How to remove Chromium malware

We compiled the information about Chromium removal ways, is the infection really danger and how to stop it.


Firstly, it should be said that Chromium itself is not a virus. The Chromium browser was created by Google and on its basis was the Chrome browser created. The management of Google decided to put the code of Chromium in public access to encourage young developers and give them the opportunity to do their projects without doing all the work from scratch. However, as it usually happens, Chromium is more often used by scammers than prospective developers. In this article we will tell you exactly how scammers use Chromium, what goals they pursue and how you can protect yourself from this threat.

What is Chromium. Removal reasons and methods

Chromium browser


Chromium, like any other open source project, is often used by scammers for criminal purposes. In the case of Chromium, this is advertising fraud. The essence of the scheme is this: scammers slightly change the code of the basic version of Chromium, set special default settings and distribute this modified version using the bundled installation. The benefits of the Chromium virus are that with its help scammers change the settings of your current Chrome or substitute it with your version. After that, you observe the same negative consequences as in case of infection with a common advertising program, the only difference is that you do not see this program in the list of installed programs, and you cannot find the process in the task manager. Obsessive ads, pop-ups, links to untrusted sites, etc. - that's what awaits you after the Chromium virus begins to operate.


Do not forget that this virus is based on the real browser, which means that it can easily collect and store information about all your activity on the Internet, from visited sites and ending with passwords from important accounts. Such information can be very valuable for any advertising company and for scammers themselves, especially if you make any purchases or use Internet banking in an infected browser. If you have already noticed the Chromium virus on your computer - do not go through the sponsored links, and remove the virus from your computer before continuing to use the Internet.


Chromium task manager


Above we already mentioned that the virus penetrates into the system with the help of bundled installation. This method is extremely simple and at the same time effective: scammers lure users with the name of a useful and effective program, and instead of it (or along with it) install several useless programs or viruses on your computer. Of course, scammers do not install them themselves, but only give the user the opportunity to commit an error and allow their installation. At one of the stages of installing a useful program, the user sees a menu with a choice of the installation method. One of the methods can be called basic, recommended or standard, with emphasis on the fact that it is simple and understandable, while the other one is called complex, or "for advanced users." The first method is selected by default, and if the user does not cancel it, then all the contents of the bundle will be installed on the computer. To avoid infection in this way, you should carefully monitor the installation of any programs.

Chromium removal tool

Removing the Chromium virus is a critical task, which can be approached from several sides. If you are experienced enough to manually perform the removal then you can use our instructions. Remember that we cannot control the correct execution of instructions, which means that you can make a serious mistake. If you do not want to make a mistake and prefer quick and effective cleaning of your computer from all unwanted programs, including Chromium - we advise you to purchase Spyhunter, which will easily cope with any virus. If you want to buy Spyhunter, learn more about it or download a trial version with a free scanner - just click on the button below.


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Removal instruction




Step 1. Boot the system into safe mode

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter

Safe mode. Step 1


  • Select Boot tab

Safe mode. Step 2



  • Select Safe boot and press Ok

More information about Safe mode: What is Safe Mode and how to boot computer in Safe Mode


Step 2. Uninstall Chromium from Control Panel

Instruction for Windows XP and Windows 7

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.

2. In the Currently installed programs box, click the Chromium, and then click Change or Change/Remove.

3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to make the changes that you want.

Press Start - Control Panel Choose Program - Uninstall a program Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'


Instruction for Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter Control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by: select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.


Instruction for Windows 10


1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Chromium and press Uninstall

Type 'Control Panel' in Search field Programs in Control Panel Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'


Step 3. Remove chromium files


Check next folders to find suspicious files:

  • %TEMP%
  • %ProgramData%

Step 4. Clean registry (for experienced users)

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Clean startup registry keys
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE(HKEY_CURRENT_USER)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit

Step 5. Disable Safe Mode and restart computer

  • Press Start
  • Type Msconfig and press Enter
  • Select Boot tab
  • Remove the check near Safe boot




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