Chromium Ads "Virus" - How To Remove It (Instructions for Mac)
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Chromium Ads “Virus” – How To Remove It (Instructions for Mac)

This article has been created in order to help explain what is Chromium browser and how you can remove it’s corrupted versions that are packed with adware from your Mac.

A lot of users like to use Safari on Mac and if they don’t use it, Google Chrome is their second best choice. However, not many users are keen about Google Chorme’s privacy policy and data tracking. This has driven the community to create a browser, based on Google Chrome, but completely tracking free – an open source project, called Chromium. And while the Chromium browser is not sending any information to Google, it may be starting to create various different types of opportunities for cyber-criminals to hack it. This is why such browser often fall victims to malware developers and they use them to create adware programs on the computers of victims and advertise their browsers as new and useful ones. If your Mac has a modified Chromium “Virus” browser installed in it, we strongly suggest that you read this article as it aims to show you how you can remove them from your Mac effectively.

Threat Summary

NameChromium Mac "Virus"
TypeAdware-infested Chromium browser for Mac OS.
Short DescriptionAims to affect victims’ computers with multiple ads and redirects and collect data.
SymptomsVictims may start seeing performance slow-downs of their Mac an a lot of advertisements to begin appearing.
Distribution Method
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Chromium “Virus” Browser – Update May 2019

Another wave of Chromium project browsers which are suspiciously modified variants are spreading more than ever in May, 2019. Known as the “Chromium virus” the modified variant is likely associated with multiple different type of web browsers, created with the help of the source code for Google Chrome. Such browsers are regarded as potentially unwanted programs and can push lots of advertisements. Be careful with the browsers you are using, as some of them might tamper with your computer in an unwanted way.

Chromium “Virus” Browser – How Did I Get It

The primary way of having this browser to be installed on your computer is to have downloaded it from websites that advertise it as a useful new browser that may be able to stop ads or help you be more secure. However, this is not the case with the most third-party Chromium browsers as it is exactly the opposite.

Another way of getting affected by the Chromium browser is if you have tried to install a free third-party program whose setup may be affected by this virus in the so-called bundling of setups. These types of setups may include the Chromium “Virus” browser in question to be added as a “free extra” and it’s prompt to cancel adding it may be well-concealed in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes of the app you are trying to add.

Chromium Virus for Mac – More Information

Once Chromium has been added to your Mac, it may act in similarity to all the other Chromium-based browsers out there:

What unifies those suspicious browsers is that they are often regarded as unsafe and even a prompt might appear when you turn them on that admits that you are about to use an unsafe browser:

Not only this, but the Chromium “Virus” browsers are often classified as a low-level type of threats, like adware and browser hijackers, that aim to use different tracking technologies during your browsing activity. These tracking technologies may include the usage of cookies, pixels, tags ad other technologies with the main goal of getting information from users, like:

  • Search queries.
  • Online clicks.
  • Online browsing history.
  • What data they type on the sites they visit, etc.

These details may be used by the Chromium browsers to display tons of advertisements that may slow down your Mac:

  • Redirects.
  • Pop-ups.
  • Banners.
  • Online highlighted texts.

But this is not all, because the Chromium “Virus” browsers may also run extensions that add themselves on your legitimate web browsers as well, like the one below which we detected to be added as a result of such browser being installed on a Mac:

Usually these “virus” Chromium browsers may not be directly dangerous for your computer, but they may slow it down significantly and the ads they display coud definitely lead you to some places that you do not want to visit, like:

  • Scamming sites.
  • Phishing sites.
  • Malicious URLs.
  • Fake Tech support sites.
  • Sites that add more adware.
  • Crypto miner websites that use your PC to mine for BitCoin or Monero.

This is the main reason why you shoould immmediately consider removing such a Chromium “virus” browser from your computer, since the longer it remains on your Mac, the greater the risk for your information.

Remove Chromium Browser “virus” from Your Mac

If you want to fully eliminate this devious software from your Mac, we would suggest that you folllow the removal instructions down below. They have been divided in manual and automatic approaches, so that if the manual removal is not able to help you out, you can turn to a more automated approach. One such approach according to security experts is to remove Chromium “virus” browser from your Mac automatically by scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware software. Such program aims to fully eliminate all traces, extensions and virus files of this invasive software and make sure that your Mac remains protected in the future as well.

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Get rid of Chromium Mac "Virus" from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Chromium Mac "Virus" and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 Chromium Mac "Virus":

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 Chromium Mac "Virus". 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 Chromium Mac "Virus". 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 Chromium Mac "Virus" 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 Chromium Mac "Virus". 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 Chromium Mac "Virus" files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Chromium Mac "Virus", 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 Chromium Mac "Virus" 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 Chromium Mac "Virus" 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 Chromium Mac "Virus" 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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Delete Chromium Mac "Virus" 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 Chromium Mac "Virus" 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 Chromium Mac "Virus" 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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