A suspicious web browser which is reported to be created on the basis of the Chromium project has been reported to roam around the web and be installed incognito on unsuspecting users. The web browser is most likely used by developers of ad-supported applications who are usually involved in pay-per-click schemes or hoax traffic generation to third party websites by demand. Piratium browser is believed to be the tool to conduct those schemes successfully. This means that the web browser may be unsafe for you because it could redirect you to third-party websites that might infect the computer with malware or scam users.
|Type||PUP, Ad-supported software.|
|Short Description||May change the homepage and new tab page of other browsers except its own and heavily displays advertisements to third-party websites.|
|Symptoms||Shows ads, redirects, slows down your computer, may add extensions and other applications.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Piratium Browser |
Malware Removal Tool
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Piratium Browser.|
Piratium Browser – How Is It Installed
To be installed on a Windows computer, Piratium web browser may use the most commonly and effectively known method – bundling. Since it does not have an official website and the web browser does not have its own website, it may use the installers of other programs to spread out into the open, for example:
Since it is currently unknown on which websites, this browser’s installer may be bundled, users are strongly advised to stay away from websites that provide software for free and if they want to download they favorite free app, to always use its official app provider.
Piratium Browser – More about It
Once installed on your computer, the web browser may be added to “Programs and Features” in Windows and may create its files in the %Program Files% or %Program Files(x86)% folders. Not only this, but this software may also heavily modify the registry entries on Windows Registry Editor to change different settings. The usually targeted entries by ad-supported software like Piratium Browser are:
→ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Shell Folders] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
Furthermore, Piratium may run more than one “Chromium.exe” type of processes on your Windows Task Manager, which sometimes may even run if Piratium is closed. This may be due to several extensions working actively even when the browser is closed. Some of those “active” extensions may collect different information from the affected computer:
- User browsing history.
- Online click history of the user.
- User’s searching history.
This information may be used against the user by displaying his intrusive advertisements of different types, based on what he is looking for online:
- Browser Redirects.
- Highlighted text leading to third-party websites, usually placed on the websites the user visits.
- Ad-supported search results caused by custom search engines set as new tabs and home-pages by Piratium Browser.
This type of aggressive advertising is called behavioral, and it aims to increase the effectiveness and likelihood of the user clicking on the add. Clicking on such ads not only may generate more money for the ones that are behind Piratium web browser, but they also might lead to dangerous websites:
- Sites that may infect your computer with malware, like GNL Locker, Locky, Google Redirect Virus and others.
- Sites that may lead you to scamming websites, such as 1-888-991-9974, Scaninfor(.)info.
Not only this but similar to other suspicious Chromium browsers like Beagle Browser, Torch Browser, Mustang Browser and Shield+ Browser, Piratium browser may situate other ad-supported applications on your computer, like the Searchvay Browser Hijacker, for example, which is created with relatively the same purpose.
Piratium Browser – Conclusion and Complete Removal
The bottom line is that the developers of this web browser may disregard any ethics and may collect your information and display any website to you, as long as it generates them profit.
This is why we strongly advise removing Piratium Browser from your computer. To perform this successfully, we have created several methods to remove the web browser from your computer. You can do this manually by following the manual removal instructions below, but malware experts strongly recommend using the automatic option and downloading a reputable anti-malware tool, because it will allow you to detect other threats as well and permanently remove all associated files.