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Remove Chedot Browser (Removal Instructions) - Sep 2019 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Chedot Browser is a potentially unwanted program that aims to replace Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser

Chedot browser

Chedot Browser is a Chromium-based project that claims to be an innovation in the web browser market. It is supposed to provide users with faster file downloading, browsing protection, advanced search, anti-virus service, and other features. However, the app is often installed along with freeware, so users rarely notice when its infiltration. Nevertheless, Chedot immediately sets itself as a default browser instead of Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or another browser.

Once opened, Chedot Browser displays a variety of intrusive advertisements (pop-ups, deals, offers, banners, in-text links, etc.), uses search.chedot.com search engine to display alternative search results, and actively spies on web browsing habits of users.

Due to its deceptive installation methods and commercial content that often prevents users finding relevant information, Chedot Browser has not been branded as a safe alternative to the most commonly used browsers and is categorized as adware/potentially unwanted program.[1] If you found this application on your machine without the consent, you should remove Chedot Browser immediately by following our guide below.

Name Chedot Browser
Type Potentially unwanted program, adware
Category Chromium virus
Features Chronium-based browser
Installation Software bundle packages, unsafe sites
Risks Installation of other unwanted software or even malware, loss of money due to scam site redirects, etc.
Similar Chromium-based PUPs BrowserAirChroomium browser Citrio BrowserOlcinium Browser, etc.
Termination Use our manual removal guide below or employ security software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner  

While “Chedot browser virus” term is not entirely correct, its suspicious behavior startled many users, as they saw changes made to the already installed browsers – even if they were used instead of the PUP, people complained that most of the sites were filled with ads.

Indeed, Chedot browser can be downloaded from its official website. However, users rarely import it intentionally, as it usually ends up installed along with other software they downloaded from the internet. Besides, the installation wizard uses many tricks in order to set itself as a default browser, and users often fall victims.

Once installed, Chedot browser seems just like any regular browser. However, once users start browsing the internet, they will notice the increased amount of advertisements almost immediately. This alters the way users surf the internet, as the top results are not organic, i.e., advertisers pay for the spot at the top.

Chedot browser PUP
Chedot is a potentially unwanted program based on Chromium project

Unfortunately, not all sites that Chedot might lead you to are safe – some of them may be ridden with malicious ads. Additionally, potentially unwanted programs often use rerouting techniques to gain more revenue. This way, users might also end up on tech support or survey scam[2] sites. Developers of such sites often ask you to download fake updates, claim bogus virus infections, or promise an expensive gift for answering just a few easy questions.

Finally, another reason for Chedot browser removal is information tracking. The developers collect the following data about you and other users:[3]

  • Basic browsing history information, for example the URLs of pages that you visit, a cache file of text and images from those pages, and a list of some IP addresses linked from pages that you visit.
  • A searchable index of most pages you visit (except for secure pages with “https” web addresses, such as some bank pages)
  • Thumbnail-sized screenshots of most pages you visit
  • Cookies or web storage data deposited on your system by websites you visit
  • Locally-stored data saved by Add-ons
  • A record of downloads you have made from websites

The gathered data helps Chedot serve you with targeted ads and increase its profits. However, it does not provide any benefit for you, as you simply giveaway the information about yourself to unknown parties.

To get rid of Chedot browser, you should check our detailed manual elimination guide below. Alternatively, you can also employ anti-virus software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner and terminate the app automatically. Nevertheless, resetting the already installed browsers is recommended for all the infected users.

Potentially unwanted programs are often installed unintentionally from freeware hosting sites

While many Chromium-based browsers can be downloaded from their official websites, they usually end up on users' machines with the help of software bundling – a deceptive marketing technique that allows freeware authors to insert optional components into third-party software installers. Unfortunately, not all the internet users are aware of it, and often fail to notice the deception.

It is vital to download applications from reputable sources (or at least the most popular ones), as host teams are often put effort to remove malicious applications as well as adds from the site. However, the potentially unwanted programs are still bundled as a standalone package, so being careful is always advised.

Chedot browser runs processes
When Chedot runs, it uses multiple processes that run in the background

If you want to avoid the unexpected appearance of potentially unwanted programs, you should pay attention to the installation of the process of free applications:

  • never rush the process by clicking “Next” button until you are finished;
  • check if the app provides Terms of Service and Privacy Policy;
  • beware of small print, misleading button placements, deceptive deals, pre-ticked boxes, etc.;
  • when prompted, always opt for Advanced/Custom settings as it is sometimes the only way to view the optional programs that would be installed if Recommended/Quick settings would be chosen.

Ways to get rid of Chedot Browser

Chedot Browser is not the one that you should trust. It may initiate irritating ads, cause redirects, decrease your PC performance, and similar inconveniences. Therefore, do not wait any longer and follow the steps below that will help you remove Chedot Browser virus once and for all.

Alternatively, you could install anti-virus software and scan the computer for a full Chedot Browser removal. This way, you will be sure that all the components of the PUP are eliminated. Note that, regardless of which method you choose, you should still reset each of the installed browsers to reset their settings to default, as Chedot might still leave traces even after its elimination.

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To remove Chedot Browser, follow these steps:

Get rid of Chedot Browser from Windows systems

To remove Chedot Browser from Windows, you should enter the installed program list via Programs & Features and terminate the app:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Chedot Browser and related programs
    Here, look for Chedot Browser or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Erase Chedot Browser from Mac OS X system

If the unwanted app entered your Mac, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Chedot Browser or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall Chedot Browser from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Chedot Browser and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Chedot Browser removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Chedot Browser from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Chedot Browser should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Chedot Browser from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Chedot Browser and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Chedot Browser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Chedot Browser from Google Chrome

You should reset Google Chrome after you terminate the PUP:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Chedot Browser and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Chedot Browser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Chedot Browser from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Chedot Browser or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Chedot Browser removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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