Remove Trotux “Virus” from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, in just a few easy steps with our removal guide which work with all versions of Windows.
Browser hijackers are becoming more and more popular nowadays. These programs can totally alter how your browser (any of them – Firefox, Chrome, or Explorer) tends to look and the way it works, by setting it to display numerous online ads, like banners and pop-ups; redirect you to strange web addresses and change your favorite homepage and default search engine. The program we will be discussing in the following paragraphs – XXX, has been classified as a browser hijacker and possesses all the basic features of this kind of software mentioned above. If you want to access more details about this type of software and its possible effects, scroll down.
The possible effects of XXX on your PC
XXX might result in all the aforementioned changes when it comes to your browser. Nevertheless, there are less likely, but still possible effects that such a browser hijacker might have. For example, in case the production of pop-up ads becomes too intense, your PC might freeze or become irresponsive to your commands, as many of its resources might be consumed by the generation of advertisements. What’s more, these ads may not be random at all – hijackers have the ability to review your browsing history and try to determine what kind of products, services and software you may be interested in. Some people could see that as particularly disturbing and suspicious.
Are browser hijackers also identified as viruses?
In the paragraph above we have elaborated on the rather shady characteristics of XXX and all these programs. However, we are not talking about malware in the case of any known hijacker. These programs may simply be super annoying. Nonetheless, their activities are just marketing-driven. Their developers get paid to make them promote goods, software and services in a way efficient enough to sell. Such a way is sometimes the intensive exposure to advertisements, the redirecting to websites that pay to be promoted and the setting of a new homepage and/or default search engine, which also pays for this kind of promotion. The behavior of any browser hijacker is completely legal.
Hijackers vs. viruses – what distinguishes them from one another?
Let’s take XXX and Ransomware, as well as a random Trojan as examples.
- The Trojan horse virus is famous for its abilities to penetrate your system without your knowledge and your approval. After that, such viruses are known to keep track of your online movements, copy and keep your account credentials, drain your bank deposits that could be accessed online, spy on you or control your device remotely for whatever purpose their owners, the hackers, may have in mind.
- The Ransomware-based virus is very invasive. As soon as it makes its way into your PC, it proceeds with its awful plans – to find and encrypt all the data you consider important to some extent. How it detects such files is by performing a full scan of your drives. After that such a virus normally exploits a very complicated key to encode your files. Their decryption is a very complex, often impossible process. What’s more, you will be required to pay ransom to the hackers and still get no guarantee about the future of your data.
- XXX is completely incapable of harming your PC in such a disturbing way. It might really behave in an irritating way, however, that’s it. No encryption and destruction come as a result of its activity.
How could hijackers infect your computer?
Browser hijackers have many sources – infected websites, torrents, program bundles. Most often they come with bundles. The secret here is that the bundle itself is not contagious and it cannot infect you with a hijacker without your, at least indirect, permission. Many of the victim users are likely to be tricked into agreeing to install XXX by improperly installing any bundle. The bundles contain many apps, programs and games and you may really want to use some of them. That’s why you should make sure that you install only the ones you really need or want to use. Do that by always going with the ADVANCED installation feature in the wizard. This is how you will have the opportunity to opt out of any and all of the programs the bundle may include. This installation advice should be followed no matter whether you install one particular program or just a bundle, so that you can be safe. As for removing this hijacker, we have designed the removal guide below to help you with that. Just stick to the steps and you should be fine.
Trotux “Virus” Removal
Safe Mode and Hidden files and folders
Before you begin the removal you have to enter Safe mode on your PC. If you don’t know how to that that we’ve provided our own guide for your cnvinience.
Next Reveal Hidden File and Folders. Again, check our guide if you need any help.
Uninstalling suspicious programs
This is probably one of the most important steps so make sure you are thorough with it. Open your Start Menu and in the search field type Control Panel. Open the first search result and go to Uninstall a Program. Carefully look through the resulting list for any installs that you do not recognize and/or that seem suspicious. If you find any, select them and click on Uninstall.
Disable suspicious startup programs
Next – once again go to your Start Menu and type System Configuration in the search field. Open the first result and go to the Startup section. Again, look for any suspicious programs and if anything seems out of place or is from an unknown manufacturer, disable it and click OK.
Check your DNS
For this one, you’ll have to access your Network Connections. If you are a Windows 7 user, go to your Control Panel and in the search field (top-right) type adapter. Then, under Network Sharing Center, click on Network Connections. If you are on Win 10, simply type Network Connections in the search field next to the Start Menu button and hit Enter.
Next, right click on the icon of the adapter that you are currently using and select Properties. There is a list from which you must click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) and then select Properties. If the DNS is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure you set it that way.
After that, go to Advanced and then to the section labeled DNS. If there is anything in the DNS servers addresses field, make sure you remove and press OK.
Clean your browsers
- First, right click on your browser icon and select Properties. Go to the Shortcut section and delete anything written after .exe in the Target
- This step varies depending upon what browser you are using
- For Chrome: Open your browser and open the menu in the top-right corner. Select Settings. Then, select Extensions (top-left). Remove any questionable and suspicious-looking extensions. Also, we suggest to go back to Settings, access the Advanced Settings at the bottom of the page and us Clear browsing data to make sure nothing is left of the unwanted software.
- For Firefox: Open the browser and access its main menu (top-right corner). Go to Add-ons > Extensions and remove everything that looks shady and unwanted.
- For IE: Click on the settings icon and select Manage Add-ons. In the resulting list, eliminate anything that you think might be related to the problematic software.
Remove suspicious processes
Now, open your Task Manager (R-Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and go to the Processes tab. Look carefully through the list and find the unwanted program’s process. Right-click on it and open its directory. Delete everything in there and then go back to the process it self and end it.
That’s it! Trotux should no longer be present on your PC. If you need any more help or have questions of any kind feel free to contact us in the comment section below!