The Trovi.com is a web browser hijacker. As a result, your start page, newtab and search engine by default are modified by Trovi.com and all your search results are re-directed to this malicious web page or other domains. It can also create a huge number of pop-up ads on your computer and increase your vulnerability. With the step-by-step instructions below, you may remove it completely.
A malware that changes settings of installed internet browsers on Trovi.com usually affects only Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The Trovi.com hijacker can modify the Target property of web browser’s shortcuts, so every time you open the web-browser, instead of your start page, you will see a completely different page.
Table of contents
- What is Trovi.com
- How to remove Trovi.com
- How to delete Trovi.com without any software
- How to automatically remove Trovi.com hijacker infection
- Use AdBlocker to stop Trovi.com and stay safe online
- How did Trovi.com browser hijacker infection get on your computer
- Finish words
Except that the Trovi.com alters web-browser’s home page, it also replaces a search engine, which leads to the fact that use of the web browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. The reason for this is that the search results will consist of tons of advertisements, links to unwanted and ad pages and only the remaining part is search results for your query from well-known search engines such as Google or Bing.
Some browser hijackers also contain ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which can be used to show annoying ads and or collect a wide variety of user info that may be sold to third parties. These unwanted advertisements can be shown in the form of pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text ads, video advertisements, text links or banners or even massive full page advertisements. Most of the adware is created to open ads, but some adware is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect a wide variety of user information.
So, it’s very important to clean your computer ASAP. The step-by-step instructions, which is shown below, will assist you to remove Trovi.com startpage from the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and other internet browsers.
How to remove Trovi.com
In the step-by-step steps below we will have a look at the hijacker infection and how to remove Trovi.com from Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers for Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal utilities and software.
How to delete Trovi.com startpage without any software
The instructions will help you delete Trovi.com . These Trovi.com removal steps work for the Chrome, FF, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the internet browser or reboot your machine. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
Uninstall Trovi.com associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and uninstall the program that causes the appearance of unwanted ads or browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will display the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, press “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will open a list of all programs installed on the system.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video few simple steps below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Trovi.com
Right click on the web-browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, press OK . You need to clean all internet browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge.
Get rid of Trovi.com search from Chrome
Like other modern web-browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby restore the new tab page, start page and search engine by default that have been changed by the Trovi.com browser hijacker.
First open the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the main menu. Further, press the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown on the screen below and press the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will display the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The web-browser will start the procedure of cleaning. Once it’s done, the internet browser’s settings including start page, newtab page and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your PC system.
Remove Trovi.com home page from Firefox
The Mozilla Firefox reset will keep your personal information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data and remove unwanted search engine and homepage such as Trovi.com, modified preferences, extensions and security settings.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown on the screen below.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, press “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the screen below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your Firefox browser settings to its original state.
Get rid of Trovi.com from Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer web-browser you restore your browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker such as Trovi.com.
First, start the IE. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window like below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your machine for the changes to take effect.
How to automatically remove Trovi.com hijacker infection
Many antivirus companies have created software that help detect and remove hijacker, and thereby revert back installed web-browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to run. You system can have tons of potentially unwanted software, adware and browser hijackers installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or malicious application returns after restarting the computer, then boot your system into Safe Mode and use the anti-malware utility once again.
Scan and clean your computer of hijacker infection with Malwarebytes
Manual Trovi.com removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the browser hijacker may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your computer of browser hijackers. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malicious software, PUPs, adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) and toolbars that your system may be infected too.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: February 5, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your internet browser will display the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- Once the download process is finished, please close all applications and open windows on your system. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will open the “Setup wizard” of Malwarebytes onto your system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Malwarebytes will start and display the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the hijacker infection . A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC system and the speed of your computer. While the tool is checking, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- When the Malwarebytes has finished checking, it’ll display a list of all items detected by this tool.
- When you are ready, click the “Quarantine Selected” button to begin cleaning your computer. Once the process is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Double-check for potentially unwanted programs with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your system for adware, PUPs and browser hijackers like Trovi.com and allows delete them easily. Moreover, it will also allow you remove any dangerous internet browser extensions and add-ons.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: January 25, 2019
After downloading is finished, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once the utility is started, you will see a screen as shown below.
Further, click “Scan” button for scanning your personal computer for the Trovi.com hijacker. While the program is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat. This process can take some time, so please be patient. When it has finished scanning, you can check all items detected on your PC system as on the image below.
Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Clean” button. It will display a dialog box as shown on the screen below.
You need to press “OK”. When the clean up is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer. When your personal computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Use AdBlocker to stop Trovi.com and stay safe online
It is important to run ad blocker programs like AdGuard to protect your PC system from harmful web sites. Most security experts says that it is okay to block ads. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to block Trovi.com and other unwanted web sites.
Installing the AdGuard adblocker program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After the download is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions as shown below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your system, AdGuard will run automatically and stop pop-ups, web sites such Trovi.com, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
How did Trovi.com browser hijacker infection get on your computer
Many software used to hijack a system’s browser. So, when you installing free programs, carefully read the disclaimers, select the Custom or Advanced setup mode to watch for optional applications that are being installed, because some of the programs are adware and PUPs.
After completing the tutorial shown above, your system should be free from browser hijacker, adware and malware. The Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and MS Edge will no longer show Trovi.com annoying homepage on startup. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.