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Chroomium Browser. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Chroomium Browser is a fraudulent browser which looks almost similar to Google Chrome and Chromium

Chroomium Browser image
Chroomium Browser is a fraudulent application which looks extremely similar to Google Chrome and Chromium.

Questions about Chroomium Browser

Chroomium Browser is a fraudulent application which is considered to be a bogus version of Chromium project[1] and falls into the category of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)[2]. Many users are lured into using this questionable browser as it looks exceptionally similar to Google Chrome or Chromium. However, the only goal of this application is to sneak into the system without user's notice and start generating advertising content during browsing sessions. Keep in mind that there are other similar cyber threats, like Chedot, Tortuga, or eFast that you should be aware of as well. 

Name Chroomium Browser
Type Adware
Danger level Medium. Does not perform system changes. Although, browser settings are modified
Source code Chromium 
Symptoms Slow browser performance, random redirects to suspicious sites, intrusive ads
Distribution method Software-bundles, malicious websites, infected advertisements
Removal Since this cyber threat might persist on the system, you should try to uninstall Chroomium Browser with Reimage

The aim of this shady program is to force you to use an untrustworthy Internet browser. What is more, it also tries to deceive computer users and make them think that they are using Google Chrome browser. Chroomium is built by using Chromium open-source code; however, it is NOT the real Google Chrome browser, although it looks almost identically. Chroomium Browser virus is an ad-supported application, which uses affiliate marketing strategies to gain income. Let us explain how it works.

When this program places its dubious files on the victimized computer, it removes shortcuts of other web browsers from your desktop and start menu and places Chroomium shortcuts instead. The icons of such shortcuts hardly differ from the real Chrome icons, so it is easy to be deceived.

As a consequence, victims launch Chroomium Browser and use it. As we have already mentioned, this fake browser[3] is an ad-supported app, which is assigned to the adware group. It has built-in extensions that function to deliver various advertisements for the computer user.

Usually, people experience the following activities performed by Chroomium Browser virus:

  • Intrusive pop-up ads might appear on the screen and block you from accessing the website;
  • Random windows or tabs pop-up alongside the pages you were opening yourself;
  • Some text on regular sites is turned into a hyperlink[4] which redirects to shady websites;
  • Browsing experience deteriorates significantly as the browser becomes slow, sluggish and freezes continuously.

You are going to see pop-up ads, in-text links or banners as you browse the web via this Internet browser. Be vigilant and do not click on these ads; otherwise, you might experience redirects to third-party websites that sponsor this shady web browsing software. 

Needless to say, some third-party websites might be untrustworthy or even insecure, so you should not try to explore them. Especially, do not agree to install any kind of software while visiting websites promoted via this shady adware program. Instead, start thinking about Chroomium Browser removal. 

While some of the apps MIGHT be safe, remember that you might also get recommendations to install deceptive applications. There is no need to say that Chromium virus might make you visit unreliable websites; LesVirus.fr experts[5] strongly recommend you NOT to use this bogus web browser and rely on legitimate web browsers instead. To remove Chroomium Browser, we recommend using an anti-spyware program, for instance, Reimage.

Chroomium Browser malware
Chroomium Browser can deliver random pop-ups or redirect to unreliable websites.

Fake browsers spread in a package with free applications

It is common that developers of questionable products promote them as optional components with free software. This distribution technique is regarded as product bundling and widely used to spread fake web browsers. Likewise, it is essential to download only reliable applications and attentively follow the installation process.

IT experts note that one of the most effective precautionary measure to identify software-bundles is to read Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and EULA. If the application is legitimate, it is still advisable to choose Custom/Advanced installation mode instead of Recommended/Quick one. 

Chroomium Browser virus
Users can be tricked to install malicious programs by Chroomium Browser.

These particular installation settings can reveal optional apps that might be added to your selected program. It opens a new setup window or just expands the current one and reveals a list of the additional apps that were attached to your preferred program. Finally, deselect the proposals to install them; that is all you need to do.

Chroomium Browser ads
Chroomium Browser spreads as fraudulent software updates on various questionable sites.

Although, keep in mind that there are other ways how developers of fraudulent browsers promote their products, including the following:

  • Fake software updates;
  • Program cracks on peer-to-peer (P2P)[6] networks;
  • Phishing emails;
  • Malicious ads.

Ways to identify and uninstall Chroomium Browser virus

As we have already mentioned, users might not even recognize that they are using a fake web browser as it looks similar to legitimate ones. However, if you notice a significant increase in annoying ads, redirects to questionable pages, or random window/tab pop-ups, there is a strong risk that you are infected with Chroomium Browser virus.

There is no need to keep using an unreliable browser which can potentially damage your computer. You should remove Chroomium Browser right away after you experience any of the activities mentioned above. Usually, users who are advanced in the IT field can uninstall adware programs manually. 

In case you need any guidance to uninstall Chroomium Browser, check the illustrated instructions at the end of this article. They will help you to eliminate all potentially unwanted programs and reset the affected browsers. Although, please, be attentive to avoid any damage to your system.

Furthermore, if you want to ensure real-time computer protection and to ensure it is all clean restored to a pristine state, we recommend installing a computer protection program and running a system scan with it. It scans the whole PC for threats and will help you delete Chroomium Browser virus. You can also try using the following guide:

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Chroomium Browser, follow these steps:

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Remove Chroomium Browser from Windows systems

If your PC was compromised by Chroomium browser, you need to find the virus' files and get rid of them. However, this task can be hard for you especially if you are not an advanced IT expert.

Therefore, we usually recommend using anti-spyware or anti-malware programs to identify the threat, the location of its files, and remove it. You can attempt to uninstall the dangerous programs manually if you want. Use instructions provided below, but do not forget to scan your computer with anti-malware software afterward.

  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 Chroomium Browser and related programs
    Here, look for Chroomium 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'
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Uninstall Chroomium Browser from Mac OS X system

To remove Chroomium virus from Mac, try the following tips provided by 2-Spyware team.

  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 Chroomium 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'
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Delete Chroomium 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 Chroomium 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 Chroomium Browser removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase Chroomium 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, Chroomium Browser should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate Chroomium 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 Chroomium 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 Chroomium Browser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of Chroomium Browser 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 Chroomium 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 Chroomium Browser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Chroomium 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 Chroomium 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 Chroomium Browser removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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