Chrominio Virus

Also Known As: Chrominio adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Chrominio redirect removal instructions

What is Chrominio?

Chrominio is a rogue application that typically infiltrates systems without users' consent (the "bundling" method). Following infiltration, Chrominio generates pop-up windows (in the bottom right corner of the screen) that encourage users to install "New Chromium Version". This is a scam - users will simply end up downloading and installing a type of rogue Chromium Internet browser.

Chrominio adware

Chromium is an open-source web browser project released by Google. The project itself is legitimate, but criminals use it to generate revenue - they design rogue browsers to deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and record sensitive information. Be aware that the Chrominio potentially unwanted program (PUP) is one of the tools used to proliferate these rogue browsers. As mentioned above, Chrominio continually delivers a pop-up window (labeled as "Chrominio Message Center") stating that a Chromium update is available. Most users are unfamiliar with this project and may confuse Chromium with Chrome. In addition, the logos of Chromium and Chrome are virtually identical - the only difference is the color. This makes it even easier to trick unsuspecting users into accepting the fake update. In summary, ignore "Chrominio Message Center" pop-ups and never accept the update. We also recommend that you read more about rogue Chromium browsers here.

Threat Summary:
NameChrominio adware
Threat TypeAdware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
SymptomsSeeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageDecreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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There are dozens of rogue Chromium-based browsers available on the Internet. The list of examples includes (but it is not limited to) Fusion, MyBrowser, BeagleBrowser, eFast, BrowserAir, Chedot, and Torch. All state that they enhance the web browsing experience, however, these potentially unwanted programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Claims to provide 'useful functionality' are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, rogue Chromium browsers deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and gather sensitive information, thereby posing a direct threat to your safety and Internet browsing safety.

How did adware install on my computer?

As mentioned above, Chrominio typically infiltrates systems without permission, since developers proliferate this PUP using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software/apps). Developers know that many users are likely to rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they hide "bundled" applications within various sections (typically "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Skipping download/installation steps thus often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs such as Chrominio.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. PUPs are distributed using intrusive advertisements (that redirect to malicious sites and execute scripts that stealthily download and install malware). Most of these ads seem legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). If you experience these redirects, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. You are advised to download software from official sources only, using direct download links. Third-party downloaders/installers are monetized by "bundling" (promoting) PUPs and should never be used. If your computer is already infected with Chrominio, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Deceptive free software installer distributing Chrominio adware:

Chrominio adware distributing installer

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Chrominio adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted programs, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Chrominio redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Chrominio ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Chrominio ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the chrominio adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Chrominio  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing Chrominio ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the chrominio adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Chrominio ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Chrominio ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with chrominio adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove chrominio adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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