Criminals use Chromium project to develop fake versions of Google Chrome
Chromium virus can be defined as a bogus version of Chrome browser developed by cybercriminals. Once a free access to the source code of Google Chrome was given, people were able to launch their own browsers using open-source Chromium project.
Researchers noted that today, Chromium adware spreads widely and users should be aware of the possible consequences, which may arise afterward. If you noticed any issues related to your Chrome browser, immediately scan your computer using a reliable security software.
Moreover, the project is entirely legitimate, but malevolent people can take advantage of an open-source tool to create and distribute fake browsers. Computer users may not even notice that their original Chrome browser is slightly different.
Typically, the potentially unwanted program (PUP) may overwrite the verified browser shortcuts and set fake Chrome version as a default search engine or homepage.
Afterwards, it promotes annoying advertisements or redirects to less than reliable sites. Once the user clicks on the ads or content displayed in a rogue page, s/he risks getting infected with various types of malicious programs.
Since developers of fake versions invest a lot of effort in order to make their copies look genuine, people are often misled when identifying the cause of intrusive ads or redirects to suspicious websites that Chromium virus generates.
Several best-known bogus versions of Chrome
There are many deceptive Chromium virus variants out here. Below, you can see a list of the most prevalent ones.
These apps may claim to improve your browsing experience and offer “handy tools” to provide the functionality of your favorite social networking sites or even increase your security.
It is just a deceptive marketing trick to lure users into installing the adware. Instead, these fake browsers collect browsing-related data, that can be personally identifiable and cause serious privacy issues.
Therefore, if you noticed continuous pop-ups or other unwanted behavior, you can check the “About” section of your Chrome browser. It should open and display Google Chrome name.
If it fails to launch, we suggest seeking for unauthorized browser extensions or other unknown programs installed on your computer in order to remove so-called Chromium virus.
Potentially unwanted program infiltrates via quick installation of regular app
Developers of deceptive applications aim to generate revenue by promoting potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) via Quick/Recommended settings during the installation process.
Rushing users aim to finish the download/installation quickly and are unable to detect the presence of adware, which is hidden among “Optional Components” of free software.
Therefore, you should always opt for Custom/Advanced settings and carefully follow the steps of installation. If you are offered to install bundled apps from unauthorized developers, un-tick the box and do not permit the PUP to infiltrate.
Moreover, fake versions of Chrome can be promoted in suspicious websites or advertisements. Thus, you should avoid clicking on them in order to protect yourself from the hijack.
If you have already been infected, our IT specialists recommend downloading a security software from trusted sources and running a system check (choose full system scan option). It will quickly detect the compromised data and remove Chroomium virus. We advise looking for security software recommendations on 2-Spyware website.