Remove delta-homes.com virus (Removal Guide)

Delta-Homes is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will change your browser homepage and default search engine to delta-homes.com.
This in itself is not considered malicious as there are many legitimate programs that change these settings as well. What is considered malicious, though, is that it will also append the argument http://www.delta-homes.com/ to random Windows shortcuts on your desktop and your Windows Start Menu.
[Image: delta-homes.com virus]
delta-homes.com will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. The delta-homes.com hijack is used to boost advertising revenue, as in the use of blackhat SEO, to inflate a site’s page ranking in search results.

delta-homes.com it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.

delta-homes.com homepage got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install Vplay, you will also agree to change your default browser homepage and default search engine to delta-homes.com.
However when you uninstall Vplay from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove delta-homes.com homepage from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this delta-homes.com hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove delta-homes.com (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove delta-homes.com from your Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Remove delta-homes.com browser hijacker from your computer with AdwCleaner
STEP 2: Remove delta-homes.com from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 3: Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by delta-homes.com virus
STEP 4: Remove delta-homes.com malicious files with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the delta-homes.com infection with HitmanPro
(OPTIONAL) STEP 6: Reset your browser settings to remove delta-homes.com from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

STEP 1: Remove delta-homes.com browser hijacker with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web browser for malicious files, adware browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “Scan” button as shown below.
    Click on Scan button to find delta-homes.com virus
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for the “delta-homes.com” malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the “delta-homes.com” malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.
    Remove delta-homes.com virus with AdwCleaner
  5. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or documents, as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
    AdwCleaner removing delta-homes.com virus

STEP 2: Remove delta-homes.com from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove delta-homes.com browser extensions from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome, and will double-check for any other compromised Windows shortcuts.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the delta-homes.com virus.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for delta-homes.com homepage]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

STEP 3: Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by delta-homes.com virus

This infection has hijacked your browser shortcuts, so in this step we will need to manually clean them by removing the delta-homes.com argument.

  1. Search for your browser shortcut (Desktop, Taskbar or Start Menu Shortcut), then right click on it and select Properties.
    [Image: Firefox Shortcut properties]
    To view the Properties menu for the browser shortcuts pinned to your Task Bar, right-click on the browser shortcut from the Taskbar, then right-click again on the browser icon as see in the below image. Alternatively, you can just Unpin the browser shortcut from your task bar, then you can add it back after you have removed the “delta-homes.com” argument from the original browser shortcut.
    [Image: taskbar shortcut hijacker]
  2. In the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, remove the http://delta-homes.com argument. Basically, there should be only the path to browser executable file. Nothing more.
    These are the default shortcut path that should be in your Target box, if the delta-homes.com argument is there, then you should remove it.

    If you are using this browser: In the Target field you should have:
    Internet Explorer “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”
    Chrome “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” for Windows 32 bit OR “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” for Windows 64-bit
    Firefox “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” for Windows 32-bit OR “C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” for Windows 64-bit

    [Image: delta-homes search shortcut hijack]


STEP 4: Remove delta-homes.com virus from your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup-consumer-2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup program]
    Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  3. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard]
    To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Final Setup Screen]
  4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Fix Now” button.
    [Image: Click on the Fix Now button to start a scan]
    Alternatively, you can click on the “Scan” tab and select “Threat Scan“, then click on the “Scan Now” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Threat Scan]
  5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “Update Now” button.
    [Image: Click on Update Now to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
  6. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the delta-homes.com virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while performing a scan]
  7. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Quarantine All” button, and then click on the “Apply Now” button.
    [Image: Remove the malware that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has found]
    Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
  8. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while removing viruses]
    After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats

STEP 5: Double check for the delta-homes.com infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    [Image: HitmanPro start-up screen]
    Click on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro setup options]
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for delta-homes.com malicious files.
    [Image: HitmanPro scanning for malware]
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove delta-homes.com malware.
    [Image: HitmanPro scan results]
  5. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro Activate Free License]

(OPTIONAL) STEP 6: Reset your browser settings to remove delta-homes.com from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

If you are still experiencing issues with the delta-homes.com redirect in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, we will need to reset your browser to its default settings. This step needs to be performed only if your issues have not been solved by the previous steps.

Remove delta-homes.com from Internet Explorer

You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC.

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the “gear icon[Image: icongear.jpg] in the upper right part of your browser, then click again on Internet Options.
    [Image: Internet Options in Internet Explorer]
  2. In the “Internet Options” dialog box, click on the “Advanced” tab, then click on the “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer]
  3. In the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” section, select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button.
    [Image: Reset Internet Explorer to its default settings]
  4. When Internet Explorer has completed its task, click on the “Close” button in the confirmation dialogue box. You will now  need to close your browser, and then you can open Internet Explorer again.
    [Image Reset Internet Explorer settings]

Remove delta-homes.com from Mozilla Firefox

If you’re having problems with Firefox, resetting it can help. The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill information, browsing history and open tabs.

