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How to remove Trotux in 7 easy steps

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Trotux is a browser hijacker that uses stealthy techniques to stay on the system and collect browsing-related information

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Trotux is a browser hijacker detected under Adware/ShortcutHijacker and other terms. In most of the cases, the virus fails to leave the system.

Questions about virus

Trotux is a browser hijacker that has been affecting computer systems since 2016. It infiltrates the system without any notice and then alters target web browsers to redirect its victims to If you try to modify these settings back to normal, the virus uses Windows services and its own components to recover these settings. As a result, numerous tech forums have been filled with questions about the removal of this virus.[1] However, at the moment of writing, this potentially unwanted program[2] is detected as safe. Nevertheless, you should not deal with Trotux virus as it starts causing redirects and pop-up ads right after it settles down on the system. Additionally, it silently tracks your browsing habits and personal information like IP address, location, email address, etc.

Name Trotux
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Detected as Adware/ShortcutHijacker (Malwarebytes antimalware)
Symptoms Alters system settings, causes redirects and pop-up ads, fails to leave the system when asked
Distribution Software bundles, fake ads, misleading official site
Main danger Collects various information about the user, redirects to possibly malicious sites
Elimination Use Reimage for general system cleaning

Trotux browser hijacker can easily infiltrate your compute without your permission which is a clear indicator that there is something suspicious about this program. However, stealthy system hijack is just the beginning.

As soon as hijack is finished, this virus immediately goes for your browser and starts altering its settings. Therefore, it is likely that the first thing you will notice when this virus settles on your system will be the changes in your browser. Do not be surprised if one day, after opening your browser, you will find this hijacker instead of your regular search engine.

It is also important to remember that this virus will try to remain on your browser for as long as possible by altering your DNS settings [3] and installing additional software, such as toolbars and extensions. Besides, Trotux collaboration with another hijacker, which is called, is another reason for mistrusting this program.

Trotux redirect
Trotux is a PUP that comes to your system via freeware bundles and starts collecting sensitive information immediately.

As we have already discussed, this browser hijacker adjusts homepage plus the new tab page settings and redirects users to a particular search engine page that is shown in the picture above. If you click the “About” link provided at the bottom of this site, it will open the author’s note which introduces this search engine as a useful and innovative web browsing tool.

The note claims that Trotux virus compiles “results from many of the Web's major search properties, delivering more relevant and comprehensive results. The search results you receive include the top commercial (sponsored advertising) [results] and non-commercial (algorithmic) results from the most popular search engines on the Web.”

However, according to our research, other shady search engines, such as, or also promise the same thing. Sadly, all these search tools are associated with browser hijackers which are actively distributed all around the web. Many users complain about these search tools and are actively looking for their removal tutorials, including Trotux removal.

Trotux hijack

Besides hijacking of the browser’s settings, the virus also causes redirect issue on every target computer system. is also one of the most concerning features worth mentioning when talking about the program’s malicious tendencies. Each time you enter the web browser your home page is redirected to and every click on the browser and pop-up windows opens at least a few news windows or tabs. This search engine reportedly delivers rigged search results, which hold vague and questionable hyperlinks.

Once activated, these hyperlinks can reroute the user to highly suspicious Internet sites and, consequently, puts user's privacy and computer security in danger. These web pages that promote themselves via such shady search engines can be filled with dangerous content, so it is advisable to stay clear of them.

It is important to remove Trotux engine from your browser because it is a pure gateway for the potentially unwanted programs to enter your PC. Since the main technique of distribution is software bundles there is a possibility of already installed unwanted programs or tools:

  • rogue optimization tools;
  • browser extensions;
  • background processes;
  • adware programs;
  • bookmarks;
  • toolbars.

If the question “why Trotux keeps coming back” is your primary concern, you should look at Trotux removal guidelines provided at the end of this article. Our spyware research team has prepared this virus elimination tutorial for users who do not have an anti-spyware program or just wish to eliminate this hijacker manually. [4] If you really do not wish to be bothered with the elimination of this browser parasite, just scan your system with Malwarebytes. Additionally, run Reimage to make sure that your PC is clean from spyware and malware infections automatically.

Trotux virus is a browser hijacker that affects the speed and performance of your computer.

PUP infiltration can be avoided

There are numerous ways computer viruses can enter computers. However, every family of cyber threats has their typical ways of spreading [5]. Speaking of distribution methods used to spread potentially unwanted programs, the most frequently used technique is called software bundling. Briefly said, PUPs secretly install with other programs without the user’s consent.

To avoid being tricked into installing potentially dangerous software, always read through the EULA [6] and other software documents. In the downloaded program’s setup choose “Advanced” installation mode and inspect all the programs in the software package content list. If you see some suspicious applications, cancel them immediately and proceed with the installation as usual.

