How to Remove Browser Hijacker ( Removal Guide)?

If homepage keeps being redirected to out of sudden, you should beware you’re your computer is infecting with redirect is classified as browser hijacker. Once infected, the internet browser settings including homepage, default search engine and so on will be changed. If you unfortunately get infected with the redirect virus and want to get rid of it, read more.

What is ( Browser Hijacker Introduction) redirect is classified as browser hijacker, which is able to invade to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Once infected, the homepage will be replaced with without your permission and knowledge. At the same time, the default search engine will be changed to engine.
The hijacks your searching and displays advertisements and commercial links in the result list, so as to profit from the advertisements. But for users, all of the advertisements are useless information eating the computer system and slowing the computer speed. Users feel annoyed by the pop-up ads disturbance.

Furthermore, the redirection may hijack your searching to malicious websites which may contain or automatically download rootkits or Trojans. There is a great danger if the rootkits or Trojans is utilized by cyber criminals. In such case, cyber criminals can easily access to your computer, monitor your search habits or even steal the sensitive data related to bank account and password. It is highly recommended you get rid of before it causes further more computer issues.

Infection way of Browser Hijacker

There are many ways the redirect virus could enter into the computer. Usually, it is installed on computer through free downloads, especially video players or video convertor programs. If you click too fast and uncheck customize setup, you may also agree to install In addition, it can be distributed as unsolicited email attachments, or bundled with freeware and shareware programs. Hijacker Prevention Suggestions

To be safe online, you should be far away from the If the comes bundled with free downloads, actually, you originally have a chance to reject the related program. But they may neglect the installation information and accept all the suggestions because of rushing. So, you should always opt for the custom installation and reject the thing which you are not familiar with.
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How to Remove Browser Hijacker ( Removal Guide)?

Step 1 Remove from control panel
(Remove unknown programs from control panel for can be bundled into unknown programs.)
Step 2 Remove from browser
(It is necessary for you to check whether roots in all browsers installed on your computer. once you find related add-ons and extension in your browsers, remove them immediately)
Step 3 Clean invalid registry entries and leftovers using Cloud System Booster
( has the ability of taking a comeback due to its caches and leftovers. If you want to completely eliminate, you need to delete its registries manually or choose a cache cleaning tool-Cloud System Booster to completely remove
Malware ( prevention tips
(Redirect virus may bring other malware infections without your knowledge. to make sure your computer security, you need to scan your computer with an antivirus on your computer. this article takes Anvi Smart Defender as an example.)

step 1

Remove from control panel

Windows 8
Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen. Click Settings on Charms bar and go to Control Panel. Select Uninstall a program and remove related programs.
Windows XP
Go to Start, navigate to Settings and click on Control Panel, navigate to Add or Remove Programs, choose Programs and Features, find related programs, and hit Remove.
Windows 7/Vista
Go to Start, navigate to Control Panel, select Uninstall a program/Programs and Features, find related programs, and click on Uninstall.


step 2

Remove from browser

First of all, choose the browser installed on your computer.

Remove from Google Chrome
1 Go to Chrome menu > tools> Extensions >
Find and delete related add-ons from the list.

2 Click Chrome menu > tools>Settings>On startup >Set pages>
mouse-over to and click the X symbol to remove it and add your preferred domain and set it as your homepage.

3 Click on Settings>Appearance>Change.
Remove from Startup pages by clicking the X symbol(you can also choose to add a new page by entering its URL).

4 Click Chrome menu> Settings>Search>Manage search engines…>
Choose to set another preferred one as the default search engine by clicking Make default&gt and remove from the list.



