How to Remove (Uninstall) Trotux “Malware” from Chrome/Firefox

This article is here to help you remove the Trotux “Malware”. This Trotux removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every Windows version.

Trotux belongs to the category of browser hijackers that are developed to spam PC users with plenty of pop up advertisements. Despite being presented as very useful, these ads appear to be rather overwhelming and disturbing for computer users. Besides, the numerous pop-ups are extremely intrusive and posses the whole system at risk of malware infections.

Usually, users threaten their virtual security simply by browsing the web. Visiting some infected websites containing tempting hyperlinks usually leads to browser hijacker-based programs.

PC users can also catch malware programs like Trotux by downloading torrents or by opening emails from their spam folder. Being distributed via spam email attachments, Trotux usually infects the victims’ computers without their knowledge.

Trotux "Virus"
Trotux “Virus”

Most often, Trotux gets spread within software bundles. This is a set of bundled programs which is distributed for free and might be very tempting for PC users. Often, the developers of such free programs include browser hijacker in the shareware bundles. By doing this, the hackers are able to earn some additional income for their businesses. Once a PC user downloads and installs such a program from the bundle, Trotux infects the whole system.

Nevertheless, users should keep in mind that Trotux cannot incorporate itself into the system. It’s users themselves who install new software in an improper way. One cannot catch a browser hijacker, if he doesn’t allow it to enter the system by selecting the Easy/Automatic/Default/Quick feature of the given installation wizard.

Apart from the intrusive pop-up ads provided by the hijacker, Trotux may be programmed to collect your sensitive data and search requests. Later on, this data could be sold to third parties, who may use it for their malicious purposes. Besides, there could be some particular adverts that are capable of redirecting you to potentially dangerous websites, containing even more dangerous content. Additionally, pop-up ads can make your browsing sessions much slower and vulnerable.

Similarly to many other browser hijacker-based programs, Trotux works with the pay per click strategy in order to ensure that its developers make enough money out of the ads it generates. Besides, Trotux is not malware and can be removed either manually or automatically.

For their safety, PC users are strongly advised they should never download anything from unreliable sources. Also, when installing newly downloaded programs, users should always select the Advanced/Custom feature of the wizard for better malware protection. And last, but most important, is that users should have their anti-malware tool enabled at all times in order to prevent the possibly dangerous websites from loading anything on the system.

Trotux Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to remove the Trotux “Virus” from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Trotux from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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