The online ads, the intrusive pop-ups, the new toolbars, tabs, and banners are a common disturbance for many web users. These sketchy and annoying marketing materials are usually displayed on the users’ screens thanks to specific software called browser hijackers. On this page, we are going to talk about one of them, which is the source of some rather undesired page redirects and replacements in the browser’s homepage or search engine. It is called Trotux “Virus” and if your browsing has been disturbed by it, then here we are going to show you how to deal with it. This program has the ability to take over some of the most popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, IE, etc., so, if you have been using them, you have most probably been affected by its aggressive activity. Fortunately, there is a way to get your favorite browser back to normal and remove all of the imposed changes. For that, you will need to fully uninstall Trotux “Virus” from your system and in the next lines, we are going to show you how to do that.
Facing a browser hijacker like Trotux “Virus” could be a quite frustrating experience.
A browser hijacker is specific software, which is exclusively created to display all varieties of online advertisements, pop-up messages, new tabs, sponsored links, web pages, and promotions on the users’ screen every time they open their browser. Trotux “Virus” is one program, which perfectly fits that category and has recently been reported as a source of various unauthorized browser modifications and aggressive ads generation. This program could cause quite the unpleasant experience to someone, who has not dealt with such software before and there are a few reasons for that.
First of all, it can mess up the user’s browser, and without their approval, it may place some new toolbar, replace their homepage and search engine or redirect their searches to websites and sponsored links, which they never intended to visit. The intrusiveness of these activities may create a disturbance to the affected users. It is not uncommon that some of them may mistake Trotux “Virus” for a virus infection mostly because of the way it takes over their browser and gives them no option to easily remove the imposed changes and the annoying ads. But, luckily, a browser hijacker like this one is not a real virus. It doesn’t have malicious scripts and its aim is not to corrupt your system. All the browser hijacking is done basically with advertising purposes. Different vendors, software developers, and marketers may use programs like Trotux “Virus” to promote their services and products or they may also earn from clicks on the ads through the popular Pay-Per-Click method. This is nothing malicious or illegal. However, it may simply irritate some of the users to the point that they may wish to uninstall the browser hijacker from their machine.
Can a browser hijacker be considered a security threat?
When we speak about security threats, we generally refer to malicious programs like Ransomware, Trojans, or different computer viruses. These pieces of software are usually created by cyber criminals and their aim is to perform various malicious activities or illegal deeds to you and your system. A cryptovirus from the Ransomware type, for example, can encrypt your data and blackmail you while a Trojan horse can heavily compromise your security. No browser hijacker has ever been related to such harmful activities. However, there may be some other reasons, which may make you decide to uninstall this type of software from your computer. For instance, a browser hijacker may not be capable of corrupting your system, but it may significantly slow down its performance. Or, it may use a fair share of the system resources to display useless ads and redirect you to different sponsored web locations. Or, it may collect some browsing-related information about your preferences and searches and then transmit it to its developers and different marketers. If you think about it, this can be considered privacy invasion, which may automatically turn this type of software into potentially unwanted.
How to protect your PC?
Stay away from sketchy content, spam, links, and attachments, where intrusive ads are promising you free software or automatic installers. These are usually bundled with some ad-generating software like browser hijackers, adware or different potentially unwanted programs. If you want to install a new program on your PC, always do that through the “Advanced/Custom” option. This is where you can manually customize the bundle and disable any additional software from getting automatically installed on your system.
How to Remove Trotux “Virus”
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.