What is Chromium Virus?
The 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, while pretending to be legitimate and helpful apps.
If you have been affected by this browser malware, we strongly recommend that you read this article and learn how to remove them fully and effectively from your computer.
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 a fake software from it’s own website.
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.
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 Virus – What Does It Do?
Chromium virus may perform activities, such as install dubious applications on your computer, which you did not really want. A good example for this is the Torch Browser or Chromium Shield “virus” which fills your desktop with such programs’ icons.
Chromium browser may also install ad-supported browser extensions on other browsers in your computer system with the one and only purpose of displaying targeted advertisements, like:
- Browser redirects.
- Highlighted text ads.
Some of the pop-ups may pretend to be fake updates, but may result in slithering even more adware on your computer:
The extensions pushed by Chromium on your other browsers may pretend to be legitimate “helpers”, 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:
Is Chromium a Virus?
Chromium is NOT a virus, but there are versions of it, making it just as dangerous as any other malware. Since it is a fake version of the open-source Crhome project, it may consist of multiple different types of web browsers, created with the help of the source code of Google Chrome, for example the Chromatic and Beagle ones. These fake browsers may run malicious processes as researchers have already deported on VirusTotal:
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 and even install malware.
What to Do If I See Chromium Virus?
If you see Chromium virus browser on your computer, it 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.
Can I Get Chromium Virus on Mac
Yes, you can get Chromium as well. Chromium virus has also been detected on Mac devices. It may run processes in Activity Monitor in a similar way it may do so in Windows.
How to Remove Chromium Virus?
In order to get rid of this dubious software, it is recommended to follow the removal guide, created below. It is made to show you how to cleanly uninstall this software from your computer and clean up your web browser from any suspicious browser extensions which may be left behind after uninstall.
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.
Chromium – Details
|Type||PUP / Ad-supported Browser / Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||Browsers, based on Google Chrome’s open source project, called Chromium. Aim to display ads, collect data and run suspicious tasks in the background.|
|Symptoms||Your 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 Method||Bundling, download from suspicious websites or other adware.|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Chromium.|
Chromium Virus Video Removal Steps
Follow the steps in the video below to easily remove Chromium from your browsers and computer:
- Guide 1: How to Remove Chromium from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Chromium on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Chromium in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Chromium from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Chromium from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Chromium from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Chromium from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Chromium Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Chromium from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Chromium
Step 2: Uninstall Chromium 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Chromium on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Chromium there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.
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.
Step 4: Scan for Chromium with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Video Removal Guide for Chromium (Windows).
Get rid of Chromium from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Chromium 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:
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. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.
- 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 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: Scan for and remove Chromium files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Chromium, 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.
Video Removal Guide for Chromium (Mac)
Remove Chromium 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.
Erase Chromium 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.
Uninstall Chromium 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.
Remove Chromium 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Chromium will be removed.
Eliminate Chromium 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Chromium from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings.
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".
What Is Chromium?
The Chromium threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down significantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What Are the Symptoms of Chromium?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and have poor performance in general.
Symptom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts recommend that you check your computer for viruses.
What Types of Unwanted Programs Are There?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Browser hijackers.
- Fake optimizers.
What to Do If I Have a "virus" like Chromium?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted programs by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One recommended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the recommended anti-malware apps that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.
How to Secure My Passwords and Other Data from Chromium?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your email passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activities with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these recommendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.
How Does Chromium Work?
The Chromium threat is typically installed as part of another application that you may have downloaded from the internet. Unwanted apps are often disguised as helpful programs, such as browser add-ons or toolbars, but they can also be included in software downloads without your knowledge.
Threats such as Chromium can also be installed through malicious websites, email attachments, and other dubious sources. Once installed, Chromium can collect data about your web browsing habits, such as the websites you visit and the search terms you use. This data is then used to target you with ads or to sell your information to third parties. Chromium can also download other malicious software onto your computer, such as viruses and spyware, which can be used to steal your personal information.
Is Chromium Malware?
If you have noticed Chromium on your computer, you may be wondering if it is considered malware. The answer is yes, it is possible for an unwanted program to be classified as malware.
Many security experts classify potentially unwanted programs as malware. This is because of the unwanted effects that PUPs can cause, such as displaying intrusive ads and collecting user data without the user’s knowledge or consent. The best way to protect your computer from PUPs is to be careful when downloading software from the internet. Be sure to read the terms of service and privacy policies before downloading any software, and be wary of any suspicious download links or ads.
About the Chromium Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Chromium how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.
How did we conduct the research on Chromium?
Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the Chromium threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
1.Browser Redirect – What Is It?
2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates