Chromium is an open source web browser project started by Google that forms the basis for Chrome Web Browser. The two browsers share majority of codes and features except that Google added a number of proprietary features to Chrome Browser that Chromium lacks. There is also a difference in the logos of the two browsers and are issued with different licenses.
Official Chromium Builds are available online that provide safe and convenient browsing environment. However, if Chromium browser gets installed on the system without user knowledge, then you most likely have an adware or unwanted version of Chromium installed on the computer.
This undesired and modified Chromium browser should not be under estimated. The browser may pose serious security threat to the system and may act as a source of adware supported software infiltration in the system.
You can identify the Chromium browser on your Windows desktop. The project name has been derived from the element Chromium. The icon looks like the image below.
Unwanted Chromium installations are typically designed to display unnecessary home pages, intrusive advertisements, suspicious pop- ups and dubious extensions. For instance, the counterfeit web browser may display Yahoo search engine to be browser’s home page in few cases.
Dubious Chromium Browsers are distributed using deceptive marketing techniques that include:
Software Bundling: The technique involves stealth installation of software program with regular software/apps. The infectious software is bundled with main software payload to sneak into the computer system. The code is hidden from the user until they opt for custom/Advanced settings. This reveals all the additional software program information and users can opt out their installation.
Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: Deliberate or accidental click on malignant ads or visit to pernicious website may result in unknowing download of dubious Chromium Browser in the system.
Chromium is an entirely legitimate program. However unauthorized distribution of unwanted version may lead to installation of illegitimate Chromium based browsers that sneak into the system and compromise it. Hence it is necessary to get rid of this dubious system program ASAP. Follow the removal guidelines below remove unwanted version of Chromium from the system.
Targeted Operating System: Windows
Symptoms: Appearance of annoying ads, download links, pop-ups that may redirect users to another malicious web page and interrupt their browsing activity
Note: Before we begin, try to remember how the extension got downloaded on your computer system. Generally, these programs come bundled with free applications that we download off the internet. It is a good practice to locate and uninstall such programs while removing the Browser Hijacker
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