step 3

Clean invalid registry entries and leftovers using Cloud System Booster

After removing redirect virus, there are invalid registry entries as well as any leftovers left in the computer. These junks files will slow down the computer or leave hide danger in your computer. It is highly recommended that you get rid of the junks files using Cloud System Booster—a computer cleaner initially designed to clean and optimize your computer by throwing out junk data on disk, registry, and more unneeded Windows files. If you have any question, please feel free to get in touch for help.
Cloud System Booster v3.1 is a new version of Cloud System Booster developed by Anvisoft team. Asides from keeping original features of cleaning and optimizing computer by throwing out junk data on disk, registry, and more unneeded Windows files, Cloud System Booster v3.1 increases some new functions, such as Cloud Sync, Toolbar Manage, and GB File Remover. The Cloud Sync is cloud technology applied to synchronously update the database for more efficiency. Increased Toolbar manager is able to help remove any malicious or unwanted toolbar/browser add-on from IE, Firefox & Chrome. And the GB File Remover is used for finding GB Files stored on the machine to remove any unwanted file and release more disk space.
1. Download and install Cloud System Booster.
2. Run the Cloud System Booster.
Click on the Quick Scare button on the main screen to run a full scan, and hit Clear button to remove these junk files, malicious registry entries, etc.

Malware ( prevention tips redirect may bring further infectious and redirect you to infectious websites. In this case, you are exposed to other horrible computer viruses. Cyber criminals are very possible to dropping Trojans or rootkits on your computer through malicious websites. Therefore, it is necessary for you to scan your computer using an antivirus program to make sure the nonexistence of other malware after you remove
Anvi Smart Defender is a powerful antivirus tool, which can help users prevent malicious software such as virus, Trojan, adware, spyware and so on. The light and smart swordfish scan engine will not consume extra resources to influence the operation of the computer. And here we recommend you the Anvi Smart Defender antimalware and use it for demonstration.
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123 thoughts on “How to Remove Browser Hijacker ( Removal Guide)?

  1. This helped me, I had Browser Safe Guard installed and after I uninstalled it the Trovi virus is gone. After having this aggravating page pop up for months I finally found a good page to help me get rid of it. Thank you.

        • Hi Rafael,

          Have you followed the steps to repair the startup page, the homepage and the search engine of your Google Chrome?

          • Person…read down below where the thread talks about Search Protect. That’s how mine was listed. Use the date column on ur Uninstall window n it will narrow down to the items downloaded that day. Even had a fancy window warning pop up saying I’d be unprotected if I uninstalled. That’s how I knew it was Trovi. I was in Mozilla but it put itself on all three of my IP’s..nasty.

            Has anyone tried their free download?

          • ends up costing 30 bucks – then only scans your computer and then you have to pay 300 to get it to remove the trovi – a big rip -off – NOT FREE at all

          • Thanks for the tip to look for Search Protect! It worked for me when I uninstalled it!!

    • Hi Kyle,

      Could you please let me know what web browser do you use? I will try my best to help you with your issue.

        • Sorry Kay, we provide instruction only for Windows users.

          I am sorry that I am still unfamiliar with Mac operating system and we are unable to provide any help.

  2. This was great. Everyone please note, the program was hiding under the name “Conduit search” in my add and remove programs. Once I deleted it from there, I’m back to normal

    • Thanks so much for your information.

      Conduit is a kind of malicious program which should be removed immediately.
      Sometimes, the different redirect pages are supported by the same malicious program, such as conduit, search protect by conduit. bpprotect etc…

      • Where do I find things Like Condiut and Search project? I’ve looked in applications folder and can’t find it

        • Hi Bridget,

          1 First of all, you can check it on the uninstall page of control panel.

          Windows 8
          Move mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen. Click Settings on Charms bar and go to Control Panel. Select Uninstall a suspicious program.

          Windows XP
          Go to Start, navigate to Settings and click on Control Panel, navigate to Add or Remove Programs, choosePrograms and Features, find and remove suspicious program.

          Windows 7/Vista
          Go to Start, navigate to Control Panel, select Uninstall a program/Programs and Features, find and uninstall suspicious program.

          2 And then, check your browser

          Internet Explorer

          Open Internet Explorer, Go to Tools> Manage Add-ons >>select Toolbars and Extensions, disable the suspicious extensions and any other unknown add-ons.

          Google Chrome

          Open Google Chrome, click on Chrome menu button. Go to Tools → Extensions, select suspicious extension and click trashcan icon to remove it.


          Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools → Add-ons. Select Extensions. Choose suspicious extension, Click on Disable or Remove button to remove it.

          Hope it works for you!

    • Yes, the best way for me to find it was to look at the date installed… I knew which program was trying to get slick after noticing the date coincided with the annoying behavior – despite its clever name of “Search Protect,” obviously not accurate.

