Even though open-source programs give users more freedom for customization, hackers can also use them to create malicious modifications. Google’s Chromium browser is no exception as its mods can also be malware. Find out how to uninstall Chromium and deal with a Chromium virus.
Chromium is an open-source web browser created by Google. It is not a threat by itself (we’ve rated it and other Chrome-based browsers based on their security), but due to its open-source nature, users can create their own versions of it. This has led to both improvements and malicious spin-offs. These come in many different forms that have names like BoBrowser, Palikan, etc.
Like other types of malware, they can inject themselves without your notice and overwhelm you with unwanted ads, slow down your system, collect data, etc. They might redirect you to malicious sites, automatically download infected apps, or track your browsing habits.
Some of the Chromium mods might not look as a threat at first sight. Here are some red flags to look out for:
You can quickly delete a Chromium browser just like you remove your other apps.
Start by closing all Chromium-associated processes:
1. Press CMD+Space;
2. Type in Activity Monitor;
3. Mark all the Chromium-associated processes by clicking on them while holding down the CMD button and click on the X button on the top-left to remove it.
Then close the app, drag it to your Trash and empty it.
However, this method might not remove the app completely. You can remove the leftovers by:
1. Opening Finder;
2. Opening Go to Folder by pressing Shift+CMD+G;
3. Typing in “~/Library” and pressing Enter;
4. Checking the Application Support, Caches, and Preferences folders and removing all the folders associated with a Chromium-based browser.
1. Close all Chromium-related processes in the Task manager, which you can access by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del;
2. Go to Start -> Settings (the gear icon);
3. Click Apps;
4. Select Apps and Features;
5. Select an app you want to delete and tap Uninstall.
If you cannot find the program in the Apps section, you can also:
1. Go to Start -> Control Panel;
2. Click Programs;
3. Select the program you wish to remove and click Uninstall or Uninstall/Change and then follow further instructions. Alternatively, you can just right-click on the program and then select Uninstall.
As this method might not swipe the Chromium totally, you should erase the leftovers by:
1. Pressing Win+R with Chrome open, typing “%appdata%” and hitting Enter;
2. Finding the folder named Chromium and deleting it.
Repeat the same procedure by typing “%localappdata%” as well.
If you cannot remove suspicious software by using the steps described above, you should try the following methods:
To minimize the possibility of infection, you should:
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