Chromium "Virus" - How to Remove It (Instructions for Windows)
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Chromium “Virus” – How to Remove It (Instructions for Windows)

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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 Ads virus also known as simply Chromium Virus is likely associated with different types 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 system. We have seen quite a lot 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 Ads "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” – Update June 2019

Yet another wave of Chromium project browsers which are suspiciously modified variants are spreading at a large scale, this time attacking Mac users. Better known as the “Chromium virus”, these modified variants are undoubtedly multiple different types of web browsers, created with the help of the source code of Google Chrome. These browsers are considered as potentially unwanted programs and may push a lot of advertisements. Be wary with the browsers you are using, as some of them might fiddle with your computer in undesired ways.

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 Ads Virus browser may be concealed somewhere in the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation tabs of your setup.

Chromium Ads 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 behaviour.

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.

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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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