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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Removal Guide

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In this article we're going to take a look at browser hijacker, namely; how it's installed, how to remove it and finally, how can you avoid similar browser hijackers and similar infections? So, without further ado, let's get started.

In short, is a browser hijack or a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Porgram). Once installed, it will change your default home page and search engine provider. Something that has found its way on to your computer that you quite likely do not want. So, are PUPs and browser hijackers a threat to your security and should they be deleted? Well, because a PUP is only a potentially unwanted program it may actually be wanted by some people - even if that doesn't include you. But having said that PUPs and browser hijackers can, and often do, include spyware and adware.

The title PUP isn't new. It came about because marketing companies objected to having their programs termed "spyware". The argument was, that in the case of Potentially Unwanted Programs, all the necessary information that allows you to make an informed decision and give your consent to the download is included in the End User License Agreement. However - and here's the "but" - it is widely acknowledged that the vast majority of users don't bother to read these download agreements in enough detail to really know exactly what they are downloading. And that's if they even read them at all. Let's be honest, we're all guilty of skimming through an agreement and just clicking 'ok' to get it over and done with and get to the good part - our chosen download. Browser hijackers like Trovigo and other PUPs are different to other sorts of malware - such as viruses, Trojans, and worms - all of these it is probably safe to assume that nobody wants on their computer!

Well, see above! The whole stealth factor makes the installation of PUPs a somewhat interesting conundrum - and that;s exactly where the potentially unwanted part comes into play. The problem with a PUP is the way that it installs itself on your computer; despite the fact that you may well have consented to downloading it, you might have done so unwittingly. Potentially Unwanted Programs are often bundled in with a program that you do actually want and therefore downloaded in conjunction with that program.

Again, see above! If you want to avoid downloading a browser hijacker onto your computer, you really need to pay attention to what you're downloading. Even reputable programs may be bundled with a PUP and a browser hijacker - often without the publisher's knowledge. The trick is to stop and think whether you really need that download. And if you do, make sure you read the End User License Agreement carefully. Yes, it may be boring, but so is constantly having to deal with unwanted start pages, toolbars and programs that redirect you to websites of their own choosing. And although many standard antivirus programs don't pick up on PUPs and browser hijackers like (because they're only potentially unwanted!) you should still always make sure you have an up-to-date and effective anti-malware program running on your machine. To remove browser hijacker from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur, removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

Also, please feel free to call us (toll free) and we'll be happy to help you on the phone.

2. Remove related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following programs:
  • Trovigo
  • Search Protect by conduit
  • Yontoo
  • Trovigo Toolbar

If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove SearchNewTab, Trovigo, Trovigo Toolbar, Yontoo, BookmarkTube extensions.

3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.

4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.

5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!

Remove from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Remove SearchNewTab, Trovigo, Trovigo Toolbar, Yontoo, BookmarkTube browser extensions. Close Add-ons manger.

3. In the URL address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.

Click I'll be careful, I promise! to continue.

In the search filter at the top, type: trovigo

Now, you should see all the preferences that were changed by Right-click on the preference and select Reset to restore default value. Reset all found preferences!

Remove from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.

2. Select Search Providers. First of all, choose Live Search search engine and make it your default web search provider (Set as default).

3. Select WebSearch and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.


Anonymous said...

Hello there! Thank you for a VERY interesting page. I am guilty of NOT reading, but I will from now on.
My question is.... I have had my new PC for about 3 weeks, when I use Malwarebytes A.M.I have so far deleated over 3000 odd PUP`s, I am carefull of what I download(?!) so why all these PUP`s. I donot expect a repley,but prehaps I may come across the problem somewhere.
Again,thank you for the "heads up"
Why do they make the text below so hard to read, I have tried several times.

Admin said...


Well, Malwarebytes picks up every file and registry key related to PUPs. It also detects installers. I know that numbers might be quite shocking but there's really nothing to worry about because PUPs are not so dangerous after all. Just uninstall them and don't worry.


Anonymous said...

i'm having a problem. when i open up chrome, it instantly brings me to However. i followed your instructions and my computer can not find trovigo in the control panel or in the chrome extensions.

Anonymous said...

This site was really helpful!!! Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

i have the same problem that is already discribed. i did everything. but when opening a new window of google chrome, first page is trovigo :-S

George said...

I have followed your instructions to the letter but when I start searching up trovigo in the change/uninstall program list and in the chrome extensions, it does not come up. I am using Windows 8. any suggestions?