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2021 update. How to remove Trotux in 7 easy steps

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser hijacker

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

Trotux adwareTrotux 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 Trotux.com 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 www.trotux.com. 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 ReimageIntego 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 Trotux.com 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 iwatchavi.com, is another reason for mistrusting this program.

Trotux redirectTrotux 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 safehomepage.com, nuesearch.com or dogpile.com 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 Trotux.com 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 ReimageIntego to make sure that your PC is clean from spyware and malware infections automatically.

TrotuxTrotux 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.

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To remove Trotux.com virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Trotux.com 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.

To remove Trotux.com virus from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Trotux.com virus (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase Trotux.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Trotux.com virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Trotux.com virus-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Trotux.com virus, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Trotux.com virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Trotux.com virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove Trotux.com 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.

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Trotux.com virus and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Trotux.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Trotux.com 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.

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Trotux.com virus-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Trotux.com 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:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Trotux.com virus and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Trotux.com virus did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Trotux.com virus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete Trotux.com from Google Chrome

Trotux elimination from Google Chrome is explained in detail below:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Trotux.com virus by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Trotux.com virus in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Trotux.com virus-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Trotux.com virus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of Trotux.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Trotux.com virus and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Trotux.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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