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.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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