Dubious Chromium Browsers
Browser Hijacker | 06/29/2018

How to Remove Unwanted Chromium Browsers from the system?

About: Undesired and modified Chromium browser installations may pose serious security threat to the system and may act as a source of adware supported software infiltration in the system. Let us read more to know how to get rid of this dubious Chrom...  Read More  

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Guide to Remove Deceptive Chromium Browsers?

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.

Chromium Browser

Threats posed by the deceptive Chromium Browser:

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.

  1. The sole motive behind this malicious act is monetary. The ads displayed in the search engine are sponsored to promote a particular brand or software or e- commerce website. Click on these ads may also redirect users to malicious sites that may result in high risk adware and malware infiltration.
  2. In addition the deceptive Chromium browser may be designed to track user browsing activities to collect confidential data like banking details to extort users or sell it to cooperating third parties. Thus having an information tracking app installed can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity thefts.

How did illegitimate Chromium browser install in the system?

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.

Threat Summary

Name: Chromium

Targeted Operating System: Windows

Category: PUP

Symptoms:  Appearance of annoying ads, download links, pop-ups that may redirect users to another malicious web page and interrupt their browsing activity

Steps to remove Dubious Chromium browser manually from your system

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



Tips to prevent your computer system from getting infected –

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Hitman Pro and Sophos so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.




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