Is Chromium Browser a Virus? How to Remove it?

Is Chromium Browser a Virus?

Chromium is an open-sourced legitimate web browser developed by Google. Most of the users suspect that it is a virus as they find the browser on their PCs but they have no idea how it got there.

Chromium is a legitimate browser that was developed by Google to offer the source code for the Chrome Browser.

But its features can be manipulated by browser hijackers or malware writers to push malicious code to Windows Computers, laptops or desktops.

If you have a program or software called Chromium on your device and you have not installed it, then probably your system is infected with a browser hijacker.

Browser hijackers are a sort of program that are designed for modifying the web browser settings without the user’s consent or knowledge.

How to test whether Chromium is a virus or not?

If the browser hijacker is installed on your device (PC) the common symptoms include:-

  • The default page of the Chromium browser is different.
  • The web browser is filled with irrelevant search results.
  • By default, the Chromium browser is installed on the PC.
  • There is an increase in the number of pop-ups or advertisements.
  • Your device (PC) runs slow and CPU usage is always high.
  • Installed programs or applications cannot be launched.

How does Chromium Virus infect your System?

No matter you use Chromium or not, the Virus can infect your device and can get it compromised. There are multiple ways a Virus can use to enter your system. Some of these may include:

  • A fake or false alert asking you to upgrade your web browser or other programs.
  • Downloading a freeware or shareware that has it bundled.
  • A malicious mail attachment.

In some cases, you will get to know that you have downloaded Chromium. In other cases, the download shows up later on.

Follow these steps to Remove Chrome from Windows 7, 8 or 10: 

  • Click on the “Start” button.
  • Choose the “Control Panel”. If you can’t see it, you can search for it on the Search bar.
  • Click on “Programs and Features”.
  • Next choose “Uninstall a Program”, select Chromium, or other suspicious applications recently installed by you.

Follow these steps to Remove Chrome from Windows XP

  • Click on the “Start” button.
  • Choose Settings.
  • Choose the “Control Panel”. If you can’t see it, you can search for it on the Search bar.
  • Click on “Add or Remove Programs” and Remove Chromium.

Google confirms the Covid-19 move that will impact all its users. 

Amidst the Corona Virus outbreak, the tech giant has made a move to pause all the Chrome updates until further notice.

On 26th March 2020, the Tech Giant had officially announced that it would (momentarily) pause Chrome OS updates due to the Covid-19 disrupting its workforce. Pausing Google Chrome updates would allow Google’s reduced task force to focus more on the aspects of user security.

On March 18, Google had officially announced that “Due to adjusted schedule we are pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases.”

The tech Giant further confirmed that it will “continue to prioritize any updates related to security” that will be included in Chrome 80.

According to a new Chromium blog, Google retracted that it will continue to launch its update on an adjusted schedule.

According to Statista, Chrome has snatched 64% of the market in the US; Safari comes second with only 15% of the market share. The most popular web browser rolls out updates every six weeks adding new features and functionalities.

The tech giant won’t be updating Chrome OS as of now; users will continue to receive security updates. Google has recently warned its developers that the Android app’s reviews will get delayed for 1 week due to Covid-19 related schedule adjustments.

The significance of the move 

Chrome 81 for desktops and Android was supposed to roll out new features in March 2017, including the release of features like Tab for improved usability.

The situation is not ideal for the releases; so you need to wait till things calm down and the taskforce return to the offices. This could take some days, months, or longer.

This can also be seen as a sensible or thoughtful move by the tech Giant to warn or protect its users from danger as a rising number of work-from-home utilizing Chrome web browsers.

The microbe continues its rampage on the tech industry, and this time it’s affecting the Chrome Updates as well. It has disrupted the workforce, caused them to work from home, and canceled conferences.

Though the company might be tech giant it does not stand a chance against this microscopic-shaped pathogen.

Despite the pauses and delays, we can’t help appreciating Google’s transparency and concession.

Microsoft following the footsteps of Google:

Google has officially announced that it would be halting the Chrome updates. The tech giant has stated that it would not stop the updates entirely, as the team would focus on security updates as a part of Chrome 80.

Google is not the only web crawler that’s rescheduling updates. Even Microsoft is doing the same thing by halting the updates for the Chromium-based- Edge web browser.

The Redmond-based software company tweeted that “the Edge team will pause updating the Stable Channel to Edge 81 consistent with the Chromium Project”. This reflects Google’s decision of keeping Chrome 81 in beta version momentarily, instead of updating it.

Like Google, the Redmond-based team would prioritize stability and security updates to Chrome 80. We really don’t know whether the Edge team is working on the updates. However, Microsoft says that it would share more on that font in the coming week.

The shifted focus would last for the time being as Microsoft and Google members choose to work from home and these international IT Companies attempt to balance between the product updates (releases) with the need to keep their workers safe.

Microsoft has decided to postpone planned shows (conferences), announcing that the Stack team would be skipping GDC and then declaring that Microsoft Build 2020 has been canceled.

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