How to remove Trovi Search (Virus Removal Guide)

Trovi Search 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 http://trovigo.com
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Picture of Trovi Search
Trovi Search will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. The Trovi hijack is used to boost advertising revenue, as in the use of blackhat SEO, to inflate a site’s page ranking in search results.

Trovi Search 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.
Trovi is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer (BHO) and Firefox/Chrome (plugin) and distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. The browser extension includes various features that will modify the default or custom settings of the browser including the home page, search settings and in some cases will modify Internet Explorer’s load time threshold, place a lock file within Firefox to prevent competing software from changing its settings as well as disable the browser’s Content Security Policy in order to allow for cross site scripting of the plugin.

Trovi Search 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. Very often users have no idea where did it come from, so it’s not surprising at all that most of them assume that Trovi is a virus.
For example, when you install the “Fast Free Convertor” program, you will also agree to change your browser homepage and default search engine to trovigo.com.
Picture of Trovi Search virus
However when you uninstall the “Fast Free Convertor” program from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Trovi 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 Trovi browser 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 Trovi Search (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search browser hijacker from your computer with AdwCleaner
STEP 2: Remove Trovi Search from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 3: Remove Trovi Search malicious files with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 4: Double-check for the Trovi Search infection with HitmanPro
(OPTIONAL) STEP 5: Reset your browser settings to remove Trovi Search from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

STEP 1: Remove Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search virus
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for the “Trovi Search” malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the “Trovi Search” malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.
    Remove Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search virus

STEP 2: Remove Trovi Search from Internet Explore, Firefox and Google Chrome with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove Trovi Search extensions from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.

  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 Trovi Search virus.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for Trovi Search 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: Remove Trovi Search malicious files 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 Trovi Search 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 4: Double check for the Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search virus.
    [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 5: Reset your browser settings to remove Trovi Search from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

If you are still experiencing issues with the Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search hijacker from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • rare

    I am paranoid, and I used all of the programs. They all worked, and they all found something (which I guess means I am not as careful as I think I am). But thank you, was having a massive panic attack before I found this guide!

  • Melissa

    Thank you. I was on my way to Best Buy to pay them to do this for me.

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    HitMan pro works like magic. It found extra adware and malware that both of my antiviruses didn’t find. :)

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  • Immo

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    Thank you SO MUCH!! My son is a juvenile gamer and apparently downloaded the Trovi malware. Thank u so much for helping me remove it. Ur step by step instructions were spot on!! Highly recommend anyone to try this!! Seriously!!

  • Marta

    A friend of mine quickly clicked through some installation that allowed this malware on my computer. Luckily it is very easy to recognize it as a malware and even more luckily this is a very easy and userfriendly guide on how to remove it. I think my friend is very relieved and happy that I didn’t have too much trouble; if I would have just reset my browser I would still have a lot of malware, and I would probably be more annoyed with him…

    Thank you!

  • GuardianoftheGalaxy42

    Helped a lot, but still don’t know how I got it. Thanks!

  • anonymously

    This helped my computer and all the computers that were on my network that had gotten the Trovi ‘virus’ as well (note that I did have to do all of the steps on ALL of the computers on the network, but it still removed Trovi and a few other things on all my systems)….Thanks!

  • boardpost1

    Worked well Sir…. Many thanks.

  • Abhishek

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  • Greg

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  • Mikel

    Thank you so much. I first started by resetting my browsers and using CCcleaner, then came across this tip on Google. The programs found other stuff I didn’t catch in my initial sweep. Very easy to follow with the screen shots…totally idiot-proof!

    As a side note, I was in Romania for about 1.5 months last year – it was my favorite country in all of Europe. (Got to say, not a huge fan of Bucharest [sorry], but I loved Brasov, Sibiu,, Sighisoara, Timisoara, and Cluj. Vama Veche was…uh…) When I come back to visit, I’ll buy you a beer or two!

  • Boj

    I did a simple system restore……back in business!

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      You should still perform a scan with Malwarebytes, HitmanPro and AdwCleaner.

