What is Chromium?
How to uninstall Chromium is the common name for the search engine on which many browsers, including the popular Google Chrome, are based. It is an open source web browser project created by Google. As an open source project, anyone can modify it in any way. Knowing this, hackers release their versions of the browser, which are often used for advertising purposes. So if you have never installed Chromium, but it appeared on its own, it is an unwanted version of the program. To confuse the user, Chromium has shortcuts and an interface similar to Google Chrome.
Most of the code emulates the classic Google Chrome browser, but the difference is that some of the code was contributed by others. While Chromium is a legitimate browser, its open source code has made it unstable, buggy, and target virus spread. The browser itself cannot be considered malware, although we will classify it as potentially unwanted software.
How does Chromium get to my Mac/PC?
Chromium can be promoted through ads placed on different download sources. It is rarely installed on its own. Realizing that not many people are willing to replace their big-name browser with something new and uncommon, Chromium developers have to use a subtle way to bundle their software with other software. It means that you will install the browser by default unless you deselect it manually.
Chromium has such an unpleasant feature as creating ads on almost every page it opens. Those pop-ups, banners, link in the text, etc. They are displayed because everyone clicks on them to earn income. It is best to remove Chromium to avoid the harm it can cause to your privacy or system.
How to uninstall Chromium in Windows 10?
If the built-in Windows uninstaller isn’t effective in removing Chromium from your Windows PC and keeping it away, it’s not necessarily your fault. The malicious agent has likely left several launchers that force you to reinstall Chromium as soon as it detects any attempt to remove it.
You must be more thorough when closing Chromium processes, uninstalling the browser, and removing all associated items.
How does Chromium affect the computer?
The most common ways to get Chromium virus are free to package downloads and spam emails. Since these PUAs infiltrate your computer, it is essential to be vigilant while installing any software and ensure that this or other third-party offers are not hidden in the Advanced or Custom installation option. It is also sometimes installed via a malicious extension.
Once installed, it will take care of all file associations, hacking URL links, and set itself as the default browser. The worst part is that it is similar to Chrome and can even use the Chrome logo. If you are not very careful, shooting will be easy.
Once you’ve removed each Chromium element manually, or even if you haven’t and you’re still worried about it, running an anti-malware scan is a great idea. If your Chromium installation gets corrupted by malware, a scan by your antivirus will usually clean it or, at worst, quarantine it, so it doesn’t cause any harm.
How to uninstall Chromium using Windows Settings?
- Use the Windows Settings menu to uninstalled Chromium yourself.
- To get started, right-click on the Windows Start menu and click on the Settings.
- In the Windows Settings window, click Applications > Applications and Features.
- In the search bar, search for Chromium.
- Click on the Chromium entry, then hit Uninstall > Uninstall to remove the browser.
- In the Uninstall Chromium window, click the Delete browsing data and check box to ensure all personal data is removed when you delete your browser.
- Click Uninstall to start the removal process.
- Uninstall will be done within some time.
- Once done, it should remove the Chromium entry from the list of apps and features and completely uninstall it.