  1. In the upper-right corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu button ([Image: Firefox Menu button]), then click on the “Help” ([Image: Firefox Help button]) button.
    [Image: Click on the Menu button then Help]
  2. From the Help menu, choose Troubleshooting Information.
    If you’re unable to access the Help menu, type about:support in your address bar to bring up the Troubleshooting information page.
    [Image: Troubleshooting Information in Firefox]
  3. Click the “Reset Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.
    [Image: Reset Firefox to its default settings]
  4. To continue, click on the “Reset Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
    [Image: Click on the Reset Firefox button]
  5. Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.

Note: Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “Old Firefox Data“. If the reset didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.

Remove delta-homes.com from Google Chrome

  1. Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines ([Image: Chrome's main menu button]) .When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.
    [Image: Click on Settings button]
  2. Chrome’s Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Show advanced settings link (as seen in the below example).
    [Image: Click on Show advanced settings link]
  3. Chrome’s advanced Settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Reset browser settings section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the Reset browser settings button.
    [Image: Click on Reset browser button]
  4. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, click on the Reset button.
    [Image: Click on Reset button to restore Chrome to default settings]

Your computer should now be free of the delta-homes.com infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove delta-homes.com hijacker from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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ABOUT STELIAN PILICI

I am the creator and owner of MalwareTips.com.
My area of expertise includes malware removal and computer forensics. I'm active in the various online anti-malware communities where I do researches for new malware threats as they are released.
I live in Bucharest (Romania), where I run my own local computer repair shop.
I repair both hardware and other operating systems related issues, however most of my business is malware related problems.

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  • Ñoni Amleht Moncatar

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  • Thomas Condamine

    Thank you very much Stelian, very useful and complete explanations ! :)

  • Sankofa

    Thank you so much Stelian. This is very helpful! this is amazing! Thanks a ton!

  • maki

    hello :) you are soooo amazing! i’ve been having real problems with the delta-homes and stuff (because i couldn’t uninstall them) but fortunately, i found this website! i just did step 1 and now it’s gone. thank you so much <3

  • Monica Vicious

    Many thanks from Brazil. I was made the step 3 before but with the step 1 and the program AdwCleaner the delta homes was completely removed from my computer.

  • Naayru

    Thanks Alot! =)

  • Mac

    …and now I can get back to work. Thank you for the walkthrough in layman’s terms.

  • Francisco Morais

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  • Jorge

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  • Cora

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  • SPD

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  • Vexxalicious

    This worked for all of my computer, files, programs, and browsers except for Firefox.

    I’m not sure if it’s because Firefox is the browser that I use the most – or what, but it was unsuccessful in removing the adware from Firefox.

    Otherwise, it works great, though.

    EDIT: Actually, never mind. After posting this comment, Firefox returned to normal.

  • Datran

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  • TDowni

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  • Gataman

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  • Thobbe

    adwcleaner worked (alt 2) THANK YOU

  • Marina

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  • Lifestealer James

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  • Ashish

    May God shower your blessings on you,… really grateful

  • Fridt

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  • A

    Thank you lots, I successfully got rid of that stupid delta homes too :D.THANKS!

  • Ines

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  • J_Maryland

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  • John

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  • Charles

    Thanks. Seems to have worked after spending two hours this morning following all of your steps closely. Thanks again!

  • Thanks

    Thank you!!

  • just me

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  • T

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  • Random happy person

    Thank you from Germany :D Step 1 was enough to remove it!!!

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  • Kasper

    A big thanks from Holland. It worked!! :)

  • AJU PODUVAL

    Oh My God… Atlast I have removed…. Thanks a Ton Dude…

    Aju Poduval
    India

  • Marcel

    A big thanks from Holland.
    The delta homes shit is finally removed.

  • Hem

    Well my problem was solved by step 1 only but still to be sure I followed all the steps …
    Thanks a ton for the solution..

  • Leo

    Thanks!!!! I finally removed this shit!!!

  • Frex

    It did the job! Great work! Thx!

  • Nayeem

    Wow!
    Thanks for this

  • spyros

    There are other solutiuons using much less programs, but thanks for your effort anyway.

    • Johnny Cash

      Each program does it on it’s own… Read it properly…

  • vidya

    Its really awesome… thanks a lot.. bt in my system Junkware Removal Tool is not ruuning… y it is so?

  • arunima

    thanks so much this was troubling me for a while

  • Lucas Bohn Gass

    Thank you. I would give my life for you sir.

