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removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as Delta Homes redirect | Type: Browser hijacker

The activity of increases in July 2017 redirect is browser hijacker[1], which is capable of infecting Windows operating system[2]. It compromises browser shortcuts and adds other components to change victim's browser settings. It forces the victim to use Delta Homes search engine and serves ads in a form of search results.

Here, it's important to realize that is not a virus. It's just a suspicious browser hijacker, which forces the computer user to use a search engine that is used to showcase sponsored content. This search engine looks very similar to, which is suspicious.

The most important thing is that you can hardly know what kind of website it seeks to promote. It can be used for redirecting people to legitimate sites as well as tricking them into visiting really suspicious places that are used just for spreading malware.

We have already received hundreds of reports about this potentially unwanted program from USA, Poland[3], UK, France and other countries. It seems that the activity of this browser-hijacking program increased in summer 2017, especially in July.

It is highly advisable not to click on the “Gift Box” icon on Delta-homes homepage, because it leads directly to affiliate websites that provide suspicious surveys and offers to install other potentially unwanted programs, such as HD Streaming Movies.

Such offers are frequently composed to look like grab-now-or-never deals. For example, when the user completes the survey, the affiliate website offers to install a program, which ostensibly costs over 60 Euros but for some reason is free for the user who has just filled the survey.

According to the delusive ad, there is only one free program left. If the user clicks on “Click Here to Claim Now” button, gets redirected to a suspicious website asking to sign up. Such websites are highly untrustworthy, and we recommend you to stay away from them!

When infected, Delta page appears instead of your start page and the default search engine on each of your web browsers because it is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other ones. Reportedly, search results provided by this search tool can make you visit highly suspicious websites.

If you want to avoid browser redirects to vague or dangerous websites, you should remove hijacker from your computer. Beware that removing this browser hijacker is not an easy task. One of the hijacker's associates is Search Protect application, which protects altered browser's settings and prevents removal.

That's why the most of security experts recommend using automatic removal method. Besides, the hijacker may alter your browser shortcuts to keep causing redirects to hxxp://

If you have been suffering from redirects to deltahomes search page, it might be that there is one thing that you have missed. If you would try to check what is said in its Privacy Policy, you would see that it can be used for tracking PC users and collecting information about their browsing habits.

As the developers of this program claim, they are interested in people's personally non-identifiable information. However, you can never know what parties are capable of reaching it. If you don't want to let unknown parties know what your mostly visited websites are, what data you add when visiting them, what your PC's IP address is or what your email address is, you should stay away from virus.

As we have already mentioned, we think that automatic removal is the best way to get rid of this browser hijacker because it may reappear on your computer right after updating it. In this particular case, we recommend you to use Reimage that will help you to get rid of this program and other suspicious components, such as Search Protect.

Dangerous search engines related to Delta Homes 

There are various versions of Delta-Homes that have different names but function in a very similar way. They all change browser's homepage, new tab and default search preferences just to present a certain version of the bogus search engine. The search engine is created to serve numerous ads to the victim in the form of search results.

