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Remove Delta Homes (Improved Guide) - Jul 2017 update

removal by Linas Kiguolis - -   Also known as Delta homes search | Type: Browser hijacker

Delta Homes virus does everything to prevent users from removing it

Delta Homes search engine

Delta Homes is a questionable search engine available on site. Users who notice their browsers opening hxxp:// automatically should know that their systems are affected by a browsing-hijacking program[1]. The browser hijacker urges victims to use the suspicious search service just to push ads through results' pages.

The hijacker first showed up back in 2015. In 2016, Delta Homes virus and its popularity reached unseen heights and unfortunately, the success of this potentially unwanted program (PUP) didn't go anywhere in 2017. It is still considered to be one of the most prevalent browser hijackers among ones such as or One of the reasons of the hijacker's success is the fact that it configures browser shortcuts, which complicates its removal.

Technically, Delta Homes browser hijacker is not considered a malicious program. However, you should take into account that it can easily lead you to suspicious websites that are filled with malware. In addition to that, it can cause redirects to its affiliate websites, tracking[2] of people's browsing habits, hundreds of commercial pop-up ads and similar problems.

This program is ad-supported, so there is no surprise that the main thing it seeks is to help its affiliate websites increase their page rank or sales. If you have just discovered that your start page, a new tab page or a default search engine was changed to, we have to warn you that you have just joined the group of affected PC users.

If you checked the Internet, you would see that there are thousands of people who are struggling with the removal of Delta Homes bug. Indeed, its elimination can become a complicated task because this program is closely related to Search Protect – a program, which protects browser's settings so that they can't be changed. That's why we highly recommend you to select automatic removal of this browser hijacker.

If you have just found this browser hijacker on your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or another web browser, the main thing that you should do is to avoid this questionable search site. No matter that it looks like a typical search engine, can hardly be used for searching the web because it is a commercial site.

Beware that this search provider may show you corrupted search results that may be filled with suspicious links, various pop-up ads and similar content that may be harmful. Besides, we have to warn you about Delta Homes ability to track PC users and collect information about their browsing habits.

No matter that it is not a personally identifiable information, we think that you should stay away from programs that are capable of collecting data behind your back! If you want to protect yourself, you should get back to Google, Yahoo or Bing. You can remove Delta Homes hijacker from your computer with a help of ReimageIntego. Reports show that this browser hijacker aggressively targets Italian computer users, so if you happen to be one, check out site[3].

Delta Homes redirect virusDelta Homes virus causes unwanted redirects and collects browsing-related information during victim's browsing sessions. This suspicious browser hijacker has been active since 2015.

Tips to follow if you want to avoid installing browser hijackers

Delta Homes is one of these potentially unwanted programs that are mostly spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware. If you are a constant visitor of our site, you may have already heard about bundling. That's how the method, which is used for spreading PUPs without people's awareness, is called.

Yes, bundling is still legitimate distribution method but we believe that developers of freeware should start checking what they promote with its help because there are thousands of disappointed PC users. If you want to know how could you prevent Delta Homes homepage or the default search engine, you should read what is given in freeware's End User's License Agreement and Privacy Policy. Also, make sure you select Custom or Advanced installation method, and then carefully follow every installation step.

After discovering a pre-checked check mark that claims that you want to change your start page or a default search engine to deltahomes or another search site, you should uncheck it. If your web browser was affected by this adware, you should check the second page of this guide and fix your computer.

Remove Delta Homes from Firefox, Chrome, and other affected web browsers

We strongly recommend you to remove Delta-Homes virus because to keep your computer safe, you must get rid of programs that belong to spyware or malware category. Redirects to and other unknown websites is one of the most dangerous activities that browser hijackers may initiate on your computer. If you want to avoid them and protect yourself from visiting unknown and unsafe websites, you should follow a guide below and get rid of this browser hijacker.

To make sure that this program is eliminated with all of its components, you should test the system using anti-malware software. This option will help you make sure that your computer is totally free of viruses, such as malware, ransomware, and spyware – adware and other browsers hijackers.

Of course, if you think that you have a right amount of PC-related knowledge, you can also opt for Manual Delta Homes removal and fix your computer by following step-by-step guide. If you want to select this removal method, you have to remember that being very careful is the key when using it.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Delta Homes, follow these steps:

Uninstall Delta Homes from Windows systems

  • Remove virus by uninstalling the following programs from your PC: Search Protect, Delta Toolbar (Chrome and Firefox versions).
  • Now, clean compromised browser shortcuts. You need to right-click on browser shortcut, go to Properties and select Shortcut tab.
  • Here, you need to find the Target option and check what's written behind chrome.exe”/firefox.exe”/iexplore.exe”. The line in commas should stay untouched, but you must remove the URL that goes after it. Once you delete it, click Apply and OK.

  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 Delta Homes and related programs
    Here, look for Delta Homes 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 Delta Homes 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.

Delete Delta Homes from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Delta Homes from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Delta Homes-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Delta Homes, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Delta Homes and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Delta Homes-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove Delta Homes from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Delta Homes and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Delta Homes removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Delta Homes from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Delta Homes-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of Delta Homes from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Open Firefox. Type about:config in the address box, and hit Enter.
  2. Now, agree that you want to enter the Firefox configuration panel.
  3. Search for delta. Find the ones with string type, right-click them and choose Reset option. Leave integers, booleans and other types of components.

    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 Delta Homes 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 Delta Homes removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

    Eliminate Delta Homes from Google Chrome

    Uninstall suspicious elements from Chrome. Delete Search Protect extension, but do not forget to eliminate other suspicious-looking ones as well.

    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 Delta Homes 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 Delta Homes removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

    Uninstall Delta Homes 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 Delta Homes 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 Delta Homes, 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 Delta Homes removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. William Bateman says:
    July 10th, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Delete Delta Homes ;

    After using every tip and every tool supposed to get rid of this Malwarebytes found it hiding in the following location on a Win 8.1 OS

    PUP.Optional.DeltaHomes.A, C:UsersWilliamAppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultLocal,


    PUP.Optional.DeltaHomes.A, C:UsersWilliamAppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultLocal,

    Malwarebytes quarantined both occurrences.

    BUT, and this is where its sneaky, it still came up hijacking both Chrome and IE. Thats where an exhaustive visual check found the last vestige of it in;

    C:UsersWilliamAppDataLocalRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuicklaunchLaunchInternetExplorer (a shortcut)

    Right click and click on properties

    You;ll find Delta Homes has attached itself to the “Target” for launch. Edit out the Delta Homes reference and youre finally clear of it in both Chrome and IE.

    Hope it helps.

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