Chrominio Message Center virus: delivers a fake pop-up which offers to update Chromium

Chrominio virus spreading deceptive messages encouraging users to get unverified programs

Recently, eSolutions came across with the Chrominio Message Center virus which is generating fraudulent pop-ups to trick people into giving up personal information or unconsciously purchasing the unreliable software. Likewise, cybersecurity experts refer this malware to Chrominio scam because of phishing schemes used in its activity.

Chrominio Message Center message seems to be related to adware-type program spreading around in a bundle with other free programs. Unfortunately, we cannot specify the name of this ad-supported virus. However, if your computer is actively delivering false update messages and other commercial content while browsing the Internet, you should check it for adware.

The key thing why people fall for by Chrominio Message is that the window of the message cannot be simply closed. In other terms, the user is offered to install the new version of Chromium without the possibility to reject the proposal. Also, the alert looks exceptionally legitimate and safe — another social engineering technique by criminals to disguise scam.

The dangers of Chrominio Message Center virus

As we have already mentioned, Chrominio Message Center virus offers to install Chromium update while in reality it is designed to trick users into letting the following suspicious software in:

  • Add-ons;
  • Extensions;
  • System optimization tools;
  • File converters;
  • Toolbars, etc.

Unfortunately, none of the delivered programs are reliable. In fact, they might be potentially dangerous and either redirect to hazardous websites or generate even more malicious ads and help infect the system with malware. Thus, even though Chrominio Message Center virus can’t make essential system changes, it might indirectly put your computer’s security at risk.

Additionally, ads by Chrominio Message Center virus are customized according to the interest of the user. This happens when the PUP gathers non-personally identifiable information, including geolocation, browsing history, frequently visited pages and more. Such activity is risky since the collected data may involve information which could, in fact, identify you and lead to severe privacy-related issues.

Ways to protect your PC

Adware which is hiding behind the Chrominio scam is distributed via bundling technique. This is a widely known marketing trick which helps the developers of potentially unwanted programs to not only spread their products but also generate pay-per-click and pay-per-install revenue. Fortunately, there are multiple tips which can help you protect your system against these cyber threats:

  1. Get a professional security tool and keep it up-to-date;
  2. Update your OS regularly;
  3. Download programs only from official sites and use a direct link if possible;
  4. Always read Terms of Use, EULA, and Privacy Policy;
  5. Reject Quick or Recommended settings on the installation wizard;
  6. Pick Custom or Advanced more and carefully follow the procedure;
  7. Search for optional components which are pre-selected without your permission;
  8. Un-check those pre-selected boxes and run a full system scan with an antivirus.
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