Saturday, 24 May 2014

Removing Delta search, Q search, and other unwanted toolbars from your computer

Removing Delta search, Q search, and other unwanted toolbars from your computer

These unwanted toolbars are a type of adware also known as browser hijackers. A browser hijacker changes your web browser's home page and default search provider to a different one without your permission. The toolbars are usually bundled with certain free programs that you normally download and install. These bundles include a licensing agreement that you must accept to download and install the software. The agreement applies to all software in the bundle including the unwanted toolbars. Since a licensing agreement was agreed to, Norton currently will not detect them as malicious even though the toolbar behaves suspiciously.
A few unwanted toolbars:
  • Babylon toolbar
  • Delta search
  • Delta toolbar
  • Facemoods
  • Qvo6
  • Search Assistant SearchWeb
  • Search result
  • Snap.do
  • Vitalia installer
To remove Search Protect by Conduit from your computer, read How do I uninstall Search Protect by Conduit from my computer?
Download and run the Norton Power Eraser to scan and remove the unwanted toolbars. If Norton Power Eraser does not remove the unwanted toolbars, then manually remove them by using the Add/Remove Programs or Uninstall a Program in the Control Panel

Download and run Norton Power Eraser

  1. Click Save.
  2. Select the location as Desktop, and then click Save.
  3. To run Norton Power Eraser, double click the NPE.exe file.
    If the User Account Control window prompts, click Yes or Continue.
  4. Read the license agreement, and click Accept.
  5. In the Norton Power Eraser window, click the Advanced Options icon.
  6. In the Advanced window, next to Unwanted Application Scan, click Scan Now to scan your computer.
    When Norton Power Eraser completes the scan, the results are displayed in the Unwanted Apps Scan Complete window.
  7. In the Unwanted Apps Scan Complete window, next to the unwanted application or toolbar, click Uninstall.
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  9. When the uninstall completes, restart the computer.

Uninstall the toolbar

  1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type in the following text, and then press Enter.
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  3. In the list of currently installed programs, select the unknown toolbar, and then click Uninstall or Remove.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. When the uninstall completes, restart the computer.
Adware generally installs a new toolbar in your browsers and changes your default search engine setting to a third-party search engine. Depending on your browser, reset the browser settings to completely remove the unwanted toolbars and search engines.

Reset Microsoft Internet Explorer settings

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Manage add-ons.
  3. In the Manage Add-ons window, under Add-on Types, select Toolbars and Extensions.
  4. If you find any suspicious toolbar listed, select that toolbar, and click Disable.
  5. In the Manage Add-ons window, under Add-on Types, select Search Providers.
  6. Select a search engine, and click Set as default.
  7. Select the unknown search engine, and click Remove and Close.
  8. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
  9. In the General tab, under Home page, enter the address of your preferred page.
  10. Click Apply and OK.
  11. On the desktop, right-click the Internet Explorer shortcut and select Properties.
  12. In the Internet Explorer Properties window, under the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, delete the text after iexplore.exe.
  13. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
  14. Click Close.

Reset Google Chrome settings

  1. Start Google Chrome.
  2. On the top-right corner, click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon, and click Settings.
  3. Under Chrome, click Extensions.
  4. In the Extensions window, select the unknown extensions, and click the trash bin icon.
  5. Under Chrome, click Settings.
  6. In the Settings window, under On startup, click Set pages.
  7. In the Startup pages window, from the list of startup pages, select the suspicious entries and click X.
  8. Click OK.
  9. In the Settings window, under Appearence, select Show Home button, and click Change.
  10. In the Home page window, select Use the New Tab page and click OK.
  11. In the Settings window, under Search, click Manage search engines.
  12. In the Search engines window, select your preferred default search engine and click Make default.
  13. In the Default search settings list, select the unknown search engine, and click X.
  14. Click Done.

Reset Mozilla Firefox settings

  1. Start Firefox.
  2. On the top-right corner, click the Open menu icon, and click Add-ons.
  3. In the Add-ons Manager page, select Extensions.
  4. Check the list of extensions for suspicious entries. If any, select the extension and click Disable.
  5. Click the Open menu icon, and click Options.
  6. In the Options window, under General tab, click Restore to Default.
  7. Click OK.
  8. In the Firefox window, next to the URL field, click the down arrow and select Manage Search Engines.
  9. In the Manage Search Engine List window, select the unknown search engine, and click Remove.
  10. Click OK.

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