On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate the related add-on and click Remove button to remove it.

Remove related add-on from Firefox

delta search add-on 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

remove conduit plugin from firefox


2. Reset homepage

Click Firefox button to select Options->Options from the dropped menu.

Firefox homepage reset 1

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 or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.

firefox homepage reset


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…

Remove web search search engine from firefox


Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on the Web Search and then click Remove to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.

remove web search engine from firefox


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.

Firefox configuration

Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.

Then,  on the appeared window, type Web Search or any other keywords of the related PUP in the search box to find any items with value containing entered keyworkds from list there by highlighting the item and right-click on it to select Reset, one by one.

configure Firefox from web search

5. Ensure no shortcut added to Firefox

Close Firefox and right click its icon on the desktop to navigate to the Properties from the dropped list, where you need to locate the Shortcut tab and under the target column, ensure there is no shortcut website address added after the forefox.exe

clean shortcut in firefox


When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

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chromeGoogle Chrome users


Besides the manual repair (here we use delta search removal for demonstruction purpose), your optional choice is to reset the Google Chrome, see detailed instructions here: how to reset IE/Firefox/Chrome


1. Remove Add-on

Open Google Chrome, and click the wrench or bars icon to navigate to Tools → Extensions.

Chrome extension removal 1


On the opened window, search for the related extensions as the Delta Search and related extensions. Locate the Delta Search and click the Trash can icon to remove it.

mixi dj delta search extension removal in chrome


2. Reset homepage

On the opened window, switch to Settings as shown in below image and then under the On startup area, click Set pages

Chrome homepage reset

There will open a page as shown below. Locate the http:\\ address and click X to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit.

conduit webph hijack delta search chrome 2



Here you may notice that the utilizes the name of Google, shown as the replaced homepage of google webph. Make sure remove it from the start page and homepage on both areas of On Startup andAppearance 

reset homepage and startup page of conduit in chrome

3. Remove Search Engine 

Still on the Chrome settings window, find the search area and click on manage search engine button.

conduit search engine in chrome 1

Then you will open a window like below picture. Firstly you need to select another search engine like as default in order to remove other unwanted search engines like Conduit Search or Web Search.

delta search removal in google chrome


After set Google as the default search engine, click Conduit Search and then click X to remove them one by one.

conduit search engine removal google chrome



Then click Done at the bottom to save the change and exit.

4. Ensure no shortcut added in Chrome

It is possible that the is added in the shortcut. And if so, you also need to remove it from the shortcut in order to keep it away from the web browser. To do this:

Close the Google chrome and find its icon on desktop, right click and navigate to properties from the dropped list. On the Google Chrome’s Properties window, click on Shortcut tab and locate the target column, see if there is an address of the PUP added after the google chrome.exe. If any, remove the added website and click OK to complete.

Clean google chrome shortcut

Restart the Google Chrome to check. And that’s it.


Step 3> Remove Leftovers and Maintain System Performance


After the PUP uninstall, it is necessary to do a system cleaning since many leftovers and junk files jam there to degrade the system performance. Again, the Cloud System Booster can help you conveniently clean those risky junk files and maintain the system performance.

Cloud System Booster download:

This tool can be either for emergency slow computer troubleshoot or system maintenance on daily basis.

cloud system booster system cleaning

More recommended: if you want a deep optimization, then hard disk defragmentation would be a good idea. As for this, Anvi Ultimate Defrag is available for your nice try.

This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download:


Tips to Avoid PUP Uninstall


1. Antivirus/antimalware and firewall is generally effective to prevent majority of virus risks and if you also take caution and get your system well maintained, then the security will be boosted.

2. Always be cautions when you download and install software from the Internet. Pay lose inspection to the install process in case of any bundled toolbar or PUP installed as well.

3. Always opt for custom install instead of automatic install.

4. Whatever, even if you get some annoying PUP install, generally it can be manually removed thoroughly with right method.

If any question in the removal process, contact us at any time for timely help.