  • Amy

    Thank you so much. I tried everything else, and finally found your instructions. Thank you for such clear direction and an effective solution.

  • Deb in Maine

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  • Arjun

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  • chet

    interesting to find that after 20 years of designing tools to locate infections in humans, I am now learning how to find infections in software. The instructions you give are very well thought out. Now let me see if I can follow them.

  • Mary

    I can’t open the link to download Adwcleaner; trovi seems to be blocking the download link and I’m now a bit panicky about downloading anything! Can you give me an url to get the right page from which to download safely.

  • Rose

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  • thanks

    wow, thanks a ton for this. really appreciated the amount of time you took to describe each step with every detail. worked great and my internet and chrome are finally back to normal! thanks again dude!

  • G.H.Smith

    Extremely helpful guidance on removing Trovi stuff. Thank you.

  • Ngawang

    For the moment, many thanks. Success and it looks as if your tool could also remove another long-acting search tool. Can this be?

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    Thanks heaps. All back to normal again. Also, these were the easiest instructions I’ve ever had to follow. Thanks for keeping us dummies in mind.

  • Amy

    Thank you!!

  • Franklin

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  • Dominic

    Hello, will downloading all the software mentioned in the steps cause our laptop to have more malware? or are they safe to download?

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      No, all the software that we have recommended is safe, and has a good online reputation. You can search reviews for each one before actually install it. :)

  • jen

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  • Ian

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  • Allison

    Thanks the tip fir removing Trovi frin Google Chrome appears to have worked.
    I had initially called McAfee about the issue bur they wanted to charge lits if money.
    How much is it to purchase Malawarebytes Anti malware premium?

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      I think it’s 20$ or something like that! McAfee it’s not that good, you would be better using another antivirus like Avast Antivirus Free. :)

  • BUddhaGAtor

    Thank you thank you thank you

  • misskja

    Fabulous thank you, my laptop is faster and more efficient since getting rid of Trovigo yay!!!

  • IHateTrovi

    are these steps or different ways? I’m confused.

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      The first two steps should remove the infection, however I strongly recommend that you go thru all the steps. :)

      Stay safe!

      • IHateTrovi

        okay. that was a quick reply :D

  • dmnUtrovi

    Thanks alot man been running everything i think the 1st 2 steps did the trick for me.

  • Fr33Th1nk3r

    People that make stuff like trovi have a special place in hell waiting for them

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    Awesome! Thanks :) Your tips really helped!

  • AM

    thanks!! This was really helpful! No more malicious Trovi!

  • lansman

    Thank you for a thorough and easy to follow removal process! Everything worked like a charm!

  • Steph

    Thank you – this was hugely helpful!

  • Lindsay

    Really appreciate your help, thank you!

  • darwin

    Thanks!

  • rosalie

    Thank you so much!

  • Peggy

    Thank you. Thank you! I had to go through the steps twice, but everything seems okay now.

  • Leigh

    Awesome! Worked like a charm – thank you so much!!

  • Monika

    Thank you so much for a very user friendly guide! I had to go through all five steps, but now at least my laptop seems Trovi-free (plus a bunch of other stuff the programs found..)!

  • Romell

    Woot Woot for no more malware

  • Louis XIV

    Thank you very much it perfectly works for me !

  • nico

    i have SAFARI, what can i do???

    • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      If you are using Windos OS, then you can run a scan with AdwCleaner and Junkware removal tool… This should remove the infection. :)

  • MIMI

    thank you so much!!! may God bless you… i’m so glad to found out there is solution to this issue.. :) really happy!! THANK YOU!!!

  • Shankar

    Thanks Guys, it Really Worked :) God Always be with you :)

  • Andre

    Worked great. Had Trovi while using Chrome and would mess up my new tabs and default search engine, but followed the steps and cleared it up.

  • Josh

    This worked very well, thanks!

  • yes sir

    Thank you much!

    • chips

      I second third and fourth all the thank yous. I’ll swear Trovi snuck in somehow while I was updating a new installation but we all let our guards down sometimes I suppose and we are all hooman – even me. Great info and great set of utilities