  • Vitor

    Thanks from Brazil

  • Victor

    Thank you! I can’t believe it fucking works! Thanks a lot!

  • Panos

    is this for real?

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      Yes…….. :)

  • manjunath

    Thank u so much, it was very helpful…

  • sunny

    OMG it really works!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! :D

  • Glenn

    Tnks, You saved the day… ^-^.
    Problems were solved after step two..
    Keep up the good work.

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    It will work, just go ahead and perform all the steps.
    Also, I would recommend that you would not manually edit any registry key as this could do more harm than good.

    Stay safe!

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Yes, you can delete all the programs that we have used to remove this infection, however I do recommend that you keep Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro installed an perform regular scans with this utilites.

    Stay safe!

  • Issa Jordan

    I think MY problem has been solved by reaching step 3, Do I need to go ahead with step 4 & 5 ??

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      Usually the first two steps will remove this infection, however I do recommend that you perform the HitmanPro and Malwarebytes Anti-Mawlare scans as they may find additional malware. However if you do not have the time, or you do not wish to do this, you should be fine!
      Stay safe!

  • kiririn

    It works!!! Thanks :D

  • Matt Davis

    Thanks Stelian, Its people like you that make this world a better place.

  • Espio

    Thank you, i was worried about my system.

  • Piotr

    Thanks it’s working.

  • Rahul

    thanx a lot again bro.. u also saved me from qvo6 which was trobling me for a long time.. in the first step itself..:-):-)
    shud i continue with the steps ?

  • Rahul

    thanks a lot dude.. i got rid of it in the first step itself.. ie.. adwcleaner.. should i perform the rest ??

  • Dawid

    This one finally works! Thanks a bunch!

  • http://ebusiness.m-karam.com/ Mohammed karam

    Thanks Stelian for very useful tools, God bless you and i hope good life for you.

  • Sameer

    Ohh dear lord may god bless u with all his might thanks buddy

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello Salman,
    You can try to remove this program with Revo Uninstaller:
    Download : http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html

    How to use Revo Uninstaller : http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_how_to.html
    Also, can you please run these scans:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
    1. Download AdwCleaner from here: http://general-changelog-team.fr/fr/downloads/finish/20-outils-de-xplode/2-adwcleaner

    2.Close all open programs and internet browsers.

    3.Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.

    4.Click on Clean button. Your computer should restart.

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Next, please run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro as see in this guide.
    Stay safe!

  • renmathew

    awesome man..thanks a lot…worked like a charm…

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Stay safe! :)

  • kunal

    awesome dude…very very helpful…thank u very much…

  • the-not-so-anonymous

    thanks dude. your help is highly appreciated.

  • Ray

    THANKS! :))

  • vinothraj

    awesome dude….very helpful

  • Kiddo

    Worked great! Thank you so much, this was really starting to bug me. Have no idea where I picked the virus up, but this guide was awesome. Worked first time and was super simple to follow. Thanks again!

  • Angrist

    Thank you Bro! That was very helpful :)

  • Roxie

    Thank you!

  • Teofear Less

    Thanks, this is very help me… you’re my boss

  • Emilien

    Big thanks for the clear guidelines.

    Note that I had to unpin the google chrome/firefox/internet explorer icons from the taskbar, and also apply Step 3 for each these browsers both for the desktop shortcuts and those in the start menu. Followed all of the steps, seems like it works out.

  • Erik

    MAN!!! – This thing is driving me crazy!!! – It wont even appear on the Control Panel / Uninstall Software window!! – A couple hours ago it did… (still hadnt read this) and just uninstalled it… then it came back… now it just doesnt appear anymore on the “uninstall software” window… but keeps coming back!! HELP!!! (already did the other steps… im guessing that by doing it in the incorrect order something got busted)

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello Erik,
      Can you please go ahead with the other steps, and see if it will fix your computer. Please follow all the steps, and execute them as I have described,
      Good luck!

  • mx.21

    Top-notch man! Thank you!

  • Mark

    Thank you!! This is by far the best guide on the Internet!Thank yoU!!!!

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello Kevin,
    Did you do Step 3? This infection will hijack your browser shortcuts, so please check again in the Target fields, the http://www.delta-homes.com argument.

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello Cyriel,
    If you do not have Yontoo installed, then search for other unwanted programs. If you cannot find any, then you can proceed with Step 2.
    Stay safe! :D

  • Adriano the great

    Thank you SO much. I am pretty inept with computers, and I’ve had ta couple of viruses on my pc for weeks, as adverts were randomly popping up on my pc, homepages being redirected etc, with Norton not picking it up. The other guides did not resolve the problem, and this is really simple to understand with no knowledge needed. Thanks so much man!