Questions about

The developers of these fake search tools generate revenue while the victim has to experience redirects to vague third-party websites that might pose a threat to one's privacy and computer's security. You can consider yourself a victim of a browser hijack if your browser opens one of the following domains automatically: This domain is known to be a version of Delta Homes virus. It is responsible for serving modified search results to computer users. Users install it alongside freeware or shareware after choosing Default or Standard software installation settings. If you noticed this URL appearing in your browser, do not hesitate and perform a system check either manually or using an anti-malware program to detect the perpetrator that prevents you from changing browser's settings. It is one of the most common browser hijackers available today. To remove Delta-Search, users are advised to remove Delta Toolbar, Browser Protect and Browser Defender programs via Control Panel. These programs are distributed via software bundling, and that is the reason why computer users install them unwillingly, yet frequently. After installing one of these programs, victim's browser settings will be altered. Consequently, repetitious redirects to Delta-Search site occur. This search engine is closely associated with low reputation programs available to download online. You should be very careful when installing free programs such as video converters or media players because the majority of them suggests adding virus to the system to change your browser's settings. If your browser causes repetitious redirects to this domain, you should check your system for suspicious programs you installed recently. It might be that free program that you recently downloaded. You must visit Control Panel > Programs and Features section to find programs installed on the same day and remove them ASAP. Such sneaky software often compromises browsers by adding optional browser extensions to them, so you need to get rid of those as well. This search site might replace your browser's homepage after installing Mixi DJ Toolbar (also known as Mixi.DJ virus). The suspicious software is also blamed for distribution of hijacker. We suggest you avoid Mixi.DJ at all costs if you do not want to contaminate your computer with strange browser-hijacking programs. This domain might emerge in your browser after installation of VisualBee, a software that promises to automatically design your PowerPoint presentations. However, it also installs Delta Search hijacker, which forces the victim to use a bogus search engine that mainly presents paid search results supplied by untrustworthy third-parties. browser redirect virus virus is a browser hijacker that alters browser shortcuts to prevent user from deleting it from the system.

Distribution techniques explained

Delta-homes is one of these potentially unwanted programs that are spread using bundling. This distribution technique has been discussed by various security researchers. However, it's still legitimate and allowed. If you want to avoid it, you need to be careful when installing freeware on your computer.

Make sure that you double check installation of Softonic, Babylon Toolbar, uTorrent, Any.Do, BeeLine Reader, Foxit Reader and similar freeware. While people can set this page as their start page and/or the default search engine consciously, in most of the cases they are tricked into installing this program as an optional component of the freeware.

To avoid this and other unplanned downloads (Delta ToolbarConduit,,,,, mystart,,, etc.), there is one thing that you should remember: you MUST choose Custom/Advanced installation method when installing freeware from questionable developers.

In addition, check what additional components it offers and opt out of unknown search engines, add-ons, extensions, toolbars, etc. If you are looking at a pre-checked sentence that says 'Make X my start page' or 'Make X my default search engine', you should uncheck it. Of course, having a reputable anti-spyware that could warn you about the infiltration of such suspicious programs is also recommended.

Common questions about this browser hijacker

Question. I need assistance removing Search from my browser (I use Google Chrome). Could you help me?

Answer. You can get rid of Delta Homes using automatic removal method or manual removal steps. Both of them are given below. Beware that the safest and the most effective way to do that is by running a full system scan with updated anti-spyware. This will help you to avoid reappearance of this browser hijacker in the future.

Question. Help me! I think I am infected with virus. It showed on my computer right after rebooting it…

Answer. No, delta-homes browser hijacker is only a potentially unwanted program, which seeks to hijack all web browsers that are installed on your computer. You most likely downloaded this PUP in a bundle with some free application from the Internet. If you want to delete from your computer completely, you should use steps below.

Question: I am worried because all of my searches are interrupted by redirection. This page has also appeared as my homepage and default search site. I thought that I fixed my computer because I tried to remove delta homes, delta search, conduit and other extensions from my browsers. Unfortunately, they showed up again right after rebooting my PC… Could you help me? I don't want to see popping up the as my homepage anymore…

Answer: The removal of this search page requires lots of knowledge because it relies on Search Protect feature. This feature protects hijacked system settings and prevents delta-homes elimination from computer. If you need a full removal of this browser hijacker, you should opt for Automatic removal method.

Of course, you can also rely on Manual removal steps that were designed by 2-spyware security experts. However, you should be really careful when performing each of these steps. Make sure you follow them attentively and perform them in right order to prevent additional issues on your computer.

Question. Got infected with search virus and now I am suffering from constant redirects and ads. They are telling me that I should fix my registry errors or repair windows errors. Should I trust them? Also, could you help me with removal? It seems it's very complicated..

