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 malware |
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|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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Piratium Browser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Piratium Browser from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Piratium Browser from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Piratium Browser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Piratium Browser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Piratium Browser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Piratium Browser from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Piratium Browser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Piratium Browser
Step 2: Uninstall Piratium Browser 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 Piratium Browser 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 Piratium Browser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Piratium Browser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Piratium Browser 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:
- 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 Piratium Browser 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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.
Remove Piratium Browser 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 Piratium Browser 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 Piratium Browser 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 Piratium Browser 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 Piratium Browser will be removed.
Eliminate Piratium Browser 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.