www1.delta-search.com overrides your web search and cause unwanted redirects? Read more in this article to get rid of the delta search hijacker completely as instructed.
Similar to www2.delta-search.com, mixidj.delta-search.com and visualbee.delta-search.com, www1.delta-search.com is a browser hijacker caused by delta search related PUP install. Often it comes together with Delta Search or Conduit related PUP to modify the homepage, start page, and replace the default search engine. For months, many users have complained about the delta search redirects and hijacking issues, and have been searching around to fix this. If you are one among these users, follow below removal guide to hit the goal.
Screenshot of www1.delta-search.com hijacker
Is www1.delta-search.com safe to use?
Many users think that delta search or www1.delta-search.com a virus or malware due to its stubborn behaviors of homepage hijacking and search redirects. However, strictly speaking, it is neither a virus nor a malware and it is just a potentially unwanted program. But it is not safe to use because there may also comes backdoor or rootkits sometimes. Owned by the Conduit company, this www1.delta-search.com actually works as an ads supporting platform for making revenue.
How to Completely Remove www1.delta-search.com from IE, Firefox and Chrome
Important note: To completely remove mixidj.delta-search.com from your web browser, you need to go through the whole removal steps. And before manually extract the issue, you need to use a trusted antivirus or antimalware to detect and remove the potential related risky components and here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender for demonstration purpose.
Removal Guide outlined
- Step 1. Remove hidden risky components using Anvi Smart Defender antimalware
- Step 2. Uninstall related PUP from Control Panel
- Step 3. Check Network Settings to Make it right
- Step 4. Manually repair browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome
- Step 5. Maintain and optimize system performance (recommended)
Step 1. Remove hidden risk components using Anvi Smart Defender antimalware
Anvi Smart Defender Free download link: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
Step 2. Remove 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, Free Smiley & Emotions, etc.
For Win 8: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the Mixi.DJ or Delta Search 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 Mixi.DJ or 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.
Step 3. Check network settings to make it right
Chances are that some rootkits or backdoor come together to make your privacy at risk. It is a good idea to check the LAN settings, DNS settings and hosts files to ensure right internet connection.
For specified details on check for network settings including LAN settings DNS settings and hosts files, visit this article if you need: How to Check for right LAN settings, DNS settings and hosts files
Step 4. Repair Browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome
To repair browser settings, generally there are mainly three aspects in fixing browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome: remove add-on and related search engine, fix the homepage. Now to conveniently repair the browser settings, you can use this tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar. (download: www.dotfab.com/download_ast.html )
Instructions: 1. Download and install 2. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen. 3. Find the Delta Search 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 Delta Search related add-on/extension/plug-in from IE, Firefox and Chrome using Anvi Slim Toolbar
Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar
—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.
Note: please repair all the browser settings changed by Delta Search as instructed here to return a normal Internet Explorer search.
1. Remove add-on
Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select 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.
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 Delta Search and Conduit related search engine and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the Delta Search 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. )
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 www.google.com in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.
Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.
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 the 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.
1. Remove Add-on
Open Google Chrome, and click the wrench or bars icon to navigate to Tools → Extensions.
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.
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
There will open a page as shown below. Locate the http:\\search.conduit.com address and click X to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit.
Here you may notice that the search.conduit.com 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
3. Remove Search Engine
Still on the Chrome settings window, find the search area and click on manage search engine button.
Then you will open a window like below picture. Firstly you need to select another search engine like google.com as default in order to remove other unwanted search engines like Conduit Search.
After set Google as the default search engine, click Conduit Search and then click X to remove them one by one.
If you also find the Delta Search exists below as shown in above image, please also remove it by locating it and clicking the Trash icon.
Then click Done at the bottom to save the change and exit.
Restart the Google Chrome to check. And that’s it.
For Internet Explorer users
Step 5. Maintain System Performance (Recommended)
In order to return a well-performing system or better running OS, it is highly recommended to do system optimization, especially after uninstalling unwanted programs from the computer because there will be many junk files like invalid registry entries, temps and others to jam the system.
To maintain and optimize system performance, you can use some system cleaner/optimizer like above mentioned Cloud System Booster, which can boost your computer performance by fully removing the junk files, optimizing services and applications.
Cloud System Booster download link: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
For deep optimization, you may consider the hard disk defrag and using some tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag.
Anvi Ultimate Defrag download link: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html
Please note this is a free trail version for 15 days free use. You can freely download and try it here and now.
Screenshot of Anvi Ulimate Defrag
How to Avoid Unwilling Install of PUP like Delta Search
Pay close inspection when you download and install some software, freeware in particular form the Internet. Please always choose custom install in case of any bundled PUP sneaking in.
Whatsoever, the best bet to protect your computer is always the trustworthy security programs.
Good luck and be safe online.