By starting the browser that you usually use to surf the web from your PC you noticed something strange, very strange: the default home page has been changed and in its place displays a screen related to a strange search engine that you’ve never seen first: Trotux . Thinking that you have changed the settings of the browser was your prankster, you immediately called him to ask him the thing but unfortunately your thesis has not been confirmed. Staying in doubt, you set aside the question and then you tried to change again, based on what are your needs and preferences, the browser settings, but if you’re here now and you’re reading these lines, it seems clear that you are succeeded in your intent.
How do you say? Did it go this way? Well, I think so, unfortunately. Troutx is in fact a malware that falls into the category of browser hijackers , that is to say malicious software that are able to modify, in a way not wanted by the user, the normal browser settings. Generally Trotux is installed in an unconscious manner, for example in combination with other programs downloaded from the Internet without too much notice to this or that other item during the installation procedure and especially without removing the necessary check. Realizing the presence of Trotux on the computer is quite simple since what occurs is exactly what described above.
So? How to remove Trotux from your PC? Simple: following the procedure described in this article of mine dedicated to the subject. If you allow me a little ‘of your attention I can in fact illustrate, step by step, everything you need to do to succeed in the enterprise. It will take some time, this I want to underline immediately, but I can assure you that in the end the result will be satisfactory for you. Good reading and good luck!
The first fundamental step you need to accomplish in order to delete Trotux from your computer is to remove the related program from Windows. Usually Trotux also peeps in the Windows section to manage the installation of programs and applications, so it can be deleted like any other normal program.
To do so, you must then go to the Windows section with the list of programs installed on the PC, check if among the various software in the list there is some rumor related to the malware and, if so, make the elimination. Let’s see in more detail how to proceed on the various versions of Windows.
If what you are using is a PC equipped with Windows 10 , you must click on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) located at the bottom left on the taskbar and select the gear icon on the left side of the menu that opens. In the window that appears on the desktop, click on App and search for Trotux between the installed programs. If you want, you can help in the search using the Search field in this list at the top.
If you find programs that have the name Trotux and are not sure where they came from, uninstall them by clicking on their icon first and then clicking the Uninstall button twice in a row.
In the window that opens, then confirm that you want to remove the selected software by pressing the Yes button , and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the entire deletion procedure. In most cases, a series of clicks on the Next button should suffice .
Windows 8 / 8.x
If on your computer is installed Windows 8 / 8.x , to remove Trotux you have to click on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) located at the bottom left on the taskbar, then you have to press Settings tile (that with the gear ) in the Start Screen , select the Control Panel item at the bottom left and click on the words Uninstall a program attached to the window that appeared on the desktop.
On the next screen, if you find any reference to Trotux , immediately remove it by first clicking on its icon and then the Uninstall / Change button located at the top. Usually, to complete the whole process simply click on the Next button .
Windows 7 and earlier
If you use Windows 7 or an earlier version of the Redmond home operating system, you can uninstall Trotux by accessing the Windows Control Panel by clicking on the Start button (always the one with the Windows flag ) located at the bottom left and selecting the Control Panel item , in fact, from the menu that appears.
In the window that is then shown to you, click on the Uninstall a program (or Add / Remove Programs ) item to view the list of programs installed on your PC. If you find any reference to Trotux , proceed immediately to remove it by first clicking on its icon and then on the Uninstall / Change button located at the top. Even in this case, usually just click on Next to complete the procedure.
Run an antimalware scan
Uninstalling Trotux as seen together just now is useful but unfortunately it is not a practice that allows you to delete all the traces that malware can leave in the system. To cope with this it is therefore necessary to resort to an antimalware , a program designed specifically to wipe out malicious software from the system.
Among the various antimalware available on the square I suggest you use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware , one of the best around. It is able to recognize and eradicate various threats and is free (but it is also available in a paid version that allows you to have a real-time control on the system).
To download it on your computer, connected to the official website of the program and click first on the free Download button and chase on Download now . Then start the file mb3-setup-xx.exe you just got, click on Run and, in the window that opens, click in sequence on OK , Accept and Install and Finish .
Then start Malwarebytes and if you see a warning appearing asking you if you want to try the Premium version of the program also declines the invitation. Then click on the Scan button in the main window of the software and wait for the whole system to be started and completed and the result will be shown. Then select all the potential threats detected by the software and quarantine them by clicking on the appropriate button. Et voila !
Restore home page and browser search engine
A last “effort” that you have to accomplish in order to eliminate Trotux from your PC is to enter the browser settings, search for the settings related to the home page and the search engine and return them all to the default state in order to avoid annoying redirects . Below you will find out how to proceed on each of the most widespread web browsers.
- Google Chrome – Click on the button with the three horizontal dots located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears. In the tab that opens you will find the settings related to the home page in correspondence with the words Open a specific page or a set of pages and those related to the search engine in the entry Search engine used in the address bar .
- Mozilla Firefox – Click the button with the three horizontal lines at the top right and select the Options item from the menu that opens. Then go to the General tab to change the settings on the home page and on the Searchtab to change the search engine settings.
- Microsoft Edge – Click the button with the three vertical dots at the top right and select Settings from the menu. Then change the settings for the home page using the Open Microsoft Edge menu with and change the default search engine by selecting the Advanced Settings item and then clicking Change search engine .
If after making the above changes the browser’s home page is still altered, check that there are no variables that redirect to Trotux in the connection you use to start the program from the desktop. To do so, locate the browser icon on the desktop, right-click on it and select the Properties item from the menu.
In the window that will be shown at this point, select the Link tab , locate the Destination field and delete any variables present after the browser executable (eg after C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Google \ Chrome \ Application \ chrome .exe for about Google Chrome). Then click on the Apply button to save the changes you have made.
In case of problems
Even if you followed the instructions that I have finished in the previous lines you still could not delete Trotux on your computer? Then put into practice the further instructions that you find below and you will see that eventually you will finally succeed in your intent.
Force the uninstallation of Trotux
Did you fail to uninstall Trotux via the Windows or Control Panel settings because there was no entry or why did the procedure stop responding? Then read my tutorial on to find out what additional methods you can start to complete the operation, even in a forced manner.
Use an alternative antimalware
If using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware you have not been able to identify Trotux on your computer but if you continue to find it, you can contact an alternative antimalware software. In circulation, as anticipated, there are many. If you want some advice in this regard as well as some useful straightforward use you can read my tutorial dedicated to the
best anti malware dedicated just right to the subject.
Remove suspicious extensions
An operation that you can do if after putting into practice the instructions that I have provided in the previous lines continue to detect the presence of Trotux on your computer is to go and remove suspicious extensions, that is to say those that have a name doubtful or somehow traceable to malware and you do not remember having installed yourself. If you do not know how to do it, you can read my article on how to delete Chrome extensions
regarding Google Chrome and the one on how to delete Firefox extension with regard to Mozilla Firefox.
Reset the browser
Are you still dealing with traces of Trotux on your browser but the antimalware finds absolutely nothing and your PC seems to be “clean”? Then I can not help but suggest you to restore the Web browser you usually use bringing it back to factory. If you do not know how to do it, read my article on how to restore Chrome for what concerns Google Chrome and my post on how to restore Firefox for Mozilla Firefox.