  3. finally I found it. It was not called trovi but Search Protect by Conduit. Thanks guys for sharing this in the comments. *thumbs up*

  4. i also got it as “search protect” by conduit.

    once removed from the programs list, everything went back to normal, both in chrome and firefox

  5. hey I need help ASAP I cant find any of these things in control panel even in the search bar. im using windows 8 internet explorer
    please help I only got this laptop the other week

    • Hi Joshua,

      You can try this to repair your Internet Explorer.

      1. Go to Tools> Internet Options. In the Internet Options dialog box,
      click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.

      2. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete
      personal settings box, and then click on Reset button.

      After Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click on Close and then click

  6. To delete the whole thing, you must go to the control panel, then click on deleting programs, then go to a file named something with “protect”, I don’t know the full name anymore, but the logo is a shield with an O or Q on it! delete that! then it has disapeared!

    • I searched my entire add or remove programs and there is nothing that I don’t recognise or has that logo but trovi still shows up. However I found that logo in that bottom right section of my toolbar but i can’t click on it

  7. For me, it was hiding under a program called SoftwareWatcher, so I’d check any seemingly safe sounding downloads you got to make sure it’s not piggybacking that.

  8. it’s asking me if I “want to allow the following program kt make changes to this computer” when I try download the cloud system booster? should I say yes?

    GOD BLESS YOU!!! <3

    • This kind of browser hijacker always come together with free program. When you install a program, it may change your browser settings automatically. Please be carefully when you need to install a free program.


  10. I can not find any of the names you guys provided for this Trovi crap ! Please help I’m using firefox ! I checked my installed programs and none of the names I read in the comment came up?

    • Hi Brittany,

      Could you please try to reset your browser settings by following instruction?

      1 Open Firefox, click the Firefox button, go to the Help sub-menu, and select Troubleshooting Information.

      2 Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

      3 Then click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens. Firefox will close and be reset.

    Go to “Start”
    Go to “My Computer”
    Under “System Tasks”
    Click “Add or remove programs”
    Click file name “Conduit” or “Search Protect”
    Click “Remove/Uninstall”
    Let program uninstall, and should go away!

      • I knew, that my infection came with a EaseUs Partition Manager. Since that was the only software installed today, I uninstalled all the programs that were installed or modified today. So if you know when the infection happened, then sort the “Uninstall Programs” list by “date modified”. Then you have all the alternatives easy to find. Then regedit removal. So pretty simple to do manually if one has been fixing things with regedit manually since NT 3.51.

    • In the Windows control panel, you can find the add and remove functions to uninstall any unwanted program.

      Please go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Add/Remove Programs.
      If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.

    • Hi Tyler,

      Did you find search protect by conduit on your computer as other users?
      Please make sure to uninstall it.

      By the way, please let me know what web browser do you use and still experience the same problem?

  12. Hey thanks for the help but I cannot remove trovi search from my add ons in internet explorer. I see it with the option to disable and remove. I did manage to disable it but not remove it because it does not let you. Can you please help?

    • Hi,

      If you can not find the trovi add-on in Internet Explorer, please ignore the tips and manually to repair your web browser.

      By the way, please also check carefully if there is any program named conduit, search protect, browser defender, software watcher etc.. in your control panel. If you find any, please make sure to uninstall them all.

      • How do you “manually repair the web browser”? I don’t think I saw that in the above article. I also don’t want to download another program to remove this program. I have the same problem as Jorge; I have uninstalled all the lingering Trovi programs, changed my web browser back to my chosen defaults, and disabled the trovi add-on in Manage Add-Ons BUT I cannot remove it. To be clearer I am still finding it through this path: Tools>Manage Add-Ons>Search Providers. I am using IE9. Thank you for any help you can provide.
        This either came from one of my children looking at inappropriate sites or from trying to download a clock for my sleep mode screensaver. Grrrrr.

        • You can try the manual steps here to repair your IE 9:

          Or you can just reset your browser settings by following tips:

          1. Go to Tools> Internet Options. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.

          2. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, and then click on Reset button.

          After Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click on Close and then click OK.

  13. finally figured out which file it was, looked like a start up with something along the lines of “software watcher” in it, deleted it and no more Trovi

    • Thanks a lot for sharing the information. The software watcher is also malicious related, and the trovi is supported by different malware program.

