You may be familiar with Google Chrome, but there is another Google-affiliated browser you may not have heard of: Chromium. Chromium is the open source alternative to Chrome, sharing much of its code base. Chromium’s browser engine is also used for other known browsers such as Microsoft Edge.
Unfortunately, the Chromium browser found itself being used for malicious reasons. Unless you download it from the Chromium project website, you may find it bundled with malware and other dangerous content, leaving it unable to be removed. If you want to uninstall it, here’s how to uninstall Chromium.
What is Chromium?
Chromium is an open source web browser project made by Google. Most of the code mimics the classic Google Chrome browser, but the difference is that some of the code is provided by others. Although Chromium is a legitimate browser, its open source code has made it unstable, buggy, and a target for spreading viruses.
What is the Chromium virus?
Chromium virus is a malicious web browser created using Chromium code. It is able to override the Chrome browser and replace the original links with fake ones. It can change the default search engine setting on your browser to take you to fake sponsored search results and it can also check your apps, themes and extensions.
There are a few ways that the Chromium virus can enter your system. Some of these include a download after visiting a malicious website; a false notice requesting you to update your software or web browser; a download of freeware or shareware programs that have it secretly bundled; or a malicious email attachment. In some of these cases, you may know that you have downloaded it, while other times the download signs will show up later.
How to uninstall Chromium from Windows
- If you installed Chromium on your own, you shouldn’t have much trouble removing it using the Windows Settings menu.
- To get started, right-click on the Windows Start menu and click Settings.
- In the Windows Settings window, hit Apps> Apps & Features. In the search bar, search for Chromium.
- Click on the Chromium entry, then press Uninstall> Uninstall to remove the browser.
- In the Uninstall Chromium window, click the Also delete browsing data checkbox to make sure all personal data is removed when you remove your browser. Click Uninstall to start the removal process.
- The uninstallation process should only take a few seconds to complete. Once complete, the Chromium entry should be removed from the list of apps and features and should be completely uninstalled at this point.
How to Remove Chromium
Although Chromium can be installed, it can also be bundled as a ZIP file or included with other software. This means that it may not appear in the Windows Settings for automatic Chromium uninstallation.
This is likely to happen if Chromium was included as part of an adware or malware package. You’ll first need to locate the Chromium installation folder using Windows File Explorer, then manually remove it (and other remnants).
To do this, open Windows File Explorer and, using the search bar, type Chromium.exe or Chrome.exe. This will search your PC for the Chromium browser executable file (and the Chromium installation directory). You will be able to determine the difference between Google Chrome and Chromium executables by looking at the color of the logo: Chromium uses an all-blue logo, while Chrome uses red, yellow, and green.
The search may take some time to complete. Once Windows File Explorer has found the correct file, right-click on the entry in the search results and press Open File Location.
This will open the folder with the Chromium executable file. You can use the path URL bar at the top to move up one or two folders until you see the main Chromium folder. Right-click, then hit Delete to delete it from your PC.
If you can’t delete the Chromium folder, the software itself may still be open. Right-click on the taskbar and press Task Manager to fix the problem.
In the Task Manager window, locate the Chromium process. Right-click the entry, then press End Task to force it to close. Repeat the above steps to remove the Chromium folder once Chromium has been closed.
Once deleted, you will need to permanently delete the Chromium folder by emptying the Trash. Locate the Trash icon on your desktop, then right click> Empty Trash to remove it completely
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