Remove redirect (Virus Removal Guide) 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
[Image: virus]
The homepage will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. The hijack is used to boost advertising revenue, as in the use of blackhat SEO, to inflate a site’s page ranking in search results. 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. 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. homepage 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.
For example, when you install “Youtube Downloader HD”, you will also agree to change your browser homepage and default search engine to
[Image: redirect]
However when you uninstall “Youtube Downloader HD” from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove homepage 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 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 (Virus Removal Guide)

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

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

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

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove 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 virus.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for 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 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 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 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 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 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]

Your computer should now be free of the 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 hijacker from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.


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  • NotAFanBut

    Thank you so much!

    I’m quite careful, so it’s rare for me to get a virus, but I managed to pick up this little B-word last night. After following your directions completely, it hasn’t come back, even after reboot.

    It also seemed to cause a side effect in that program windows would start flickering like mad, even after removal. But a small change in the registry appears to have fixed that.

  • Lena Dyveke Weber

    It worked perfectly for me :D Thank you

  • Frank

    Is there no one utility that you can use instead of use four different utilities?

    • Stelian Pilici

      Hello Frank,
      AdwCleaner can get rid of this browser hijacker, however trovi is usually installed with other adware programs, so this is why I recommend multiple scans.. in the end it’s your choice.

  • Jonathan

    i got it! thanks a lot! It didn’t work at first but then I reset chrome’s browser settings. I’m not trovi-free. Thanks!

  • Helen Fincher

    I am elated! I have tried for months in vain to get rid of a poisonous thief, trovi! I have tried so many expensive malware removal downloads to no avail,not counting all the countless hours I have wasted…almost losing my religion at times.. lol…but quite by accident hearing of a guy by the name of Stelian,had no last name but after googling… found your site..the rest is history!!!! So easy,step by step,took a lil while,but fun, a miracle happened, can hardly believe it! I love you Stelian!! Free at last ! Sent you a donation to help carry on your research, you are a genius in my book! Thanks a million times over!!!!!

  • annettepedersen

    Excellent! Loads of steps, but easy with your help, and well worth it!
    I had to do the removal on both a PC and a Mac, and your solutions worked for both of them. Thank you!

  • Bob

    Need Your help……..
    Does the program work with Safari that is where I picked up the Trovi ……..

    • Stelian Pilici

      If you are using a Windows operating system, then the AdwCleaner and Malwarebytes scan should remove this browser hijacker.

      • Bob

        I am not on a windows operating system. I am on an I-mac can you advise if there is an alternative for the Mac???

  • Also Frustrated

    I spent 3 hours going through all the steps. After completing, the first time I opened Chrome, and got a message that said Chrome was not properly closed and offered me a button to reinstall. I did not click the button. The second time I opened Chrome, Trovi appeared. I downloaded ZOEK further to the recommendation below – let it do it’s thing – rebooted the computer and same thing happened again – got a message that said Chrome was not closed properly and offered me a button to reinstall which I did not click. The second time I opened Chrome Trovi appeared.

    • Stelian Pilici

      Lets try to fix your PC:
      1.Please download ZOEK by Smeenk and save it to your desktop (preferred version is the *.exe one) from here:

      2. Right-click on Zoek icon and select “Run as Administrator” to start the tool.
      Wait patiently until the main console will appear, it may take a minute or two.
      3. In the main box please paste in the following script (between the lines):
      ipconfig /flushdns;b
      4.Make sure that Scan All Users option is checked.
      5. Push Run Script and wait patiently. The scan may take a couple of minutes.
      When this program will finish the clean-up it will ask you to restart your computer.

      Let me know if this fixed your issue or not!

      • Also Frustrated

        This did not work. I still have Trovi.

  • Graves’ Cigar

    Me sirvió, mil gracias!

  • Annoyed in Parkville

    Junk Removal Tool does not seem to do the job

  • Stelian Pilici

    Lets try to fix your PC:
    1.Please download ZOEK by Smeenk and save it to your desktop (preferred version is the *.exe one) from here:

    2. Right-click on Zoek icon and select “Run as Administrator” to start the tool.
    Wait patiently until the main console will appear, it may take a minute or two.
    3. In the main box please paste in the following script (between the lines):
    ipconfig /flushdns;b
    4.Make sure that Scan All Users option is checked.
    5. Push Run Script and wait patiently. The scan may take a couple of minutes.

  • Bruins Fan

    Excellent. THANK YOU SO MUCH !

  • Amanda

    You saved the day! My computer is fixed!

  • elyssa

    WOW! Thank you so much!! I’m donating!

  • WLPierson

    I was very reluctant to go through the long process but Thank You Very Much….It worked.

  • Chinchilla

    Thank you!!!!!!

  • David Roseman

    Thanks so much for a clear and concise guide into getting rid of this nasty little trojan. I also learnt about a few new anti-malware programs too – I will definately be getting malwarebytes Premium…

  • Sripathi

    Thank you. This really helped.