  14. I just got rid of it, be advised, it also “hides” under a name called “Search Protect” made by Client Connect LTD. This guide really helped, thanks!

  15. Help. im using windows 8, and trovi has infected my chrome browser.. but it seems alright with my IE. i couldnt find any traces of this anywhere mentioned here.. certainly not there in my add and remove programs…

    • Hi Henry,

      If you can not find anything malicious in your control panel or browser extension, please manually remove the homepage and startup page from your Google Chrome.

      And you can use following tips to repair your IE:

      1. Go to Tools> Internet Options. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.

      2. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, and then click on Reset button.

      After Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click on Close and then click OK.

  16. thank you so much!!!!!!! this is a brand new laptop and i think i might’ve accidentally downloaded that trovi thing urgh i hate typing it because its malcious but after going on various sites which basically just advertised ‘protectors’ which i had to payh a ton of money, im SOOOOO happy i stumbled on this, I’m so grateful, my older brother always thinks im really bad at computers and technology and i didnt wanna go to him for help because he wouldve said he was right and confiscated this of me, but thanks to you anvi, but also on control panel i couldn’t find the program and thought i would read comments which im so grateful for because thanks to ALL of you, you guys told me it was search protect and i immediately found that, nasty, malicious THING hiding and it had a voice and thing saying it was good and it would be bad if i uninstalled it because others would basically do what it was set to do; change my default browser, etc… making it out like it was good but i saw through the lies thanks to you guys, and i cant tell you how AMAZING i feel opening a new tab and clicking the home button and trovi not coming up, i didnt know it was malicious til various sites said it was. without your help anvi, my laptop wouldve never been the same; it would either be confiscated on me or me monitored on it and not being trusted on it and all of you guys with your REALLY helpful comments seriously without you guys i wouldnt be as happy as i am now, i know this story is long but i seriously cannot express how grateful i am thank you, and who knows, someone out there might have a similar experience and anvi anyone with trovi urgh the name disgusts me, so innocent and yet so dangerous, but dude I LOVE YOU more people need to see this to help them get rid of that THING. thank you SOO much i cannot repay you, i just hope you read my story and know the experience ive faced and now resolved due to you thank you IMMENSLY!!!!

    • You are welcome. We are very happy to know that this article help you solve your problem. 🙂

    • The is supported by the conduit toolbar which is detected as adware program by many antivirus program. Please make sure to uninstall it.

  17. I have trovi in both google chrome and Internet Explorer. I have not been able to figure out how to find it and get rid of the virus. At this point I cannot use my new laptop. Any easy step-by-step instructions on how a non-techie can remove this virus?

    • Hi Jane,

      You can restore your browser settings with instruction below:

      For Internet Explorer:

      Go to Tools> Internet Options. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.

      In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, and then click on Reset button.

      For Google Chrome:

      Click on the icon ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’, select ‘Settings’, at the bottom of this page, click on ‘Show advanced settings’.

      Find the Reset browser settings option, click on Reset button to reset your Google Chrome.

  18. Help I have TROVI on windows xp it’s taken over GOOGLE as search engine, I can’t find it anywhere to delete it, it isn’t under any of the names suggested here.

  19. I’m using Google chrome and even though I’ve followed the steps every time I open a new tab Trovi comes up. I can’t download the things above because of another malicious file that was “bundled” with Trovi when i tried to download an innocent looking file. Along with Trovi and ODM, Gorillaprice has somehow also gotten onto my computer. I’m having a really hard time trying to delete all these files, and I can’t trust any malicious software removers because they all turn out to download MORE malicious software! I fear for my computer and privacy! I’m not sure how may days I have to uninstall this before it’s too late!

    • Oh, and I’d very much like to use only my mouse here to delete files, not an antivirus program. It seems as if I have a billion of those now that do nothing but slow down my computer!

      • Never mind, you can also delete the malicious entry manually. To do that, please go to
        and delete them.

    • Hi Kitty,

      This trovi malware add malicious registry entry and force the default web browser to open the page automatically.

      Thus, please run Anvi Smart Defender to eliminate the malicious registry entry and then try the steps above to repair your Google Chrome homepage and new tab page once again.

