Chromium is actually not a virus or malware, but an open source browser developed by The Chromium Project.
However, because it is open source, this browser is prone to being infiltrated by viruses / malware so that many computer users are wondering how to get rid of Chromium.
Chromium that contains viruses and malware is usually developed by third-party developers, which is really annoying.
Usually this Chromium will open suddenly more than once so that browsing activities and using the computer are uncomfortable. Therefore, in the following we review an easy way to uninstall Chromium down to the roots.
What is Chromium
For those of you who don’t know, Chromium is a cross-platform open source web browser developed by The Chromium Project. Its cross-platform nature makes this one browser installable on Windows, Mac, iOS to Android.
Chromium, which is open source, also benefits programmers who want to create their own version of the browser.
This is what sometimes causes Chromium to be infiltrated by viruses and malware so that it is very dangerous to the computer if it is not removed.
So you can conclude, Chromium that suddenly opens itself when you are browsing is not the original Chromium. The Chromium has been developed by an unofficial developer so it is intentionally / unintentionally plagued by viruses and malware.
Dangers of Chromium
Chromium Browser infected with a virus will be very dangerous for your computer, so removal is highly recommended. Here are the risks of letting the Chromium virus remain on your computer / laptop:
- Identity theft
- Dangerous advertising
- Redirects user searches to malicious websites
- Consumes high CPU usage so the device overheats easily
- Change the home page of the web browser
- Can install suspicious toolbars without user permission
How to Remove Chromium
1. Windows 7, 8 and 10
How to remove Chromium on Windows 7, 8 and 10 is as follows:
- The first is to uninstall Chromium, click “Start Menu” then select “Control Panel”
- In the next menu select “Programs and Features” then the software method with the name Chromium
- Once found, right click on the mouse on the Chromium software then click “Uninstall”
However, if Chromium is still not deleted, then deleting the Chromium folder is the next solution. Chromium folders are usually hidden files so the configuration must be set up first. Here are the steps:
- Open Windows Explorer and then go to the folder C:\Users\Username\AppData\ Local. After that you enter the Chromium folder.
- There you will see two folders named Application and User Data .
- You need to delete both folders permanently by pressing Shift + Delete key.
Delete via Task Manager
If you can’t delete both folders, then you must first open the Task Manager.
- Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc . After that stop the running Chromium process by right-clicking > End task.
- If so, then you need to clean the Recycle Bin. Just right-click the Recycle Bin icon then select Empty Recycle Bin.
2. Remove Chromium Using Regedit
If you have followed the method above and Chromium is still not deleted, then you can try using Regedit. You can do this method on all Windows OS, starting from Windows 7, 8 and 10. Here are the steps:
- First open the “Start Menu” then type in the search field the words “regedit” (withour quote) then press “Enter”
- Once open, you can select the option “HKEY Current User” then select “Software“
- Now scroll down to find the “Chromium” folder
- After meeting, right click on the folder and select the option “Delete“
- If so, restart the computer and do a “Disc Clean Up“
3. Remove Chromium on Mac OS
If you are using a Mac OS computer, then how to get rid of Chromium is as follows:
- First click the “Go” button located in the upper right corner then select the “Applications” menu.
- Wait a few moments until all the folders are displayed then look for the folder called “Chromium“
- Then right click on the folder and select the option “Move to Trash“
4. Erase Chromium from Google Chrome
- First open Google Chrome then click “Settings” then “Tools” and “Extensions“
- Then click Chromium plugins / add-ons then select “Trash Icon” to remove the extension entry
- If the browser home page has been changed by Chromium, then go to “Settings”
- Then in the “On startup” menu select the option “Open a specific page or set of page” then click “Set page”
- Then remove suspicious website addresses by clicking the “X” button
- Then enter a website address that you want as the browser front page, for example, Google
- If so, open the “Settings” menu again, then select “Manage Search Engine” in the “Search” menu.
- Then delete searches for suspicious websites
- If so, now reset Google Chrome by opening the “Settings” menu then selecting “Reset Browser Settings”
- Finally, click “Reset” to confirm restart settings
So so that you don’t become the next victim, you need to be careful in downloading software, especially software from unclear websites.
Especially from websites that don’t use an SSL certificate for security. SSL allows sending data from the server to the client safely so that it is protected from malware and the like.
Difference between Google Chrome and Chromium
Although both of them come from Google, the two browsers have some differences. To help you differentiate between Chromium and Google Chrome, please refer to our explanation below.
1. Automatic Update
If you want to update Chrome, then you have to use Google Update Windows so that later Google Chrome can run the latest version.
Meanwhile, you can’t do that on Chromium. On Linux distributions, you have to update them manually because the updates are made in a specific package.
2. Usage Statistics and Crash Reports
Google Chrome already has a feature that will provide information about crash reports and usage statistics. These features are related to the operating system, device information, settings, and others.
A useful feature to prevent Google Chrome from crashing . However, this feature is not found on Chromium.
3. Sandbox support
The third difference is the sandbox support between Google Chrome and Chromium. Sandbox is a security feature to separate running programs.
Usually, the sandbox will be used when you want to test unverified programs in which it is possible for viruses. Even though they both have sandbox support, it turns out that there are differences between the two.
For Google Chrome, the Sandbox feature will be automatically activated when you install the application. While on Chromium, you can enable or disable this feature even though it only applies to some Linux distributions.
That’s how to permanently remove stubborn Chromium. As we know, Chromium is an open source browser application developed by The Chromium Project.
This application can also be run on several platforms such as those owned by Google Chrome.
For those of you who are programmers, you can tinker with Chromium to make it your own version of the browser. As it’s previously mentioned that it’s open source so its nature to be modified.
But if it’s for regular browsing use, it’s better to just use Google Chrome.