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.
|Name||Chromium Mac "Virus"|
|Type||Adware-infested Chromium browser for Mac OS.|
|Short Description||Aims to affect victims’ computers with multiple ads and redirects and collect data.|
|Symptoms||Victims may start seeing performance slow-downs of their Mac an a lot of advertisements to begin appearing.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Chromium Mac "Virus".|
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:
- Chromatic Browser
- Unico Browser
- Mini Browser
- Torch Browser
- Mustang Browser
- Tesla Browser
- Beagle Browser
- Mustang Browser
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:
- 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.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall Chromium Mac "Virus" and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove Chromium Mac "Virus" – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: 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. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.