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Remove redirect (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Tutorial

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Delta Search | Type: Browser hijacker

What to expect from so-called virus? virus is a suspicious search engine, created byBabylon Ltd, that tends to hijack[1] all popular web browser. Due to its ability to take full control over the browsers, it is classified as a browser hijacker. This potentially unwanted application may initiate various issues on the affected computer. First of all, it alters targeted browser’s settings and might modify Windows shortcuts or registry in order to prevent users from getting rid of it easily. Secondly, it might bother with continuous redirects to the unknown websites that promote various goods and services. Thirdly, browser hijacker might provide tons of annoying pop-ups that make your browser freeze or crash. It goes without saying that commercial content and redirects make browsing the Web nerve-wracking. Fourthly, this program might be capable of tracking data. Getting to know more about the user allows delivering personalized ads[2] and encourage people to click them. Clicks are crucial for the developers because they generate advertising-based revenue[3]. Sadly, some of the links or ads might redirect to the shady and harmful places on Web. If you want to stay safe and avoid these issues, you should scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and let this anti-malware software detect and eliminate this cyber parasite. Of course, you can remove manually too, but the first method is easier. virus spreads as a browser add-on, known as Delta Search Toolbar. It mostly travels in a bundle with freeware and shareware, which should be monitored for getting a chance to avoid them. So, it means that your browser is not guilty of this issue. Actually, it’s your fault that it sneaked inside the system because you have installed particular free program carelessly. Now, you should stay away from this search engine. It’s even better to start removal immediately. Please, do NOT fall into thinking that or similar search engine (,, etc.) is a normal search engine! If you don’t want to visit suspicious and clearly unsafe websites, you should stay away from it. If you have just found yourself on this or similar search engine without any intention to do that, you should leave it because it may not only show you altered search results. However, the main problem is related to redirect issues. Some of the links included in the search results and delivered ads may redirect to the infected, tech support or phishing[4] website, where you can get infected with ransomware[5] or become a victim of other cyber crimes.

The image of redirect redirect virus might hijack all popular web browsers, alter their settings, and bother their users with forced visits to the sponsored websites.

How did this browser hijacker end up on my computer?

As we have mentioned, redirect virus may infiltrate your computer without any permission asked because its distribution relies on a suspicious technique, which is known as bundling. Beware that this hijacker may hide inside freeware, shareware and similar software, which is promoted for free, so you should start monitoring its installation. How can you do that? In order to prevent from hijack and keep your browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) protected, you should always select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. After doing so, make sure you uncheck all checkboxes that claim that you want to make Delta Search your homepage or your default search engine. To sum up, it’s clear that owners of this page are using unfair methods for promoting their search engine. If you are familiar with this problem and have been suffering from annoying redirects for a while, you should keep reading to know how can you remove this hijacker from your computer.

How to solve redirect problem?

Only one redirect might cost you a lot. You may lose your files to the ransomware or reveal private details to the cyber criminals. Hence, you should not postpone this activity. It may initiate many other unwanted activities that make your online life miserable and unbearable. If you have found this search engine on your computer and you know that you haven’t installed it by yourself, you have to follow the guide below and remove ASAP. The illustrated guidelines help you to locate and delete browser hijacker. Though, you should be careful and eliminate all hijacker-related components. If you miss something, you may be unpleasantly surprised that it still is in your browser after rebooting your PC. If you do not want to encounter any unpleasant surprises, you should opt for automatic removal. This method requires installing an anti-malware program and scanning the computer with updated software. We highly recommend choosing this method because you may also be tricked into installing other browser hijackers, an adware-type program, and similar PUP on your computer, and professional tools remove them all.

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To remove redirect, follow these steps:

Uninstall from Windows systems removal requires carefully looking through the list of installed programs on the computer and look for the browser hijacker. Make sure you remove it from the computer along with its components.

  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.

Remove from Mac OS X system

If you have experienced hijack, please follow the instructions below to remove it from the Mac.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow these steps to fix all the problems caused by browser hijacker. Then, you will be able to set your preferred homepage and default search engine on Internet Explorer.

  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

Erase redirect from Microsoft Edge

The guidelines below will help you reset Microsoft Edge after the hijack.

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.

Eliminate from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

In the list of Extensions look for or related applications. Remove them without any consideration. They might be responsible for bringing suspicious ads or tracking data. Then, restore Mozilla’s settings as shown below.

