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.
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 Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
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 Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Deceptive free software installer distributing Chrominio adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Chrominio?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the chrominio adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the chrominio adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
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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