  20. So I deleted it all of my computer and my browser is soooooo slow I can’t even go onto any link any help??

    • Please run Anvi Smart Defender quick or full scan to eliminate the left malicious files.

  21. Thank you so much! It wasn’t too hard to get rid of (along with it’s other installed items), but it proved to be a nasty little browser hijack. So, thank you again!

  22. this actually works. I just got rid of Trovi following these steps. Now all I need to do is erase any remaining traces as the instructions state. Thanks again antivisoft team 🙂

    • You are welcome. Thanks a lot for letting us know. We are always glad to offer help.

  23. I have located trovi but it will not uninstall. It’s publisher is client connect ltd. I am running windows 8.1 & I have selected uninstall & it hasn’t been removed. I have waited approx 30 min & nothing has happened but when I click on it again it says to wait till it’s finished. I have removed everything else but one file is not allowing me to delete it due to not having permission. I am the admin of the computer & this has me extremely frustrated. Please help if possible

    • Hi Arron, could you please try to uninstall it under safe mode with networking?

      step 1 Reboot your computer to safe mode with networking.

      Windows XP and Windows 7

      Press and hold the F8 key as computer starts but before Windows launches.

      Note: If pressing and holding the F8 key only gets you a stuck key message, which means you failed to reach the Windows Advanced Options Menu, you should tap the F8 key continuously instead to get the screen.

      Windows 8

      Restart into Advanced Startup options menu. Click Troubleshoot button>Advanced options. Under the Advanced option, click Startup settings. Click on the “Restart” button. Restart into Startup Settings screen. Press 5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

      Step 2 Uninstall trovi from control panel

  24. How do I know after removing all of these programs that the malicious software is really gone? Mine was downloaded in a driver upgrade called slim ware I believe. I just removed everything from that date and did the reset and it is gone … Or is it really? How do I know for sure

    • You can check the homepages of all browsers installed on your PC and notice whether there are trovi popups displayed.

    • This kind of adware may create lots of junk files which may eat up your system resources and result in slow computer performance. also, you may suffer lots of popup ads and redirections. There is a possibility that you are redirected to some malicious websites. therefore, you are recommended to get rid of it as soon as possible.

  25. Thank you! The program on my system was hidden under the file name search protect, would never have seen it if not for this 🙂

    • Hi WG26,

      Before resetting the google chrome, you are highly recommended to get rid of suspicious program like Search Protect, Conduit search, SoftwareWatcher or something else. otherwise, it will still revive even after you reset your Chrome or reinstall the chrome.

  26. Trovi would open in new tab for me in chrome, after reading and installing & following this guide still no luck…that is until I went to the control panel and uninstalled search protect. No more nasty trovi, hope this helps someone else with my issue.

  27. Thank you for this helpful advice. Have been having such difficulty with my daughter’s laptop. She cannot search web at all…IE keeps going to and then IE fails & forces quit. Will resetting IE 8 correct issue (after removing trovi & related files)??

  28. Hi, Lisa, you can try to rest your IE. And do not forget to check your IE’s shortcut target.

    Close your Internet Explorer, right click on your IE shortcut and then click on the Properties option.
    In the shortcut tab, remove from the Target box if it is located, click on Apply and OK to save the change.

    This operation will make sure the trovi won’t launch again.

  29. I couldn’t for the life of me what I downloaded last month, when I went to my browser, it had changed to Trovi. com search engine. I have google, msn and xfinity. I was going nuts trying to find this invader to no avail. I went to manage add-ons and Trovi wasn’t there.
    I finally went to control panel an add and remove, this is what I found: Sear Protect and who it’s by Client Connect, LTD., a program I didn’t recognized. I got more info and this some how snuck into my system and changed everything on my homepage. I just delete and run a scan to make sure it is completely off my computer. My 3 homepage is back: MSN, xfinity and google. Trovi isn’t a malicious virus, but a nuisance in itself, a malware/spyware and slows down your computer to the point of being glitchy.

    • Hi, Faye, I am very glad to hear that you get rid of this Trovi hijacker.
      Just be careful when you download and install something from the Internet!

  30. I downloaded everything and uninstalled conduit and everything and the trovi still pops up on my browser.. I uninstalled google and fixed everything on the homepage and still nothing.

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