A new computer virus has gained popularity online. It is known as Chrome Impersonator Virus and it aims to duplicate the Google Chrome browser. The virus is reported to be extremely effective mainly because of two reasons – Google Chrome has become the most widely used web browser, and it takes a trained eye to spot it. The impersonator aims for the login details of the Google accounts of users. Everyone who has seen Crxbro.exe process in their Task Manager should immediately use the instructions provided below and eliminate the virus. It is strongly recommended to change all of the passwords that have been used in the infected computer as well.
|Short Description||The virus aims to steal login credentials for Google accounts.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness Chrome Browser closing and reopening with a login screen cause by a process, called “crxbro.exe”|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it as something else.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Crxbro Browser|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Crxbro Browser.|
Crxbro.exe Virus – How Did I Get It
The web browser is believed to be automatically installed along with a suspicious program, called WinZipper that is reported to show up in the %Program Files(x86)% directory. It is also seen to locate an uninstaller in Windows Programs and Features:
Source: Google Chrome Help Forum
This software may have come in the user PC in several different ways:
- Via bundled installers of free programs that are downloaded from third-party sites.
- Through downloading installers from torrent sites.
- If someone else installed it on the victim PC.
Crxbro.exe Virus – What Does It Do
As soon as the virus is installed, it creates the same files as Google Chrome in the following order:
The web browser then may automatically close your original Chrome executable and reopen its own which looks exactly the same with the Login screen on it. Users report seeing google profile login web page along with a suspicious message that claims something similar to the following:
→“It was impossible to synchronize your account, so you have to log in again.”
This may be done via a process known as “crxbro.exe” that is reported to run actively at the same time in the Windows Task Manager. Affected users on Reddit forums have reported that when they try to delete the folder, the program may replace the Chrome icon in Windows’s taskbar with a custom icon.
Researchers believe that the Crxbro browser and Win Zipper are created to conduct phishing attacks and obtain different credentials such as login details for Google Accounts.
Remove Crxbro and WinZipper Completely
Since the applications may have running processes on the Windows devices they are installed, it is recommended to try and check Windows Task Manager for new processes. To do this press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and then click on “Task Manager”. Then go to the Details tab to see the processes in detail and stop any suspicious processes, like “crxbro.exe”.
After this is done, you may want to follow the step-by-step removal instructions below to successfully get rid of these and other malicious threats that may be aiming for your information and money. For best results it is recommended to use an advanced anti-malware software since it will make sure that all related registry entries and modules of this virus are removed and restrict it from affecting your computer in the future.
PS: We advise affected users to change immediately their passwords after removing Crxbro Browser.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Crxbro Browser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Crxbro Browser from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Crxbro Browser from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Crxbro Browser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Crxbro Browser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Delete Crxbro Browser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Crxbro Browser from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Crxbro Browser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Crxbro Browser
Step 2: Uninstall Crxbro 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 Crxbro 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 Crxbro Browser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Crxbro Browser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Crxbro 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 Crxbro 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 Crxbro Browser files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Crxbro Browser, 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 Crxbro 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 Crxbro 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 Crxbro 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.
Delete Crxbro 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 Crxbro Browser will be removed.
Eliminate Crxbro 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.