  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

Get rid of from Google Chrome

Sometimes browser hijackers install third-party extensions, add-ons or toolbars. Make sure that virus hasn’t caused the same problem to you. Also, don’t forget to reset the settings in order to use browser normally again.

  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

Uninstall from Safari

Check Safari for unknown and suspicious extensions. If you find them, remove without hesitation.

  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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. mic and co says:
    February 9th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    thanks a lot this worked 10 times beter than the ones on youtube

  2. Monica says:
    February 20th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you so much! I was going insane and now its gone!

  3. William says:
    February 24th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Eu não quero este redicionamento.

  4. William says:
    February 24th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Para que serve esta janelaa?

  5. Moarxweird says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    This Introduction seems great, but it doesnt work yet. Everytime I open a new Tab, it goes to delta search website, and i couldnt manage to stop that. Fortunately I never had that toolbar, but it always starts the page when i open a tab… i set as my starting page, but it doesnt work… please help?

  6. Superman says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 8:47 am



    This jerk above from the company requesting you email him for instructions…scumbag.
    Out of curiosity I went to their site. They ask you download undoubtedly another virus for removal..

    I dont know how these idiots make money doing this or why it is worth their time, but GET A F**KING LIFE !!

    To remove.

    It is attached to Browser Protect, another virus you will have installed with it.
    I got this by downloading subtitles for a movie, foolishly and against my better judgement.

    Anyway, get these. I have researched all of this stuff and they are the best around. Trust me.

    IO BIT Uninstaller – This uninstalls and will FORCE uninstall of all programs on your machine PLUS delete all of the registry files associated with the program. It is very good.

    ..PS> I also use and recommend IO Bit Smart Defrag…real time defrag. It is very good and comes highly recommended. I like their software so much I downloaded and use also their malware program…fwiw

    CCLEANER – the steadfast and solid computer cleaner which I have always used..their registry cleaner did pick up remaining traces of the programs Active X portion…but I did run it before IOBit so perhaps IoBit would have taken them also…nevertheless, if you get one cleaner, make it this one.

    Lastly, the last freee version of JV16 PowerTools. – Cannot recall the version at the moment, but it is well known and always suggested amongst experts. USE WITH EXTREME CAUTION…but it is very safe and backs up everything you do. Simply use common sense. Goto Registry Cleaner, Anything you do not recognize, right click on it for entry details. All I did not recognize were google chrome, and Delta related items. Then run the cleaner.

    A red dot beside means it should not be removed. Green means ok, but use common sense. If you scroll across, even those in red shown after IOBit Removal were actually files related to Delta. Delete them.

    AFter all is good, delete the backups.

    that is all.
    These are the best programs around. I research thigns very thoroughly, and do keep a level head about these things and try and ignore all teh talk on everyone has an opinion and suggests software, etc…but these are genuinely the best.

    I never write comments online, but hope this helps others.
    I hate this crap from these people….

    Best regards

  7. Superman says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 8:54 am

    PS – Within Firefox delete the add on, change home page back to whatever you use..

    ALSO, do not click on the pop up after removing some of the registry entries that states something to the effect “A program is requesting to change your browser settings. Keep your current settings?”

    Upon initial disabling and removal of the add on within Firefox and some of the registry entries using JV16 PowerTools as noted above, this popped up.

    Clicking yes will reinstall the thing..

    So I recommend to remove all of the registry entries as stated above first, then reboot and open browser. I believe the add on will no longer even be there.

    ok, thats all I know…Kind regards

  8. Delta Search says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 6:31 am

    As a member of the Delta Search Support Department, I am happy to answer any questions you have. The removal of our Search program is actually quite easy. Please send me an email at and I will send you the removal instructions.

  9. F DS says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Why dont you just give the removal instructions here you friggin douchebag.

  10. Andre says:
    April 24th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    remove delta search from my system please

  11. S says:
    July 5th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I dont know what to do anymore, I just cant get rid of it.
    Tried everything I found online. Im desperate & its getting on my nerves.

  12. Also S says:
    August 13th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Hey, download HitmanPro, its a really good virus removal software from Google. Download it for free, run a scan, then click “Free 30 Day Trial” (or else the program wont remove the files for you, and its a pain to do on your own). After that, youll get a prompt to reboot your comp and then the files should be gone. Hope that helps!

    (PS, it has to be Hitman as I tried my other anti-virus programs and they didnt detect anything)

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