This Chromium malware removal instruction will help you uninstall & remove Chromium virus & rogue Chromium-based browsers from your Windows computer. You will not only learn about it, but also bring back the browsing experience back to normal. You may need admin permission for some of the methods in the post.
What Is Chromium?
Chromium is a legitimate open-source browser project aka Chromium project to build safer, faster, and more stable way so users can experience smooth browsing experience. It forms the basis for the Google Chrome browser. However, since the name Chromium and Chrome sound so similar, malware writers are using this name and using Chromium to push malicious code onto Windows computers.
What Is the Chromium Virus? What does it do?
Whether you use the Google Chrome browser or not, this virus can get into your computer. Several Chromium-based browsers of doubtful nature can sneak into your system and compromise it. They could track you, collect information, steal sensitive data, display advertisements and popups, engage in Identity Theft, or cause browser redirects.
BeagleBrowser, BrowserAir, BoBrowser, Chedot, eFast, Fusion, MyBrowser, Olcinium, Palikan, Qword, Tortuga, Torch are some of the suspicious Chromium browsers that engage in such tactics. Intresting to note that all these viruses are made using the same Chromium software and may look like a legitimate browser.
Once the user installs it, it can redirect users to fake search results, similar looking bank pages, and even websites where one would use the Credit Card details. Everything is captured, and saved to a server which is then utlilized for fraud.
How Does Chromium Browser Infect the Computer?
The common entry methods for Chromium virus are freeware downloads as bundleware and spam e-mails. Since these PUPs sneak into your computer, it is important that you be alert using the installation of any software and ensure that it or other third-party offers are not hidden under the Advanced or Custom Install option. It also at times installed through a malicious extension.
Once installed, it will take over all file associations, hijack URL associations, and set itself as the default browser. It will also change your browser homepage and default search engine. The worst part is that they look similar to Chrome, and may even use the Chrome logo. If you are not very careful, it will be easy to target.
Signs the Chromium Virus Is on Your Computer
- Check if the default search engine of the browser has changed without your consent.
- The search provider changes everytime you open a new tab or click on search bar in the browser.
- Search results are not as relevent as before.
- Number of advertisements and pop-up seems unnatural.
- Offer Premium version for free.
They are also called as browser hijackers which come in form of open-source web browser.
How to Remove Chromium Virus from Windows 10
If you find that you are infected with the Chromium malware, I suggest you do the following:
Kill Suspicious Programs
Close all your browsers and open the Task Manager. You will see a Chromium process running. It has a logo similar to the Chrome browser logo but could blue in color. Kill all the chrome.exe or chromium.exe processes that you see.
Uninstall Malcious Programs
Next open Control Panel > Programs and features to see list of programs. Check if you see a blue color Chromium icon or any other suspicious programs. If you do, uninstall the program.
Look for known malicious programs such as Power+, APP+, Smash APP+, PDFPoof, BatBitRst, MessengerNow, SearchAd, MyPrintableCoupons, Reading Cursors, ProMediaConverter, PDFOnline-express, See Scenic Elf, Clickware, Easy Speedtest, or WebDiscover.
Remove Chromoum user data and settings
As a matter of abundant precaution, you could also open C:\Users\username\AppData\Local hidden folder and delete the Chromium folder. If you are using the Google Chrome browser, this folder will re-populate itself automatically with the genuine data.
Next, open your installed browsers and go through all the installed browser add-ons and extensions. If you find anything suspicious or malicious files or of doubtful nature, uninstall or remove it.
Once all is done, go ahead and set your desired web page as the browser home page and in your Browser Settings change the preferred search engine as the default search on your browser.
Having done this, you may want to run CCleaner to clear up residual PC junk files and registry entries.
Check for Unknow Chrome Extensions
While most of the Chromium Browsers mimic themselves as browsers, some are know to play by rules, and instead come in form of extensions. When trying to uninstall the virus, it is equally important that you check on any unwanted extension or malicious extension which might be taking over your experience.
These extensions might have been a result of accidental install or cam via a bundled software or you may have installed it from the Chrome Store.
- Open Chrome and then click on the address bar
- Type—chrome://extensions/ and press the Enter keyt
- In the Extensions list, locate if there is one which you have not installed it.
- Remove it and restart the browser.
The same applies for others browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox. Follow the steps to remove them exetnsion. Once done, you can then choose to reset the browser to its default settings.
Chromium Virus is a known curlpiut which have been taking over browser settings, stealing user data, changing the default search engine and so on. While these steps make sure you remove the virus from your computer, it is important that you need to more vigilant about the browsing experience. Installing anything from the internet should be avoided unless you are sure about the program. I hope the post was educational enough and has helped you to uninstall or removethe Chromium virus from Windows 10.
All the best!