  • Dennis Bell

    Stelian: your 4 step process got me out of a jam. And, everything your recommended did not require a $$ investment. Thank you!! No more redirects on my browsers and Trovi is now history. Thank you for thinking this problem through and publishing your solution. Austin TX

  • Gina Fiorentino

    thank you! this worked perfectly, this somehow rode in to my computer when I tried to get Movie Maker… no more weird downloads for me

  • Duke

    I don’t know how I even got Trovi on my computer. Today I saw it and I’ve been using Google Chrome. I’m just trying to figure out how to get rid of it! This is scary stuff to me

  • freddo

    I have followed all of the steps and used all the programs but still have trovi in my address bar in Internet Explorer 11

  • kit

    NO, you guys, listen to me. I ran just the first thing too and then opened Firefox and everything looked fine. Trovi no longer came up and the search engine and new tabs pages were back to normal. Just to be extra careful I ran the other things anyway and even all the way to the very last step the programs were still finding malicious files related to trovi. At least like 30 more files were found. I personally would suggest everyone do all the steps even if everything looks fine.

  • MW

    Thank you!!! I followed every step….took about 45 minutes but Trovi was expunged!! I appreciate the clear concise instructions

  • oldgaloot

    Thanks! I will spread the word. I made a small donation.

  • Patrick Johnson

    I’m new to Windows, so thank you so much for your clear instructions. Trovi was removed from places I didn’t know know existed. It’s still configured on my chrome browser, but it’s no big deal to reinstall that.

  • Sooz

    Beautifully crafted. Thank you!

  • kat

    Thank you! That was a hot mess! I’m OK now, all my browsers were infected and it WOULD NOT GO AWAY until I used this. :)

  • Ann

    worked so far for me. And I did it myself! The few steps that were not listed were easy to navigate thru. Thanks so much.

  • izzk

    IF the US govt wont stop that trovi site, Then SOMEONE MUST HACK TROVI AND BURN IT DOWN!

  • Sue in Seattle

    Worked like a charm. Thank you so much!

  • yoyo

    Thanks… worled

  • Jess

    Thank you so much!!!!!!

  • Connor

    Thanks a lot, removed a whole bunch of other crap from my PC too.

  • Jersen


  • mario_115

    multumesc mult,a functionat :-)

  • @peterforint

    Thank you. It took an afternoon to implement all the steps but seems to have worked.

  • guest

    Thank you! So helpful!

  • Resolved

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It worked for me.

  • Dr.Fuzzy Fuzz Fuzzerd

    Dr.Fuzzy Fuzz Fuzzerd,Never new such thing could sneak its way in so easy but I should have paid more attention to what I was accepting when down loading Google Earth. Somehow I also got a Bing tool bar and along with it come “,a hijacker! The dirty rat,s”! What some people will do for fun. Well thanks to some web searching I found your web site. It did just what you said it would! I am 65 years old and just learning how a computer functions. Thanks for making it so simple to fix! One more thing, Google Earth was a very interesting and well thought program! But I uninstalled it and don`t know if I will get the nerve to go through that bad boy ever again. Thanks again for your help!

    • Tony

      The real google Earth does not come with Trovi, you have to be sure the website you are downloading from is legitimate. Some people host software that claim to be one thing but are really another. If you want to use google earth try downloading it straight from google at this link:

      • Helen Fincher

        Thank you so much for the info.,was planning to download it,now I will make sure I get it done correctly! Have a great day!!!

  • BB

    worked for me! Thank you!

  • Jayson

    Saved my butt, thanks man!

  • Curious

    Thanks for your great help!

  • George Carlson

    Excellent tips! Thanks for all the suggestions.

  • Pia Wolfert ( Nederland)

    Thank you very very much for your tips .It is working I had bought a new computer for 2 days and I was beginning crazy , when i have installed my browser with the starting site with GOOGLE the next time there was the again versie and terrible reclames , Several time and every time there was the trovi .com again . Now it is perfect !!!

  • Shardool

    Thanks man the first step did it all:D

  • airam

    thank you!!! :-)

  • Don

    Thank you!! Trovi got installed with MP4 Joiner. I even did the custom install and unchecked the box. Guess I didn’t look close enough. I’m guessing unchecking the box means “Install malware puhleeeeeze!”

  • Rod

    Awesome ! Many thanks

  • Gary

    Did the trick! I did have to reconfigure my browser on Google Chrome for the Trovi page to disappear completely. The steps removed many other issues I knew nothing about. I realized I got it from a fake Microsoft drivers update message. .It tried to tempt me again before it died.

  • Rus

    All worked good. Keep up the good work!

  • Josh V

    This is not working for me, trovi refuses to go away, ive ran the steps twice now

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  • bruno

    Thanks man i was losing my head with that stupid virus, thanks so much for your time…

  • Kurt

    Thank you! I was almost certain that this was never going to work and then right at the end, BLAM-O!

  • emily

    Another big thank you!!!!:*

  • Bramble

    This is awesome! Thank you. :)

  • Dan

    thank you so much it worked like a charm