This page will show you how to recognize and remove the Chromium Virus. Our instructions can be found at the bottom half of this article.
What is Chromium?
Chromium is not a virus. Chromium is an open-source web browser project. Chromium in itself is completely legitimate, however, it is often used for malicious purposes – most often adware and potentially unwanted programs. A typical example of a potentially unwanted program is the
All pop-up ads appearing on your browser or the allowing of access to 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 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 and 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 the Chromium Virus. At first glance, this might not seem exactly efficient and relevant to your situation personally, but in fact – it is.
The Chromium Virus
In case you find a program called Chromium on your device but you don’t know how it got there, then you probably have a browser hijacker problem. Chromium is not a virus, but an open-source project. Unfortunately, this also means that Chromium is often used as a browser virus.
There is no such thing as a 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 Virus and do it as soon as you realize that something is not working right. So remember that even Chromium 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.
The chromium virus in the task manager.
Hackers use them to fulfill their malicious purposes by spreading Chromium 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 and stay alert at all times for suspicious activity. What hackers use Chromium Virus for is to steal exactly the following things: your passwords, credit card 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 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.
How to Uninstall Chromium Method 1
The quickest and probably the most essential thing to do in case you look at how to uninstall Chromium virus is:
Go to your Control Panel.
Choose the Uninstall a Program function.
Look for Chromium and other unfamiliar entries.
Uninstall Chromium and other suspicious items by clicking on the Uninstall button.
Windows Chromium Virus Removal Guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it) Reboot in Safe Mode .
Step 2. Find Unwanted Processes
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.
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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.
Step 3. Remove Chromium Virus From Start Up Locations
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
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:
Step 4. IP and DNS Settings
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:
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.
Step 5. Remove Chromium Virus From All Browsers
Note: 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
Remove Chromium Virus from Internet Explorer and Edge
Open Edge, click on the (Gear Icon) —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Edge —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply. Remove Chromium Virus from FireFox
Open Firefox, click mozilla menu -> Add-ons -> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware -> Remove. Remove Chromium Virus from Chrome
Step 6. Remove Chromium Virus From All Browsers
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 doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!