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Remove Chromatic adware (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Chromatic ads, Ads by Chromatic, Chromatic virus | Type: Adware

Chromatic is a web browser that offers to protect your online privacy but often comes bundled with other software

Chromatic browser

Chromatic is a free and legitimate application that promises users to create a safer browsing environment. According to its developers, the browser can protect users from landing on malicious websites, which can result in malware infections, personal information loss, and other online threats.

While Chromatic can be downloaded from third-party domains (download.com, soft32.com, cnet.com, softonic.com, and so on), as well as its official site, – it is mainly distributed within software bundle packages, so users rarely notice when the browser enters their devices.

Once installed, the application may set itself as a default browser with predetermined settings. Besides, users are often presented with an intrusive advertisement when using the application: pop-ups, offers, deals, banners, coupons, and other intrusive material is covering all sites that they visit. For those reasons, users are recommended to remove Chromatic adware and resume using trusted browsers instead.

Name Chromatic
Type Browser
Category Adware/PUP
Distribution  Third-party sites, software bundles 
Symptoms  Chromatic set as a default browser, ads on most sites that you visit
Termination  You can delete the PUP manually as per our instructions below  or employ automatic tool like Reimage Reimage Cleaner

According to its developers, Chromatic is simply better at everything, as the slogan presented states:

Welcome to Chromatic, your favorite new Browser! Enjoy unlimited access to videos, uncensored content and amazing discounts!

Developers state that users can enjoy Netflix and other geo-restricted content from anywhere in the world, protect personal information, increase the speed of downloads by 50%, and save money by offering coupons and deals. Therefore, is there a reason to remove Chromatic browser? As it turns out, there are quite a few aspects of the app that might make you want to do so.

While all the offered features sound pretty amazing, not everything is as good as it seems, and we believe that negative aspects of Chromatic adware[1] outweigh the positives. First of all, the distribution of the application is typical to potentially unwanted programs – software bundles[2] ensure that less attentive users install the app without notice.

The second part is the advertisement content. Experts can easily categorize this application as adware, as it presents users with advertisements which are disguised as allegedly useful discounts and coupons. However, multiple users will not be as pleased when they will spot countless pop-ups on all the sites that they visit.

Also, there is no guarantee that content presented by Chromatic adware is entirely secure. Potentially unwanted programs often take no responsibility about the sites that they link users to. It basically means that, in case you land on a malicious site, the developers of the app will not be responsible, and you will have yo deal with the consequences yourself.

Chromatic adware
Chromatic is adware application that displays coupons, deals and other intrusive advertisements

Even more, even though Chromatic browser claims to be concerned about your privacy, it has been found that it may install tracking cookies[3] and monitor your browsing activities itself. It seems to be targeted at personally non-identifiable information, such as IP address, PC's location, email address, search terms, websites visited, data entered in them, clicks and so on

All in all, we suggest you proceed with Chromatic adware removal. You can do it manually by entering the installed application list or employ security software that can find adware and delete all its traces. For that, we suggest using Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

Ad-supported software is hidden inside software bundles

The browser tends to spread bundled with various download managers, PDF creators, and media players that are distributed via such websites as soft32.com, softonic.com, downloads.com, cnet.com, etc. Unfortunately, it's not possible to distinguish software packages from the outside, which is the main reason why people keep installing freeware with additional attachments.

In order to check whether your chosen freeware carries an attachment, it's a must to opt for Advanced or Custom installation (the expanded mode that discloses all available checkboxes) and trace the entire process step-by-step. Your main task is to detect the list of “optional downloads,” which may contain from one to several components set by default. Besides, you should look for such and similar statements: “By clicking the Next, I agree to set Chromatic as my default web browser.” Make sure that you unmark ticks that are set alongside such statements and only then finish the process.

Chromatic privacy policy
Chromatic discloses in Privacy Policy that it uses Cookies and other tracking technologies to track data

If you found Chromatic adware on your computer, delete by following this guide

Some people might believe that Chromatic adware is a great alternative to most popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, and others. However, there is a reason why less known projects are shut down pretty fast – users are unsure how much can they trust new browsers that claim to protect ones privacy, increase download speed and all those other allegedly useful features.

Because the official website is no longer available, you might obtained the PUP when downloading freeware from other sites. Thus, you should remove Chromatic adware either by using anti-virus software or by uninstalling the app via the installed program list.

Chromatic adware removal would be much faster if choosing automatic method – a full system scan should only take a few minutes. However, we believe that manual deletion method can be just as successful – check the detailed guide below.

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To remove Chromatic adware, follow these steps:

Erase Chromatic from Windows systems

To uninstall Chromatic browser from Windows operating systems, you should access the installed program list via the Control Panel:

  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 Chromatic and related programs
    Here, look for Chromatic 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'

Get rid of Chromatic from Mac OS X system

  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 Chromatic 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 Chromatic from Internet Explorer (IE)

Do not forget to reset Internet Explorer in case you installed other potentially unwanted programs that changed its settings:

  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 Chromatic 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 Chromatic removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Chromatic adware 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, Chromatic should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Chromatic 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 Chromatic 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 Chromatic removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Chromatic from Google Chrome

  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 Chromatic 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 Chromatic removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Chromatic 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 Chromatic 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 Chromatic removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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