Fake Google Chrome Virus

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Fake Google Chrome Virus

Fake Google Chrome Virus is a Trojan horse infection that is unpredictable in terms of its malicious abilities. Users who detect Fake Google Chrome Virus on their system may face issues like file corruption, software destruction, theft of personal information and more.

Trojan malware like the Fake Google Chrome Virus covertly enters the computer utilizing diverse methods of infection.
The Fake Google Chrome Virus

The Fake Google Chrome Virus is one of the aliases used to describe the Poweliks and Monero miner Trojan horse. It infiltrates the system without the user’s detection and disguises itself as a process associated with the Google Chrome browser. If you have noticed a decline in your PC’s performance and detect the presence of dllhost.exe or cmmon32.exe processes in your Task Manager, it signifies that you are confronted with a dangerous menace. There is no question that you should eradicate the Fake Google Chrome Virus from your computer at the earliest opportunity.

If you have recently been faced with unusual system errors, or your computer works significantly slower and does not respond to your commands, chances are that you may have been infected with Fake Google Chrome Virus . This Trojan horse infection is one of the latest online threats and if your existing anti-virus software cannot remove it properly or you have issues detecting it, the information in this article can help you. There is a detailed removal guide below which contains detailed instructions and professional security software designed to assist you in deleting the Trojan from your system.


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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Fake Google Chrome Virus!

How to remove Fake Google Chrome Virus

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Fake Google Chrome Virus in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Fake Google Chrome Virus from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

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What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Fake Google Chrome Virus.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Fake Google Chrome Virus.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Fake Google Chrome Virus from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Fake Google Chrome Virus extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to the malware and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Fake Google Chrome Virus on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Fake Google Chrome Virus extension
  4. Get rid of Fake Google Chrome Virus by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by the malicious program or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Fake Google Chrome Virus

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Fake Google Chrome Virus process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Fake Google Chrome Virus
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a malicious process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Fake Google Chrome Virus

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Fake Google Chrome Virus in there
    4. Uninstall Fake Google Chrome Virus from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Fake Google Chrome Virus-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Fake Google Chrome Virus in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What is Fake Google Chrome Virus?

    Usually, a Trojan virus such as Fake Google Chrome Virus sneaks into the computer with the help of various infection tactics and tries to hide deep inside the OS so that it can perform its criminal activities without interruption. Carriers of the Fake Google Chrome Virus malware could be seemingly harmless online messages, pop-up notifications, fake advertisements, misleading links, and malicious email messages and attachments.
    The primary indicators of the infection include the appearance of multiple Chrome.exe processes in the Task Manager and during system startup, as well as abnormally high CPU usage.
    One of the first things the Trojan may do once inside the computer is to try to disable the system’s existing antivirus software, block the Firewall and detect vulnerabilities and outdated software that can be exploited. The longer it remains hidden in the computer, the worse the effects of the Trojan’s malicious activities. The criminals can use such an infection to secretly steal information from their victims, copy and send files and other sensitive information to remote servers, monitor the users’ keystrokes, spy on them via their web camera and microphone and many other criminal tasks. Unfortunately, most Trojans typically perform their malicious deeds without showing visible symptoms that’s why the victims normally see no indications of the presence of the infection until some actual damage occurs. That’s why using a professional security tool is one of the best ways to protect your computer from the harmful activities of the Trojan and remove the infection on time.

    Is Fake Google Chrome Virus dangerous?

    For the time it remains on the system, however, this malware can help its criminal developers to manipulate and screw up your computer as they like. The hackers can establish remote control over the infected device, restart it when they like, modify its settings and interrupt its work at certain intervals. But this is the least bothering thing that can happen. The offenders can use Fake Google Chrome Virus to decrease the efficiency of the machine and use its resources to perform malicious background processes such as virus and spam distribution, cryptocurrency mining and more. A Trojan can also be responsible for data modification and deletion, password and login credentials theft and the distribution of Ransomware, Spyware infections, and other dangerous viruses. Thus, if you believe that your device has been infected by malware like Fake Google Chrome Virus or PoSetup you need to immediately scan your computer with a reliable security tool and remove anything that is labeled as a threat.
    There are different deletion methods for that but we don’t advise you to play with your manual removal skills when dealing with Trojans, because some critical system files may be mistakenly removed if you don’t know what you are doing. That’s why we recommend that you use the instructions in the removal guide below or the assistance of the professional scanner that is attached to it.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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