For the average computer user like myself and my wife, there is probably nothing more annoying and disruptive than having a browser hijacked by a piece of rubbish called Trovi.  I have no hesitation naming names because of the maliciousness of this company and the sheer nerve they've displayed towards those of us who don't appreciate what they're doing.  This "little" browser hijacker came up about a month ago on my wife's computer.  The effect was Mozilla's Firefox opens with the web site whose name starts with a T, which is followed by an R, and then an O, followed by a V, and ends with an I - even if the Home Page in Firefox Options is anything but [name redacted].  Not cool.  Not cool at all.

 

When you type [name redacted] in Startpage, you'll find out that this is known as a 'Browser Helper[???] Object'.  Lavasost here says, "It is able to become the startup page of your web browser via modifying browser settings. No matter which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera), you can see the browser is occupied by it completely."  They also name the company responsible.   

 

But who cares.  We just want to know how to get rid of it.  Well, even if evil is as evil does, there are thankfully those who practice the exact opposite in the computer world. 

 

Thank God for the good geeks!  And there are even those who go the extra mile to help out a fellow internet user in pain.  And it's good to know that for every [name redacted] that threatens the general workflow of the computer world, there is another who hasn't joined the dark side.  Stelian Pilici is one of those good guys who saved the day for my wife and me when we followed the steps he gives here.  Another, slightly more in depth, description of steps to get rid of [name redacted] is also here.  However, the Stelian's description did the trick right off the bat for us.

 

I would add that the key for us was the recommended program in step 3, AdwCleaner.  That's because we had already tried Malwarebytes on our own before finding Stelian's solution and the offending rubbish was not removed.  So if you do nothing else, try downloading AdwCleaner and running this piece of software which can be found here.