Rogue Chromium Browsers

Also Known As: Fake Chrome browsers
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

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Rogue Chromium browsers removal instructions

What is Chromium?

Chromium is an open-source web browser project. Although Chromium project itself is legitimate, it is often misused as a platform for malicious web browsers categorized as adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUP). Most infiltrate systems without users’ permission. In addition, these apps continually track Internet browsing activity, generate intrusive advertisements, and cause unwanted browser redirects.

Chromium adware

These browsers employ a 'virtual layer' to generate various intrusive online advertisements. Generally, ads generated by rogue Chromium-based browsers redirect to various e-commerce websites (for example, online stores), however, some lead to malicious sites that are likely to contain infectious content. Clicking these ads is risky and may lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, deceptive Chromium-based browsers continually track Internet browsing activity and gather browsing-related data, which is later shared with cooperating third party companies. Be aware that that some of the collected information may be personally identifiable and there is a high probability that private data will be misused. Thus, having an information-tracking app installed can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.

There are tens of dubious Chromium-based browsers such as Olcinium, eFast, Qword, BrowserAir, Chedot, MyBrowser, Fusion, BeagleBrowser, Tortuga, and Torch. Initially, these apps might appear legitimate and useful, since all claim to significantly improve Internet browsing speed, security, and provide other browsing-related features. These false claims are merely attempts to trick users to install. Bogus apps are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing any significant value for users, they cause unwanted browser redirects, deliver intrusive online advertisements, and track Internet browsing activity, thereby putting users' privacy and system security at risk.

How did rogue Chromium browser install on my computer?

Most dubious Chromium-based browsers are distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of additional programs with regular software/apps. Research shows that many users do not expect potentially unwanted programs to be concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. They rush the download and installation processes, skip most/all steps, and often inadvertently install rogue applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted programs are usually hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Therefore, only by paying close attention and analyzing each step of the software download and installation processes, will you be able to protect your system from adware-type infections. Bundled software is mostly rogue and, therefore, you should never accept any offers to install third party programs.

Deceptive free software installer distributing rogue Chromium browser (redirecting to search.yahoo.com):

Delusive installer used to distribute Chromium browser

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Fake Chrome browsers

Rogue Chromium based browsers 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.

Chromium adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Chromium" (or any other recently-installed suspicious applications), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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


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Remove adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, rogue Chromium based browsers did not install their browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, these browsers were bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

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

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Chromium 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 Chromium ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the chromium browsers, 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

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Chromium  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Chromium ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the chromium browsers, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

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

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Chromium 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 Chromium ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with chromium browsers 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 the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

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

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

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

Summary:
declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 1Fake Chrome browsers is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download. Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the decline button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications.

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 2

Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.

If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program.

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