Answer. First of all, you should stay away from these ads because they are misleading. After clicking them, you can easily infect your PC with additional threats, like adwares, browser hijackers, suspicious PC optimizers and similar applications.

In addition, when trying to remove hijacker from the system, you should know that it travels around in a bundle with additional components that can hardly be detected if you are using manual removal option. That's why you should think about updated anti-spyware. Please, check the guide below to get more information about that.

Question. How can I remove completely? It seems that it keeps infecting my computer again and again and again.

Answer. If you want a full delta homes removal guide, you should scroll down and check the guide below. Make sure you are very careful when performing manual removal steps!

Remove redirect virus for good

If you are affected by this potentially unwanted program and you want to get rid of Delta homes, you should rely on these steps that are given in Automatic and Manual removal guides below. No matter that it may seem that both of these methods are equal, you should always keep in mind that you have to be very careful when using manual removal method.

In fact, you should be have some knowledge about computers and their architecture if you want to fix your computer and leave no files related to this browser hijacker. That's why we highly recommend using automatic removal method of that will help you to detect all hidden files in your computer.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove, follow these steps:

Eliminate from Windows systems

To remove this infection from your computer, you need to access Control panel > Add/Remove programs and look for the following programs:

  • Delta toolbar,
  • Delta Chrome Toolbar,
  • Delta Firefox Toolbar,
  • Search Protect,
  • and other programs developed by Delta.

However, that is not enough to get rid of this spyware threat. Now, you need to clean up each web browser individually. Follow instructions we created and fix each web browser. Finally, scan your PC with Reimage to see if there are any remains of Delta-homes virus.

Fix browser shortcuts affected by DeltaHomes virus:

If you completed all steps but the hijacker still controls your web browser, you should check browser shortcuts this way:

  1. Right-click on browser's shortcut and select Properties.
  2. Now go to Shortcut tab. Here, find the Target field (if you can't find it, please take a look at instructions provided below).
  3. Now, replace the content in the Target field with one of the following (depending on the browser you want to clean):
    • Chrome users: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”
    • Firefox users: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”
    • Internet Explorer users: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall and related programs
    Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Get rid of from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Use instructions provided below, but firstly, perform these steps:

1. In the address bar, type about:config, then hit Enter. Agree if the page asks you if you really want to enter this panel.

2. In the search field, type delta. Then you will see a list of hijacker-related components. Now look at Type section. You have to find the ones with the string type, then right-click on them and click reset.  Do not reset integers, booleans and other variables. 

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Nastya66 says:
    October 19th, 2015 at 5:13 am

    This browser hijacker caused many problems for me. I was unable to use my search online regularly! displayed suspicious search results that used to redirect me to random websites that have nothing in common with my search terms. Also, I didnt know how to delete it until I found this article. Thank you for excellent instructions! I have removed this computer parasite with no effort.

  2. AmmyB says:
    October 19th, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I admit that I usually install new programs using the default settings. My mistake! From now on, I will never choose that option again.

  3. brett says:
    October 19th, 2015 at 6:14 am

    I installed several free programs a few days ago to my computer. I found them on the web, but I didnt expect that they will contain such unwanted programs like hijacker. I will definitely try to be more cautious since now. This report was really informative, thanks!

  4. joshuafr says:
    October 19th, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Surprising! I also used to think that default option is the safe one.
    This unreliable search once redirected me to a website that automatically started a download of an unwanted program! However, I didnt open it. I deleted the file right away because I thought I dont need it. Now I see that it was a smart decision!

  5. Jochem says:
    December 11th, 2015 at 4:16 am

    I have tried several tools to delete delta-homes, but it keeps popping up.
    So this what they are doing is legal?
    I mean: delta-homes is directly referring to its home address. Why doesnt somebody just ring their doorbell and make sure these $#&$@ people are not able to use a keyboard e.a. anymore?

  6. jochem says:
    December 11th, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Haha… spywarehunter finds delta-homes… but you have to pay in order to remove it.
    thankyou. not

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