How to remove Chromium malware from Windows 10

These Chromium malware removal instruction will help you uninstall & remove Chromium virus & rogue Chromium based browsers from your Windows computer.

Actually, Chromium is a legitimate open-source browser project that forms the basis for Google Chrome browser, but malware writers are using this name and using Chromium to push malicious code on to Windows computers.

Whether you use the Google Chrome browser or not, this virus can get into your computer. There are several Chromium-based browsers of doubtful nature that 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-based browsers that engage in such tactics.

Remove Chromium malware

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.

Once in, it will take over all file associations, hijack URL associations, and also set itself as the default browser and change your browser homepage and default search engine as well.

Remove Chromium malware

If you find that you are infected with the Chromium malware, I suggest you do the following:

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 process that you see.

Next open Control Panel > Programs and features and check if you see a Chromium or any other suspicious entry. If you do, uninstall the program.

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.

Remove Chromium malware

Next, open your installed browsers and go through all the installed browser add-ons and extension. If you find anything suspicious or of doubtful nature, uninstall or remove it.

I also recommend that you run a full scan of your antivirus software along with AdwCleaner, as this tool is good for uninstalling Browser Hijackers & Potentially Unwanted Programs.

Once all is done, go ahead and set your desired web page as the browser home page and your 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.

All the best!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Felippe HD de Castro

    Thanks Anand. ClipGrab comes with this Chromium malware, It can be unchecked at the installation.

  2. psymantis

    Thanks. I’m careful and make sure I go into advanced installation options etc but somehow one of them manged to slip this by me this time.

  3. origonalname112

    I can’t run open the task manager or uninstall anything. If I click on the task manager, it does nothing. If I try to uninstall it, it says that an error occurred. If I try to remove it from the apps and features page, it says “the device is not ready”.

  4. Justin Lam

    I deleted the program and everything but it still pops up every time I boot up the computer

  5. cvhovey

    Thank you for this post. Even after I’d followed similar instructions from another site, removing items as you suggested above, twice Chromium shortcut has re-appeared on desktop. First time as just a shortcut with dead link. Second time found the folder in AppDataLocal had been restored. Neither WindowsDefender nor BitDefender detect any problem. So I’ve downloaded AdwCleaner and CCleaner to try to track down whatever residual file(s) remain.

  6. butcher99

    unchecked it and still got it.


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