New tab page or homepage is redirected to www2.delta-search.com or mixidj.delta-search.com? Read more in this article to figure it out and get rid of it as instructed step by step.
Table of Contents
- I. What is www2.delta-search.com redirects
- II. How Did I get www2.delta-search.com on my computer
- III. How to Avoid sites like www2.delta-search.com from Coming into My System?
- IV. How to Remove www2.delta-search.com from IE, Firefox and Chrome
I. What is www2.delta-search.com redirects
For a long time many users have been complained about delta search hijacking that has overtaken their web browser as a search engine like reputable google. However, its coercive behavior makes a pushy impression on users. In fact, similar to www1.delta-search.com and mixidj.delta-search.com, this hijacker also infect scomputer system in order to take over the web search by modifying the start page as www2.delta-search.com and replacing the default search engine, homepage and even adding its related add-on. The www2.delta-search.com hijacker infects computer for the purpose of promoting sponsored links and collecting users information. Thus, most users think it a virus or a browser hijacker to remove. If you are also one of them, follow the step by step removal instructions below to remove www2.delta-search.com and clean the computer system.
II. How Did www2.delta-search.com Get into My Computer?
So, first we would like to note that www2.delta-search.com may sometimes come into your computer because of your direct participation. Let’s make the scenario reappear. Let’s say, you wake up one sunny morning and decide to browse for some news over the Internet. Then suddenly you see the offer to download certain application which, in your opinion, would be great to have. Moreover, it is absolutely free. So, you gladly hit the ‘Download’ button and install this application. Yet, you do not notice that while installing this software you are also warned by the install wizard about installation of some other tools, including www2.delta-search.com add-on. You might as well install some other unwanted stuff, and your failure to remove all these additional installs results in appearance of these undesirable programs on your computer as well. As you see, this is one of the most typical ways that www2.delta-search.com can be brought to your computer.
The screenshot of www2.delta-search.com
III. How to Avoid sites like www2.delta-search.com from Coming into My System?
This is surely a good question. First of all, make sure that you always choose the custom installation instead of the standard one, while installing any freeware of shareware downloaded online. Always remove all unwanted stuff off your system. Scan your computer with powerful security (Here we recommend you the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender for the purpose) . Finally, perform some other manual steps as described below to completely get rid of www2.delta-search.com off your browser.
IV. How to Remove www2.delta-search.com from IE, Firefox and Chrome
Important Note: www2.delta-search.com hijacker, like www1.delta-search.com or mixidj.delta-search.com, can be complex to get rid of because it may come back because of some bad leftovers not removed. If so, you may need to ensure it completely go through all removal steps specified below or just conveniently reset the browser settings as instructed here: how to reset IE, Firefox and Chrome
www2.delta-search.com removal guide outlined:
- Step 1. Remove related PUP from Control Panel
- Step 2. Check for networking settings like LAN setting, DNS settings and hosts files to ensure right internet connection
- Step 3. Repair browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome
- Step 4. Maintain system performance (Recommended)
Removal tips: Before you head for the below removal steps, please ensure your computer is clean from any trojans or rootkits infiltration by performing a full scan using a trusted antivirus or antimalware. And here we recommend you use the Anvi Smart Defender for demonstration. This tool will help you conveniently find out the hidden delta search components and get rid of that.
Free download link: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
Please note, the Anvi Smart Defender tool can surely help you find those risky components of delta search and related PUP components or backdoor. Chances are this may not fix the browser search hijacking issues. Then, you may follow below manual removal guide to return normal web search.
Step 1. Remove Delta Search 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 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.
Step 2. Check for 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 3. 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 Repairbutton 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 4. 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.
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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
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