Trotux removal FAQ:

Question by Allen, 21: Hey. I was wondering what antivirus software would be most suitable for the Trotux removal? I am currently a college student so I cannot afford expensive antivirus suites. Can you suggest any free or some inexpensive solutions I could try?

Answer: Dear Allen. We are glad you are concerned about the health of your system. Despite the common misconception, you do not necessarily need expensive software to keep your computer clean and protected. There are free anti-malware utilities like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner that may help you keep on top your computer's security and remove any undesirable malware, including Trotux with a couple of mouse clicks.

Question by Daniele, 34: In your articles, you claim that it is necessary to reset the browser after you remove Trotux from the computer. Does this condition remain when malware removal is carried out automatically, i.e. using some sort of antivirus or anti-malware program?

Answer: Thank you for your question, Daniele. No matter what methods you use to get rid of Trotux from your computer, it is absolutely necessary to reset all browsers that have been infected by this hijacker. Please remember that hijackers may install additional browser extensions, toolbars or other components on your browser in order to secure their place in your system. Antivirus utilities may remove them from the computer, but it will not uninstall these browser add-ons from your browser; therefore, you may continue to experience interruptions and other inconveniences when browsing the web. Thus, we highly recommend dedicating a few minutes of your time to clean your browsers and start fresh.

Question by George, 49: Can Mac OS X be infected with Trotux? I mean, what should I do if I find this site on Safari?

Answer: Dear George. Unfortunately, Mac OS X users are regularly reporting infections even though this virus was initially thought to be exclusively Windows-based. This means that your Safari browser is not longer safe from this malware and can get infected. If this happens to your Web engine, do not panic — you can take the hijack under your control. Antivirus utilities such as Malwarebytes can fix the problem in just a few minutes, but if you do not wish to invest your money into malware-fighting equipment, you may as well delete Trotux manually.

Trotux elimination require professional help

There are two ways to banish potentially unwanted programs, such as this browser hijacker, from the infected device one and for all. More experienced users usually take the manual approach. However, if you have not dealt with virus elimination before, the whole Trotux removal process may seem quite intimidating. it is more advisable to use anti-malware programs and PC repair tools to clean your system thoroughly.

Luckily, you can delete this infection from your computer automatically as well. With respectable antivirus utilities, you will be able to achieve that in just a few clicks. Additionally, the software will scan your whole computer to find other malware, potentially hiding in your system.

Nevertheless, if you wish to remove Trotux virus manually, read through the instructions provided below this article to avoid elimination errors. If you encounter any uninstall issues, do not hesitate to contact us, and we will do our best to help you get rid of this clingy virus.

As we have already mentioned, this browser hijacker may try to mess up your DNS settings. If you want to make sure that they are fine, follow these steps right after uninstalling Trotux:

  1. Go to “Control Panel”-> “Network and Internet” -> “Network and Sharing Center”-> “Change Adapter Settings”. here, you should reveal your active Internet connection.
  2. Right-click this option and select “Properties”.
  3. Look for “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)”, select it and click on “Properties” one more time.
  4. Once “Properties” window shows up, make sure that “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically!” are selected. As we have already warned you, this hijacker may try to change these settings.
  5. Select “OK” to save changes.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

If your Windows OS was hijacked by Trotux Search virus, you need to uninstall all entries that could be related to this browser hijacker.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall and related programs
    Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Erase from Mac OS X system

To fix Mac OS X, you need to uninstall everything that is related to this hijacker.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove from Internet Explorer (IE)

When eliminating Trotux from your Internet Explorer, please be sure to remove all the virus-related extensions and add-ons from your browser and then reset your search engine to confirm these changes.

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate virus from Microsoft Edge

If Trotux has breached your Microsoft Edge protection and installed itself on this browser, you should remove it immediately. We have prepared a tutorial below to help you with the elimination.

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If your Mozilla Firefox is affected by this hijacker, we highly recommend removing Trotux add-on and other entries from this browser by following these steps:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete from Google Chrome

Trotux elimination from Google Chrome is explained in detail below:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Ulah Balland says:
    June 22nd, 2016 at 1:23 am

    It took me quite a while to figure out how to remove this hijacker from my browser…

  2. Bridget Pensington says:
    June 22nd, 2016 at 1:25 am

    I reset my browser and it seems that I finally got rid of the virus

  3. Jordy says:
    August 26th, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Trotux was so annoying, but i managed to remove it from my browser. Thanks so much for helping me to do it!

  4. Oprah says:
    August 26th, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Trotux not uninstalling, I think i am doing something wrong way

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