Chromium "Virus" - How to Remove It (Instructions for Windows)
THREAT REMOVAL

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

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

Chromium “Virus”

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.
Detection Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by Chromium Ads "Virus"

Download

Malware Removal Tool

User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Chromium Ads "Virus".

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 2015.

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.

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.

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.

Avatar

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.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
Twitter


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove Chromium Ads "Virus" from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Chromium Ads "Virus"

OFFER

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Chromium Ads "Virus" and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Chromium Ads "Virus" on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Chromium Ads "Virus" there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Chromium Ads "Virus" with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

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


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

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Ads "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 Ads "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 Ads "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 Ads "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 Ads "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 Ads "Virus" files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Chromium Ads "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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Chromium Ads "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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase Chromium Ads "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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Chromium Ads "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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Delete Chromium Ads "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 Ads "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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Chromium Ads "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.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.