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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Remove Trovi Search Virus (Uninstall Guide)

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Trovi Search is a potentially unwanted search engine that comes bundled with freeware downloads. Trovi Search virus is what most users usually say when they get infected with this PUP. And there's a good reason for that - it might be very difficult to get rid of it. This PUP is from the same family as the Trovigo browser hijacker. Once installed, it hijacks your web browser, changes default search engine and home page to The fact of the matter is, that no matter how much due care and attention we pay when we're online, we can never be 100% sure if we're fully protecting ourselves from falling victim to malware or Potentially Unwanted Programs – also known as PUPs. This guide will walk you through removing all traces of Trovi Search virus from your computer.

Trovi Search comes bundled with legitmate software and adware. It's also promoted in various other ways, for example through the use of pay-per-install networks and even shady online streaming and download websites. The problem is, in part, that no matter how much investigation we might do into the subject, we will probably never know exactly what the intentions of these online parasites and annoyances actually are. Let's imagine you've decided to download a piece of software – a common occurrence - but you suspect that the third party website that it's available on is less than legit. However you know that millions of people the world over use this particular software on a daily basis. So how do you discern whether or not you should download your software? Firstly you should only download from the publisher's own site. browser hijacker
Secondly, if like me, you can vividly remember not knowing too much at all about IT, you may also remember that the people you asked for help and advice when downloading something, would tell you to simply start the download and then click all the 'OK' boxes until the download was done. Well, I'm sorry to say that if you're still in the habit of doing this, then those people have a lot to answer for! It is precisely this bad habit that will see you winding up with a Potentially Unwanted Program (or worse – malware) on your PC. Please be very careful when installing downloading software, even from the official websites because nowadays many software developers allow their programs to be bundled with other software. Otherwise, you may simply end up with Trovi Search or some other PUP on your computer. It could be even a browser hijacker or a fake registry cleaner.

Trust me, I hear you - End User License Agreements are boring! But the point is that less than scrupulous software programs have more often than not been created to make someone some money. And these guys know that many of us don't pay any attention when we're downloading - and they're capitalizing on it.

No, you're right, it would be a lax malware publisher who advertised his intentions like that, but what you may not know is that the producers of Potentially Unwanted Programs quite often do. And that is why you should always read License Agreements!

Those responsible for foisting Trovi Search virus onto us know that in the majority of cases we won't want their program (hence the fact that PUPs are usually bundled with legitimate software or tempting downloads such as torrents, free games, mp3s, movies and wallpapers) but they are often referred to in download agreements. This way the publishers cannot claim to be doing anything wrong.

The problem is that this referral or acknowledgement may not be terribly clear or obvious, and you may find that the wording is ambiguous or that you have to carefully check or uncheck any number of boxes in order to get the right combination that stops the PUP download. And that is why when you download something you should always check the agreement carefully and read between the lines. It's time to stop clicking 'OK, OK, OK' and to start protecting your computer from potentially unwanted programs. To remove Trovi Search 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,

Trovi Search 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.

2. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.

3. Remove Trovi Search 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.

4. 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:
  • Trovi Search
  • Search Protect by conduit
  • Yontoo
  • Trovi 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 Trovi Search from Google Chrome:

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

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove SearchNewTab, Trovi, Trovi Toolbar, Yontoo, Trovi Search, 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 Trovi Search from Mozilla Firefox:

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

2. Select Extensions. Remove SearchNewTab, Trovi, Trovi Toolbar, Trovi Search, 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: trovi

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 Trovi Search 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 Trovi Search and click Remove to remove it. Close the window.


Marvinthefish said...

Just got rid of Trovi with this page. Especially useful was the (Firefox) about:config thing and resetting preferences.

Linda said...

When I came to the point to remove it from Search Providers, the system does not let me to remove it from the list.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't remove it from Search Providers in Internet Explorer at first either, because it was set at default. Change a different search engine to default (something legitimate like yahoo or google) and then you can remove it.

Michael Coffey said...

@linda - This is because it is set as the default. Choose another as the default search, then the remove/delete button will become available.

Anonymous said...

Thank god I was about to shoot my laptop! Thank you for the information on how to get rid of this crap.

Joe said...

Hey thanks for the about:config tip it worked thanks soooo much!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much. I couldn't remove it from Firefox without this.

InternetMom13 said...

Thanks for the excellent advice on getting rid of Trovi and related programs. I don't have any idea how it suddenly hijacked my browsers and search engines but I'm happy it's gone, with your help!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the full advise how to get rid of Trovi.
I took a few steps myself but some parts are just not that easy.

Anonymous said...

I got this stupid malware from some Firefox add-on to download Flash videos. I had been using it for a year, but I guess a recent update also included this junk. Unfortunately, I deleted the Firefox extension and can't remember the name of it!

Jeff said...

Great guide, thanks!

Anonymous said...

adwcleaner will remove it and is a safe program not bund;ed with pups

Anonymous said...

Thanks man!!! Great guide, indeed!

Anonymous said...

Thank You alot!

Anonymous said...

OMG it worked for Google!! Thank you so much!!

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Anonymous said...

The blowser setting worked but The malware was unable to be uninstalled. Its frustrating!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! about:config did the trick. I will read all user agreements from now on. Great advice.

Anonymous said...

I deleted all of the added programs and it still there; I tried to remove the add-on but it's in there and trovi is still on my homepage

Anonymous said...

It still didn't work

deepak said...

Thanks a ton Buddy .... THIS WORKED ...

Ray said...

I've tried all of the suggestions for Internet Explorer and I am still stuck with Trovi.

gurmanXXX said...

One more thing about Explorer. You need to change home page! Settings -> Internet Options. In "General" tab delete trovi and click "Use new tab" button.

Anonymous said...

I have looked through all my add-ons and all my programs and I can't find any of them that have Trovi, but it is still on my computer. I even reset FireFox to its default settings and Trovi is still there!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much!!!!! :-)