Chromium “Virus” – How to Remove It from Your PC (October 2017)

Chromium “Virus” – How to Remove It from Your PC (October 2017)

This article aims to help you by showing you how to remove Chromium “Virus” from your computer effectively and preventing from intruding your privacy in the future.

Yet another wave of suspiciously modified variants of the Chromium project has come to live. The Chromium virus is likely associated with multiple different type of web browsers, created from the source code of Google Chrome that are essentially potentially unwanted programs. Such programs may slow down your computer system, display multiple different advertisements and run tasks In the background of your computer system. We have seen quite the share of such fake web browsers in the past and it seems that they continue to be dangerous for the computers they are installed on. If you have been affected by one of the Chromium browsers “viruses”, we strongly recommend that you read this article and learn how to remove them fully and effectively from your computer.

Threat Summary

NameChromium "Virus"
TypePUA / Ad-supported browser.
Short DescriptionBrowsers, based on Google Chrome’s open source project, called Chromium. Aim to display ads, collect data and run suspicious tasks in the background.
SymptomsYour computer starts behaving slow and the Chromium browsers begin to run automatically on system startup with a search engine, different than the default Google.com one.
Distribution MethodBundling, download from suspicious websites or other adware.
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Chromium “Virus” – How Did I Get It

There are different methods by which you could become infected with the Chromium “Virus”. One of those ways is if you directly download the fake software from it’s own website. Such situation was first seen in the Tesla Chromium browser “virus” which we detected back in 2016.

Another situation by which you could have gotten this “virus” browser on your computer is by notifications such as the Chromium notification, prompting you to install it. Although, this is less likely primarily because those notifications admit that the browser is privacy invasive:

And last but not least, Chromium “virus” browsers often become situated onto victims’ computers via other adware that has been previously installed on it or via bundling. Bundling is an aggressive marketing strategy that aims to push the “virus” Chromium browser along with the installation of a freeware program that you are trying to download on a daily basis from a third party website. Such installers are known as bundled installers and the prompt to install the Chromium “virus” browser may be concealed somewhere in the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation tabs of your setup.

Chromium Browsers “Virus” – More Information

With time, we have encountered multiple different Chromium – based browsers, that were classified as low level threats:

What is essential about all of those browsers, which were classified as low-level threats by security experts is that they are Chromium – based and have a virus-like behavior.

Most of the privacy policies of Chromium “virus” browsers often claim that the software may possibly collect information from your computer via cookies as well as other types of means. Such information may also be collected by some of those web browsers and it may also be shared with third-parties. Most of them do not specify whether or not they collect personal information from the computers the web browsers are installed on, but in most cases, this is likely the scenario.

In addition to this, those Chromium “virus” browsers also perform other activities, such as install dubious applications on your computer, which you did not really want. A good example for this is the Torch Chromium “virus” browser, which fills your desktop with such programs’ icons:

Another activities these dubious web browsers perform is to install ad-supported browser extensions on your computer system with the one and only purpose of displaying targeted advertisements, like:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser redirects.
  • Banners.
  • Highlighted text ads.

The extensions may pretend to be legitimate “helper” ones, like the following example:

In addition to this, the virus may also run very suspicious chromium.exe background processes that are often twice or three times as many as the traditional chrome.exe process ran by the legitimate Google Chrome browser:

Having a Chromium “virus” browser on your computer means only one thing – that you should immediately focus on removing it in order to stop your computer from slowing down, freezing and displaying advertisements from third-party websites that may even infect it with malware.

How to Remove Chromium “Virus” from Your Computer

In order to get rid of this dubious software, it is recommended to follow the removal instructions we have created below. They are made to show you how to clean remove this software from your computer and clean up your web browser from any suspicious browser extensions which may be left behind after uninstall.

Bear in mind, that removing the Chromium “virus” manually may not be the best option, because it may come back afterwards if you missed deleting a file and furthermore you risk damaging your PC by tampering with it’s registries and important system files. This is why, it is strongly recommended to automatically scan for and remove Chromium “virus” from your computer and detecting other unwanted software that may be associated with it to fully protect your computer.

Manually delete Chromium "Virus" from Windows and your browser

Note! Substantial notification about the Chromium "Virus" threat: Manual removal of Chromium "Virus" requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

1.Remove or Uninstall Chromium "Virus" in Windows
2.Remove Chromium "Virus" from Your Browser
3.Fix registry entries created by Chromium "Virus" on your PC

Automatically remove Chromium "Virus" by downloading an advanced anti-malware program

1. Remove Chromium "Virus" with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Chromium "Virus" in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

Vencislav Krustev

A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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