What is Chromium Browser? (Virus Removal) (Oct. 2017 Update)

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This page will educate you on how to recognize and remove the Chromium Browser Virus. All pop-up ads appearing on your browser or the allowing of access of random websites are signals sent to you by your system that it has been infected with a virus. The removal information provided works for all browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as for all iterations of Windows, both Mac and OS X.

  • Attention! Please Read This! The Chromium browser is actually the “alpha” version of modern Chrome. It was designed to be open source, meaning you can tweak it in all sorts of ways. In your case it was installed on your PC an injected with malicious code. Chromium itself is a completely legitimate program. The one on your PC is not.

If you are here, then most likely the strange behavior of your PC encouraged you to seek help and try to figure out what exactly is the thing that infected it. In this article we will explain to you the general symptoms and recovery options for Chromium Browser Virus. At first glance this might not seem exactly efficient and relevant to your situation personally, but in fact – it is.

There is no such thing as non-harmful virus because they all could potentially damage your system and/or access your most special files and data that you keep on the PC. It is very important that you learn how to remove Chromium Browser Virus and do it as soon as you realize that something is not working right. So remember that even Chromium Browser Virus is dangerous.

It is OK to find online ads on basically all websites you visit. It is also acceptable to find such, and some, in your regular inbox mail or spam folder. Commercials are everywhere and we can’t manage to follow all of them all of the time, but some need to be removed.

Hackers use them to fulfill their malicious purposes by spreading Chromium Browser Virus. It is easy to mix a real legit and good ad with a false one.  One thing you should keep an eye for is random hyperlinks or even flashing ads that may seem entertaining at fist with all the sounds and colorful images, but if you click on even one of them  it will take you to an infected website, and this is what the ‘bad people’ want you to do. Another one is phishing e-mails. These are emails that seem to be sent from legit senders and organizations, but when you open them there is either a flashing text or simply nothing. Phishing e-mails could be quite trickily so be careful with what you open or not. Best if you delete the e-mail before you even open it. The removal guide is simple to use and it is encouraged that you apply the steps ASAP so that you can uninstall the virus, and rest in piece hat your files and personal information is safe.

It is useful to be well acquainted with the PC you are using, the files you store and where you store them at, and stay alert at all times for suspicious activity.What hackers use Chromium Browser Virus for is to steal exactly the following things: your passwords, credit cards information, important dates and/or events of your life, etc.

Here is some general information about the internet browsers we are all familiar with.

Firefox comes short on some of the most popular applications and extensions. Internet Explorer is “outdated” so to speak because it is rarely used anymore. Chrome is the one that’s most attractive to viruses because it is the most used browser and because of its settings.

More helpful info and review on how to recognize Chromium Browser Virus:

  • If you notice that you come upon websites you never typed the URL for or searched for;
  • If you notice random adds showing on your screen in the form of banners, boxes, flashing images in the middle of your screen or in the corners;
  • If you notice emails in your inbox that are from known, but at the same time unknown senders — pretty high raised red flag

THEN, it is most likely a virus that is trying to infect your PC. Always verify the security and make it a habit to do that first before you even begin work on your computer and use the removal guide as your best friend against viruses.

All files that you download on your computer should be verified and scanned first. Never download anything that’s suspicious or that you are not sure of.


Name Chromium Browser ( a Virus injected the Chromium browser)
Type  Browser Hijacker/ PUP (takes the place of your browsers)
Danger Level Medium or High
Symptoms Pop-up ads, random opening of web pages, Chromium  taking the place of your browsers
Distribution Method Spam e-mails, infected files, non-verified downloads
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.


What is Chromium Browser? (Virus Removal)


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

>> Click to Download Spyhunter. If you don't want this software, continue with the guide below.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Chromium Browser from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Chromium Browser from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Chromium Browser from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Sun,
    these are fine. Contact us if you need any help.

  • Luis Borton

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    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

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  • Hereisyaboy

    Hey i installed CCleaner and for some reason after my CCleaner got installed chromium icon just appeared on my desktop and in my task bar so i did go in control panel and uninstalled after that i saw no things hijacking my browser or pop-ups after like 2 months or more i saw my DISK USAGE was 100% and i called my brothers he knows about computers and he told me that may be some malware i simpy played Steam games and i didnt download any unsafe files from internet not even music ! After that i factory reset my pc after that My pc was going slow ..And i heard malware could have Restore Point i got so scared that it may come back after 1 month i saw my cooling fan was just from it self going high i thought that was dust but it was completly clean i scanned my system with AVAST Antivirus nothing was there and i was just checking my system files and i saw 1 or 2 files having alot of numbers i thought that was some system files but when i went in Chromium was there and just copying some files from my D: Drive and from my Web Browser history i got so scared ..When i entered in that file AVAST automaticlly said infection detected i tried going in safe mode it will not allow me i couldnt do anything but there were no popups or hijacking my browser PC was just slow after that i got MAD and i simply took my system down and deleted everything i even removed win8.1 after that i installed new Win8.1 is there any possibilty that he can come back because i have same HDD ? I know this is a long story but i want you everything to know 😀 ! Please answer,thanks !

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      If you have re-installed everything, there’s probably no need to worry. How is your PC behaving now? Are there any problems after you re-installed Windows?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Probably not. Still, scanning the folder might not be a bad idea. Tell us in the comments if anything got detected.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Remove the IP address that you’ve send us as well as any other similar address and then save the file.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Could you please rephrase your question?

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Since those IP’s are more than likely coming from the unwanted software, we advise you to delete them and then save the changes to the Hosts file.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Getting the free version of SpyHunter would provide with the scanner function of the program which would detect any suspicious and potentially unwanted or harmful files on your PC but you will need to manually remove them. If you opt for the paid version of the program, it will also provide you with a removal tool that will almost always succeed in removing the problematic software. In addition to that, even if the program fails to resolve your issue, you have the option to ask for live support from the program’s developers so that you can receive a custom fix method for your specific situation.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Those addresses aren’t necessarily harmful yet they should still be removed from your Hosts file since they aren’t supposed to be there. Be sure to delete them and save the changes to the Hosts file.

  • Zhee

    I tried the conventional ways one but couldn’t advance it more because I don’t want to risk myself by meddling with system files & registries, so I tried to download your recommended software and installed it… the bad news is, installation error (your software can’t be installed in my PC).

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      What error dos it give you? Also, do you have Administrator rights on the PC that you’re using?

  • Phoebe

    Hi, i have been following these steps and stuck in step 4, I can see below the local host, they are some ip adress that are supiscious down.baidu2016. com 123.sogou. com http://www.czzsyzgm. com http://www.czzsyzxl. com msplus.mcafee. com

    I have tried opening the DNS, however there are no rogue dns to remove whatsoever. How?

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Remove those IP’s from yout Hosts file because they mustn’t be in it.

  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Where do you want to get back to?