How To Remove Trovigo.com Browser Hijacker

Trovigo.com is a browser hijacker which replaces your homepage and search engine. It pretends to be a legitimate search engine but is actually an unwanted website with no valuable functionality. It is almost identical to another version called Trovi.com.

While technically Trovigo is not a virus, many users do not know how it appeared on their computers. Moreover, they are often unable to remove this program as it comes back automatically. Therefore, it can be called potentially unwanted program.

The only purpose of this website is to earn advertisement revenue by generating traffic from infected browsers. You might start seeing unwanted advertisements, popups, sponsored search results and affiliate links. It also prevents you from using your favorite search engine and usually redirects all your queries to Bing or other less popular provider. Therefore, having this adware on your computer simply slows down the system and deteriorates browsing experience.


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What is Trovigo.com browser hijacker?

As mentioned before, Trovigo.com is not technically a virus since most users install it themselves. However, it is usually being distributed using questionable methods and therefore could be called a potentially unwanted program.

One of the most common distribution channels is bundling with other free software. Whenever you download a free program from the internet, other software can be embedded in the setup files and install together if you are not careful and click “Accept” at certain steps of the process. Once this or any other adware infiltrates you system, it becomes much harder to remove it than to prevent installing. This is because in most cases browser hijackers install additional software which monitors for browser settings changes and reverts them immediately.

The main purpose of browser hijackers is to generate revenue for its creators by displaying various advertisements, redirects, affiliate links and sponsored search results. This is why Trovigo.com simply redirects all your queries to Bing.com instead of displaying its own results. This way the creators can receive commissions every time you click on a sponsored link. At the same time, the users receive no value from this website and only get frustrated when they cannot change search provider.

Trovigo.com is estimated to receive more than 500 000 pageviews per day. It is one of the most popular browser hijackers and many computers have been infected by it. Most people are unable to remove this adware from their systems and simply ignore the hijacker. The main reason for this is that the hijacker prevents changing your browser settings and manages to revert them back.

We recommend removing Trovigo.com from your system if you want to restore normal browsing experience, prevent unwanted advertisements and spying on your activity. This adware slows down your system and takes control of browser settings.

Use the automatic tool provided above as the easiest removal method. It will also protect your computer in the future by acting as a full antivirus solution. You can also follow the manual guide below. However, we recommend the automatic tool as it is the most reliable option.

Screenshots of Trovigo.com:

    


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Make sure to bookmark this page, print it out or simply open on another device in order to access it after a browser or computer restart which will be required during the removal process.

Step 1:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the adware.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window using the following method:

Hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:

appwiz.cpl

Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the adware as a bundle or could be the adware itself. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Here are some unwanted programs:

Search Protect
Browser Protect
ValueApps
Conduit Toolbar
Trovi

Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 2:

Delete registry values created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

regedit.exe

Click OK.

 

Search for entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the name:

trovi

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the hijacker.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 3:

Clean up Windows temporary files.

You can safely remove all temporary files without posing any risk to your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

%Temp%

Click OK.

All temporary files will be listed in the directory.

Select all temporary files by simultaneously pressing CTRL + A and delete them.

Step 4:

Remove suspicious programs from your startup config so they would not launch as soon as you boot your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

msconfig.exe

Click OK.

Go to the Startup tab and uncheck all suspicious entries.

The infected or fake startup items usually have “Unknown” listed as Manufacturer. However, sometimes they might pretend to be legitimate programs.

Check process location by hovering your mouse over the “Command” column. Navigate to the location and scan the file using virustotal.com if it looks suspicious but you are not sure.

Click OK when you are finished unselecting all potentially dangerous processes.

Step 5:

Clean up your DNS.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

ncpa.cpl

Click OK.

It will open your current network adapters list.

Right-click on the one you currently use (unused usually have a red X near them while the active one is usually green).

Choose Properties.

Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) (make sure the checkbox is checked near it).

Click Properties.

First, select Obtain DNS server automatically.

Then click Advanced… and go to DNS tab in the newly opened window.

Remove everything from the DNS server addresses, in order of use.

Step 6:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they might have been changed by the hijacker.

Remember that there are shortcuts not only on your Desktop but also in other places (for example, Start Menu).

Then create them again in order to have clean browser start.

Alternatively, you can click Properties on each of the shortcuts and remove any additions (usually a link to http://trovigo.com) made to the Target field by the virus.

Step 7:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternatively, you could simply reinstall them.

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious toolbar or extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious toolbars and add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

You can also completely refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:

about:support

Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):

C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

cmd

Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the “Trovigo” adware and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs. If you are installing a new software, make sure it has nothing bundled in it by following the install wizard as well as searching for user reviews online.


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