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How to Remove Chrominio Pop-up Scam

How to Remove Chrominio Pop-up Scam guide by sensorstechforum

This article aims to help you with the removal of the aggressive Chrominio pop-up scam message from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all harmful files in full.

Chrominio is an annoying pop-up that has been reported to affect computer systems in an attempt to scam users into installing fake configuration update. The pop-up is designed to display the official logo of Chrome in order to make users more prone to click a “Configure” button. In case that you see the deceptive Chrominio pop-up scam message it is likely that you have an installed potentially unwanted and harmful app on the PC. Other side effects that may be witnessed are PC slowdowns, automatic execution of the pop-up on PC starts up, modifications of various PC and browser settings and others.

Threat Summary

Name Chrominio
Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short Description Chrominio pop ups to display fake update message without providing you an option to close it.
Symptoms Chrominio pop-up scam invade your browser and urge you to click on a presented “Configure” button. Many other advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish. Sensitive data is obtained by unknown actors.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Chrominio Pop-up – Spread Techniques

Due to the fact that many users tend to download free apps, lots of potentially unwanted programs often come bundled with them. Bad actors seem to prefer this distribution channel as it enables them to incorporate harmful code into installers of free apps and then release the bundle in popular forums, web stores, websites that offer free apps, etc. This approach grants criminals maximum effectiveness as many users fall victims to the scam and install all extras along with the primary app. Mainly this happens because in the regular installation steps users could not see any information about the presence of additional apps. This way after a click on the Finish button all potentially undesired programs incorporated into the installer gain access to the system and start to implement nasty system modifications that infect it. Happily, there is option for undesired apps to be detected and kept away from the system. More details about their presence are usually hidden in the Advanced or Custom configuration options. So make sure to select them and read carefully all what the information they present each time you decide to install free third-party app.

Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari could be affected by Chrominio pop-up.

Chrominio Pop-up – More About Its Impact

Chrominio is an annoying pop-up pushed by potentially unwanted program installed on your PC. It presents a scamming message that informs you about new Chromium version and urges you to click “Configure” button. To make you more prone to click the button Chrominio pop-up incorporates the official logo of Chrome browser.

Chromino Message Center
New Chromium version is available
Would you like to install the latest version?
[configure] button.

The invasive program creates specific values under specific registry keys to ensure its persistent presence on the system. In case that your system has been affected by Chrominio, it is mandatory to enter the Registry Editor and check for traits of malicious values. The values may be created under the sub-keys that manage all browser processes as well as under Run and RunOnce sub-keys.

Reports made by Google forums users state that a click outside of the pop-up window or on another window is not enough to close the pop-up as it still appears on top of all windows. Even if you manage to find the process started by this harmful program in the Task Manager and end it, the pop-up will disappear just for a moment after which it will start to appear again. It is also very irritating is that this nasty program is able to even block the keyboard functions and restrict your browsing activities.

Even if you manage to close the annoying pop-up it doesn’t mean that it is gone because all harmful files associated with Chrominio pop-up are still actively running on your system and it won’t take long until it appears again. To remove them you need to find their location in the system and make sure to delete all of them. Have in mind that the manual removal process may be a hard task even for experienced computer users. Additionally, you need to check the settings of all installed browsers and reset them.

Another side effect that may be caused by the PUP associated with Chrominio pop-up scam is aggressive advertising that floods your system and browser and makes them sluggish. So after infection, you may see different types of ads on your computer such as:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser redirections.
  • Banners.
  • Ad-supported search results.

The bad news is that as long as harmful files associated with Chrominio pop-up are running on your system and browser your sensitive data could be obtained by cyber criminals. This could happen with the help of several techniques. One of them is keylogger that may land on the system along with the PUP. Such a program can be set to run on the background and remain unnoticed. It could record all your keystrokes and send them to hackers.

Other tracking technologies like browser cookies, web beacons, flash cookies, pixel tags, javascript files may also enable bad actors to acquire data of yours directly from the affected browser. It is likely that such technologies enable them to obtain all of the following details:

  • Your IP address
  • Browser type and version
  • Browser history
  • Search queires
  • Time-zone
  • Installed plug-ins
  • Operating system type and version

This is terrifying as some of these details could enable hackers to exploit your browser. Nowadays we provide lots of personal data and even financial credentials while surfing the net. Once your browser is compromised some serious issues related to your privacy could emerge.

This is not the first time that the name of this browser is associated with malware infections. Back in October 2017, our team reported yet another Chromium virus that aims to display ads, collect data and run suspicious tasks in the background.

How to Remove Chrominio Pop-up Scam

In order to remove Chrominio from your PC make sure to complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove all files associated with this nasty program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as after a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool you can see the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by Chrominio and remove them from the infected PC. In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

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Gergana Ivanova

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How to Remove Chrominio from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Chrominio

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Chrominio and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Chrominio on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Chrominio there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Chrominio with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Chrominio from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Chrominio and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Chrominio:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Chrominio. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Chrominio. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Chrominio via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Chrominio. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Chrominio from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Chrominio from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Chrominio from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Chrominio from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Chrominio will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Chrominio from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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