Chroomium Browser (Virus Removal Guide) - 2021 update

Chroomium Browser Removal Guide

What is Chroomium Browser?

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

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

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 the dubious app. Tools like anti-malware programs can help clean the machine thoroughly
Repair Your device can get even more affected from the inside, so try to clear affected files using FortectIntego

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 the 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 identical. The 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 starts the 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 the false app 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 the 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.

Chroomium Browser illustrationThe deceptive browser is designed to deliver advertising content during browsing sessions.

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; 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, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes.

Chroomium Browser malwareThe fake application 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 measures 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 virusUsers 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 adsThe questionable program 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 the 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 the PUP, 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 may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of Chroomium Browser. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows



Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Chroomium Browser registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.


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