Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Trovi.com redirect removal instructions
What is Trovi.com?
The Trovi.com browser hijacker infiltrates users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) through free software downloads. This website is created by Conduit Ltd (operated by ClientConnect Ltd) and distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Internet users commonly install this browser settings-changing adware (capable of modifying the homepage and default search engine fields) when downloading or installing freeware. Computer users should be aware that, today, most free software download websites use 'download clients' to offer installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with free software chosen for download. Thus, reckless freeware downloading and installation can result in adware infections.
At time of research, Trovi.com redirected visitors to Bing.com (a legitimate Internet search engine), however, Trovi.com should not be trusted since it tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording user IDs, user language, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic locations of devices from which users access the web, web pages visited, and content accessed. Having this browser hijacker installed on your Internet browsers can lead to privacy issues and identity theft.
The Trovi.com browser hijacker is similar to other adware created by Conduit Ltd including, for example, Value Apps, Conduit search, and Vuze toolbar. Potentially unwanted applications created by this company are especially annoying since they install together with a program called 'Search Protect'. This program blocks users' attempts to change their Internet browser homepage and default search engine settings. To avoid installation of such browser hijackers, computer users should be attentive when downloading freeware. If your download is managed by a download client, opt-out of installation of advertised browser plug-ins by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options - this will reveal installation of bundled browser extensions. Computer users who experience redirects to Trovi.com should use this removal guide to eliminate adware from their Internet browser/s.
Screenshots of deceptive free software download clients promoting the Trovi.com browser hijacker:
- What is trovi.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall "Search Protect" application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Trovi.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Trovi.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Trovi.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Trovi.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features."
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "Search Protect" (by Client Connect ltd.) select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the Trovi.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Trovi.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Trovi.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options". In the opened window, remove Trovi.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Trovi Search".
If you continue to have problems with redirects to Trovi.com, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Trovi.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over Trovi.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Trovi Search" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with the removal of Trovi.com browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Trovi.com redirect from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove Trovi.com and enter your preferred domain.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "trovi"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to Trovi.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menuin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" icon then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Trovi.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Trovi.com Redirect be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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