Chromium is an open-source browser project created by Google, which is a platform that can be downloaded by anyone, modified, and then compiled into a working web browser. However, with this feature, it is usually not used for unwanted purposes, there are those who create modified versions of Chromium in order to display unwanted advertisements on a computer, some of them even leading to malicious sites that are likely to contain infectious content.

If your computer suddenly gets the blue Chromium browser icon showed up on the desktop and you did not install it manually, then you might suffer unwanted browser redirects, intrusive online advertisements display, and online browsing activities tacking, thereby putting your personal privacy and computer system security at risk.

How did the Chromium installation happen?

If you have not manually download Chromium by yourself, then it was most likely bundled with free software or a bunch of valued programs that cost little money.

How to avoid unwanted applications potentially

If an installation screen offers you Custom or Advanced installation options, it is a good idea to select these and view the items and checkbox clearly at the bottom of the screen.

If you have Neptune SystemCare installed, take good advantage of System Protection on the right of the panel. Make sure it turns on as green button. Then every time, if some third-party software tries to run itself or change the registry on your computer, you would get a pop-up notice which provides you some details to decide whether to open it.

How to uninstall Chromium on Windows 10

1. Uninstall the Chromium program using the Control Panel. If you want to learn more about how to remove a program on Windows 10, read How to uninstall a program completely on Windows 10.

-> Click the Start button and choose Control Panel.

-> Go to Programs and Features, find Chromium and click Uninstall/Organize.

-> Click Yes when asking if you want to remove.

2. Remove the unwanted extensions/plug-ins/add-ons from all the browsers you have.

Google Chrome:

-> Click the menu button on the right top of the screen and choose More Tools>Extensions.

-> Scroll down the extensions page really slowly and spot the tricky extensions that you do not remember downloading before. Click the Dump icon to delete them.

Mozilla Firefox:

-> Click the menu button on the right top of the screen and choose Add-ons.

-> Click Remove to delete the risky ones.

Microsoft Edge:

-> Click the menu button on the right top of the screen and choose Extensions.

-> Right-click on the unwanted ones and choose Uninstall from the drop menu.

3. Scan your computer

-> Run Windows Defender to scan whether there’s any infections or potentially malicious software.

-> Run Neptune SystemCare to clean the junk files, invalid registry keys that Chromium might leave.