Just one more thing that have been designed to cause us irritation when we're browsing the internet, delta-homes and similar browser hijackers, search engines that will, without warning, take the place of your existing ones. You'll log on to your computer only to find that delta-homes.com has got rid of your existing one for you and replaced it. That'd be fine if the replacement home page was better than your original - or at least equal to it in functionality – but that won't be the case. After all, the major search engines and operating systems know what they're doing when it comes to giving you search capabilities – more so, I'm willing to bet, than some bedroom programmer/spammer. Unlike most browser hijackers, it displays different home pages for users from different regions, in other words it has a pretty decent localization module. However, that's not really useful and probably won't convince you to use it instead of Google or Bing. Besides, it's actually a pseudo search engine because it redirects users to govome.inspsearch.com and other websites that simply grab search results from Yahoo or Google.
If you've had a new delta-homes home page foisted upon you, chances are you're wondering how to stop it from happening again in the future. Well unfortunately there is no great catch all answer to the problem but, of course, there are a number of practical steps you can take; exercising more caution when you're using the internet being just one of them.
Of course, installing a good anti-malware program on your PC is your first line of defense in the war against online parasites and this will stand you in far better stead of staying safe when you're connected to the World Wide Web. However the problem is that when it comes to browser hijackers, the fact that they are designated potentially unwanted can lead many anti-malware solutions to be fooled by them and view them as potentially wanted instead. It's two sides of the same coin.
What does delta-homes do?
It has quite a few unappealing features. Delta-homes might download adware onto your PC so that you'll be subjected to non-stop pop-up adverts. It generally makes your computer run more slowly and it can cause your internet connection to slow down or keep crashing too. And of course, as mentioned a moment ago, one of its very favorite things to do is to hijack your browser and and change your home page to delta-homes. And in the majority of cases, these browser hijackers are merely a means for manipulating your web searches and redirecting them to websites that the browser hijacker's programmers wants you to visit instead of the destination you were aiming for.
How does delta-homes end up on your PC?
Delta-homes is normally packaged with other programs, meaning when you download Program A you could also be downloading a browser hijacker! The solution: read license agreements properly and check or uncheck boxes mentioning add-ons.
How do I remove delta-homes?
Delta-homes removal can be a tedious task. It modifies browser settings and also makes modifications to Windows registry. Hopefully, the removal guide below will help you to remove this browser hijacker from your computer. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Delta-homes Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this browser hijacker from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Uninstall delta-homes related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).
Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove eSave Security Control, GoPlayer, Desk 365 and any other recently installed application. It won't be listed as delta-homes.com in the currently installed programs list. So, either look for applications mentioned here or try to remember what software you installed recently. It's probably the culprit.
Simply select the application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove delta-homes from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Customize and control Google Chrome icon. Select Settings.
2. Click Set pages under the On startup.
Remove delta-homes.com by clicking the "X" mark as shown in the image below.
3. Click Show Home button under Appearance. Then click Change.
Select Use the New Tab page and click OK to save changes.
4. Click Manager search engines button under Search.
Select Google or any other search engine you like from the list and make it your default search engine provider.
Select delta-homes.com from the list and remove it by clicking the "X" mark as shown in the image below.
5. Right-click the Google Chrome shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.
6. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://www.delta-homes.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Chrome executable file. Nothing more.
Remove delta-homes from Mozilla Firefox:
1. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.
Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.
In the search filter at the top, type: delta-homes
Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by delta-homes. Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!
4. Right-click the Mozilla Firefox shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.
5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://www.delta-homes.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Firefox executable file.
Remove delta-homes in Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons.
2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).
3. Select delta-homes.com and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.
4. Right-click the Internet Explorer shortcut you are using to open your web browser and select Properties.
5. Select Shortcut tab and remove "http://www.delta-homes.com...." from the Target field and click OK to save changes. Basically, there should be only the path to Internet Explorer executable file.
6. Finally, go to Tools → Internet Options and restore your home page to default. That's it!