Chromium malware and its family of Chromium-based web browsers can be very annoying and sometimes even dangerous because one wrong click PC can get you to an infected website. Today we’re going to explain how to deal with this nasty threat and what dangers it hides in its malicious code. Before we proceed, you need to know that Chromium itself is an open-source browser project and it is completely legitimate. Well, it was. Until malware creators ruined its reputation and started using the familiar name for injecting malicious code on unprotected computers of thousands and thousands of users.
Usually, Chromium-based malware sneaks into the system bundled with other software. Most people don’t pay attention to what they agree to install, and cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of the situation. Another popular infection technique is sending spam emails with the malware attached or linked. We advise all users to be alert each time when installing any software. Always check the installer for hidden options – those are usually in stuffed into the Advanced (Custom) install options. When malware is already in, you will suffer the consequences immediately. Expect to see all file associations to be messed up, URL associations to be hijacked, the default search engine along with the browser homepage changed.
You don’t even have to use Google Chrome to get infected with this virus. There are a few well-known Chromium-based software (browsers) developed to mask itself as useful programs in order to get onto your computer and wreak havoc within the system. Here are some of the notorious Chromium-based web browsers: eFast, MyBrowser, Palikan, BeagleBrowser, BoBrowser, Qword, Olcinium, Torch, Fusion, BrowserAir, MyBrowser, Tortuga, Chedot. All of these have a big arsenal of dirty tricks in their disposal such as tracking your browsing habits, collecting private information, stealing sensitive info. In addition to that, they also flood your screen with never-ending advertisements, popups, and page redirects.
Remove Chromium malware
If you know for the fact that your computer has been infected by the Chromium malware, this is what you should do:
- Close your web browser(s), then launch the Task Manager tool. In the new window that will appear, you will an active Chromium process. Its logo looks similar to the one used by Google Chrome but in blue colors. Find all chrome.exe/chromium.exe processes and terminate them.
- Now open the Start menu and search for the Control Panel. Open it and go to the Program and features menu. Here you need to find Chromium (and any other unwanted/suspicious programs) and uninstall it.
- Additional precaution measures would not harm, so go to the hidden folder C:\Users\<your_profile_name>\AppData\Local and wipe the Chromium folder. If Google Chrome is your main (or one of the browsers on your PC), the folder you have just deleted will re-appear automatically with the required data.
- Now, open the web browser you are using and check all its add-ons and extensions. Delete every suspicious item as well as those you don’t remember installing (the chances are they were installed by the malware).
- Perform a full PC scan using an antimalware tool or antivirus of your choice. It should detect if anything harmful/unwanted is left in your system.
After completing all these steps, the only thing you have to do is open your web browser and set your desired home page as well as the preferred search engine. That’s it. We hope this guide helped you to deal with the Chromium virus.