How To Get Rid Of Search Hijacker Search is a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program. It changes your browser settings and search engine. It also takes over the control of your homepage and usually comes back even if you try to remove it. This adware is closely related to another version called Conduit Search as it is created by the same company.

The hijacker opens as soon as you launch your browser. It might also open, and others which currently redirect to Trovi page or similar page developed by “Client Connect Ltd.” The website has a search field which simply redirects all queries to Bing or any other search provider. It does not have any useful features itself and only acts as a parasite designed to generate revenue from the infected browsers’ traffic. might occasionally display advertisement banners or redirect to other sites. It might also collect your personal browsing data since all search queries go through this third party website.

This adware also installs background programs to keep control of your browsers. It slows down your system as it launches every time you boot the computer. You should remove this unwanted program in order to regain normal browsing experience and increase the speed.

We have an automatic removal tool which will not only remove the threat but will also protect your computer from any future threats. A manual removal guide is also included. However, installing a proper antivirus after the removal is still strongly recommended in order to avoid similar problems in the future.

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What is browser hijacker? hijacks your browsers and changes their settings. It sets the homepage to its own website as well as modifies the preferred search engine. This generates a lot of traffic and allows the creators to earn money from advertisements and custom search redirects.

Technically this is not a virus and instead is called a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It is owned by ClientConnect Ltd. and is currently one of the most popular browser hijackers. Even though this adware is distributed legally, in most cases the methods are unethical as the users are deceived into installing the software without their knowledge. Trovi hijacker is often bundled with other programs and users might not notice it while going through the setup process. has been online for many years already and receives a lot of traffic. It is currently estimated to have more than 2.5 million pageviews per day. This is significantly higher than the absolute majority of browser hijackers receive since other successful adware sites usually get 10 000 pageviews on average.

Other domains associated with Trovi:

Trovi currently focuses on search redirects and does not seem to have any advertisements included even though it used to have banners before. The looks are very minimal and the only source of income seems to be redirecting to Bing search. However, this might change in the near future as it already has been updated many times. Therefore, banners, popups or redirects might appear again and hinder the browsing experience even more.

Since this adware needs to have a background program in order to make sure it has control over your browsers, it needs to launch applications every time you start your Windows. This significantly slows down your system. There is also a risk that the background program might make additional changes later and lead to even more adware. Finally, giving up control of your browsers means that your personal data and browsing history is at risk and could be viewed by the hijacker creators.

You should remove Trovi hijacker as soon as possible. We have an automatic removal tool listed above. It will also act as an antivirus to protect your computer from similar threats in the future. We also have a manual removal guide which will help you eliminate the source of this adware. However, we still strongly recommend securing your PC with a proper antivirus afterwards.

Screenshots of hijacker:


 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:


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
Conduit Toolbar

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:


Click OK.


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


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:


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:

Check for any recent changes in all the other important system files.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

Do not delete anything here! Search for any recent changes (by “Date Modified”) in the files first. Only if you see that a file has just been changed scan it with Remove only files marked as dangerous. Otherwise you might remove critical system files and Windows might stop working.

Repeat this step with the following three directories while being very careful:


Remember that these directories contain many important system files! Be very careful!

Step 5:

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:


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 if it looks suspicious but you are not sure.

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

Step 6:

Clean up your DNS.

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

Enter the following in the field:


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 7:

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 made to the Target field by the virus.

Step 8:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, 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:


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):


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:


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 “Trovi” 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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