How to get rid of software causing redirects to trovi.com
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is trovi.com?
The Trovi.com browser hijacker infiltrates users' Internet browsers 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 (a legitimate Internet search engine), however, it might land elsewhere (e.g., Google, Yahoo, etc.). Redirects can be dictated by various factors like user geolocation and so on.
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 serious privacy issues and even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Browser hijacker examples
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'.
These programs blocks users' attempts to change their Internet browser homepage and default search engine settings.
How did trovi.com promoting software install on my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily proliferated via software 'bundling', deceptive promotional webpages, freeware and third-party download sites, P2P sharing networks, online scams, fake updates, spam browser notifications, and intrusive advertisements.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
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 browsers.
If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshots of deceptive free software download clients promoting the Trovi.com (Search Protect) browser hijacker:
Appearance of trovi.com redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is trovi.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove trovi.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove trovi.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove trovi.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Trovi.com redirect removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (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.
Trovi.com redirect removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.trovi.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your 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 engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "trovi.com" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the trovi virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove all recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://trovi.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with trovi virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the trovi virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users to visit trovi.com website?
Cyber criminals (i.e., developers of browser hijackers and fake search engines) generate revenue through redirects to websites like trovi.com.
Is visiting trovi.com a threat to my privacy?
Most likely, yes. Sites like trovi.com typically collect (and sell) information about their visitors.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily proliferated through deceptive promotional webpages, software bundling, online scams, untrustworthy download channels (e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.), fake updates, spam browser notifications, and intrusive advertisements.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove browser hijackers?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate detected browser-hijacking apps. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be a perfect solution when multiple browser hijackers are present. Since when one browser hijacker is removed - the others might re-install it. Additionally, removal-related settings might be unmodifiable with this software infiltrated into the system. Therefore, it is paramount to remove browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.
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