|Launched||February 2014, or earlier|
|Developer||Conduit / ClientConnect Ltd.|
|Country of Origin||Israel|
|2014 - [...]||Conduit / ClientConnect Ltd.|
|Search Interface / Search API|
|Older Version||Internet Archive / WebCite|
|Conduit and Trovi are search engines owned by ClientConnect Ltd., an Israel based company. Both are search interfaces, using Mircosofts search engine Bing.
Both, Conduit and Trovi offer a web, image and video search. The results are Bing sites, there is no own result page. The news search is only a link to Bing News Search.
If you search for Information about them you only find “How to remove them…”. See for example here:
|»If your default search engine was changed and your browser keeps redirecting you to http://trovigo.com that means your browser was hijacked with Trovi Search. 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. The Trovi Search is a Browser Helper Object that injects itself into users' Internet browsers. The Trovi.com website was created by Conduit Ltd but due to restrictions, as of January 1, 2014, it is operated by ClientConnect Ltd. Often, this kind of application is distributed using a misleading software marketing method called 'bundling'. This means that you may download them in a bundle with other freeware. That's why it’s classified as potentially unwanted program. Applications created by this company can be especially annoying since they also install in a bundle a program called Search Protect. This program created to block every attempt to change Internet browser homepage and default search engine settings. To avoid installation of such browser hijackers, you should be very attentive when downloading freeware and always choose custom installation. Once Trovi Search gets inside your browser it starts to display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results. It may also install plug-ins, extensions and toolbars in the browser so as to record your search history as well as cookie. Your search keywords may be collected so as to put advertisements into your computer according to your preferences. Using this potentially unwanted program on your Internet browsers can lead to privacy issues and identity theft. Even though Trovi.com redirected visitors to Bing.com research and pretends to be trustworthy it was created for advertising and monetization purposes. Thus, inattentive freeware downloading and installation can result in adware infections.« Source|
Features & Functionality
|After sending a search query the result page of Bing is shown for the query - the News search is only a link to Bing News [kd2016].|
References & further Publications
|Wikipedia (EN): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browser_hijacking|
|Wikipedia (Others): n.a.|