Trovi Search Virus - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
Other names: Trovi.com
 

Basically, Trovi is a general name for a browser hijacker that can infect web browsers and redirect them either to www.trovi.com or www.trovigo.com. For that reason this infection often is called Trovi.com hijacker, or Trovigo.com virus.

If after hearing phrase “computer virus” the very first thing to pop into your mind is a destructive infection that will wipe all of your data or ruin or ruin your hardware for good, Trovi virus is not like this at all. In fact, it won’t cause you actual damage, such as lost files or damaged components of the computer. However, the way it is distributed and methods used to make money are really deceptive and wrong, to say the least. That is why we categorise it as malware and recommend to stay away from it.

Homepage on one or several of your web browsers can be changed to either trovigo.com or trovi.com and if you didn’t do it by yourself, that means the web browser is affected by hijacker and you should take action right now in order to solve the problem.

Trovi search virus remove

Traits of Trovi search virus

There are 3 main reasons why Trovi search is considered to be an infection and not a legitimate service:

  • Hijacking homepage;
  • Hijacking new tab;
  • Displaying advertisements.

So if it happens so that your computer is infected with this browser hijacker, you will eventually experience all of them. Now you might be wondering how Trovi search virus might reach you and infected web browser. The answer is plain simple – this product is distributed bundled to other free (or paid, but usually free) software that can be downloaded from the Internet. Probably the biggest distributors of this virus are BitTorrent, some versions of VLC player and Cheat Engine. You can even find the evidence to prove this fact by looking at the privacy policy of BitTorrent software:

Some of the web search services provided in BitTorrent Maelstrom software are provided by Trovi Search and powered by Trovi search partners. For information on the web search services data collection, please visit http://info.trovi.com/privacy, and the search provider’s privacy policy, as applicable

So while installing any of those 3 applications or other free software downloaded from popular downloads websites like softonic.com or download.com, you are likely to be offered to install an add-on to your web browser, which is supposed to enhance your web searches and overall web browsing experience. This “enhancement” is Trovi search virus. By the way, this offer usually is checked as a default option, so if you just run through the installation without making any changes, it will be automatically added to your web browser.

There are two websites that can take over your web browser – it’s either trovi.com or trovigo.com. They look the same, however, the first one is way more popular. It has estimated monthly web traffic of around 7M and is not slowing down. Almost all traffic is direct and that means it is definitely a browser hijacker, as users are forced to pay a visit to this website when they open a web browser.

Trovi.com and Trovigo.com also differentiates by countries they are targeting. Trovi.com gets most of its’ traffic from US, Canada and India, while trovigo.com is most popular in Japan and Brazil.

By the way, this infection is distributed not only by various freeware – other browser hijackers promote it as well. It is clear that Trovi search hijackers is affiliated with www-searching and citypage.today viruses, as well as other minor malware infections.

So what’s the worst about this infection? First of all, you will be forced to use it for web searches. Even though Trovi employs Bing search engine to deliver results, it can not be trusted. First of all, your searches will be tracked and information about you stored – this way your private information can be leaked. Moreover, various advertisements will be exposed to you all the time. Depending on your age, location and interests, various pop-up and in-text advertisements will follow you while browsing the web.

Users of various web browsers are complaining about problems regarding Trovi hijacker. It can affect Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and default Windows web browsers (Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge). Even though there are instructions on trovi.com website on how to disable it, they are not always effective and users struggle to get rid of it.

Easiest method to remove Trovi hijacker from web browser

Regardless the fact that Trovi virus is based on a browser add-on, it might be not enough to simply disable particular add-on and restore original browser settings since some files of Trovi can be stored on a computer. For a regular computer user it might be too difficult to detect and remove those files manually, thus we advise to get some help from anti-malware software, such as SpyHunter or Reimage. Use either of those programs to scan your system and all malicious files associated to Trovi.com will be detected and removed.

To finally eliminate this infection from your computer, you will have to restore settings affected by Trovi manually. You can do that by following instructions provided below this article.

The fact that your computer got infected with this malware indicates that protection lever of the system is low. To avoid cyber security problems in the future, we highly recommend to keep your computer protected with reliable anti-malware software, regularly make back ups and store them on external drive and don’t visit websites that look unreliable.



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How to kill Trovi search virus

How to remove Trovi.com using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Trovi search virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Trovi.com .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Trovi search virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Trovi search virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Trovi.com, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Trovi search virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Trovi search virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Trovi search virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Trovi search virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Trovi search virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Trovi search virus from the list.

How to remove Trovi search virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Trovi.com and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Trovi search virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Trovi search virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Trovi search virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Trovi search virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Trovi.com and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Trovi search virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Trovi search virus, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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