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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.

NameCrxbro Browser
TypePhishing virus
Short DescriptionThe virus aims to steal login credentials for Google accounts.
SymptomsThe user may witness Chrome Browser closing and reopening with a login screen cause by a process, called “crxbro.exe”
Distribution MethodVia PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it as something else.
Detection ToolDownload 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:

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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:

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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.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Crxbro Browser in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes 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:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Crxbro Browser.

    Step 2: Remove Crxbro Browser from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Crxbro Browser and click “Remove

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    After Crxbro Browser is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Crxbro Browser and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Crxbro Browser is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Crxbro Browser to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Crxbro Browser has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Crxbro Browser
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Crxbro Browser. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Crxbro Browser will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Crxbro Browser automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Crxbro Browser with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove Crxbro Browser with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Crxbro Browser.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Crxbro Browser.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Crxbro Browser files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Remove Crxbro Browser with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

    2. Remove Crxbro Browser with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Crxbro Browser. 2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all Crxbro Browser associated files automatically.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.
    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to detelete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    3. Remove Crxbro Browser with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    4. Remove Crxbro Browser with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    1. Install STOPZilla Anti Malware to scan for and remove Crxbro Browser. 2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Crxbro Browser associated files completely.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Crxbro Browser in the future

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Crxbro Browser (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Crxbro Browser.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Crxbro Browser.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Crxbro Browser is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Crxbro Browser should be restored.

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