How To Uninstall Chromium (2022)

You may be familiar with Google Chrome, but there’s another Google-affiliated browser you might not have heard of: Chromium. Chromium is the open-source alternative to Chrome, sharing much of its code base. Chromium’s browser engine is also used for other well-known browsers like Microsoft Edge.

Unfortunately, the Chromium browser has found itself being used for malicious reasons. Unless you download it from the Chromium project website, you may find it bundled with malware and other dangerous content, leaving it unable to be removed. If you want to uninstall it, here’s how to uninstall Chromium.

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    How To Uninstall Chromium Using Windows Settings

    If you installed Chromium yourself (using a software installer), you shouldn’t have much trouble removing it using the Windows Settings menu.

    • To start, right-click the Windows start menu and click Settings.
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    • In the Windows Settings window, press Apps > Apps & Features. In the search bar, search for Chromium.
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    • Click the Chromium entry, then press Uninstall > Uninstall to remove the browser.
    • In the Uninstall Chromium window, click the Also delete your browsing data checkbox to ensure that all personal data is removed when you remove the browser. Click Uninstall to begin the removal process.
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    The uninstall process should only take a few seconds to complete. Once it’s completed, the Chromium entry should be removed from the Apps & features list and should be completely uninstalled at this point.

    Manually Uninstall Chromium Using Windows File Explorer

    While Chromium can be installed, it can also come bundled as a ZIP file or included with other software. This means it may not appear in Windows Settings for you to uninstall Chromium automatically.

    This is likely to be the case if Chromium has been included as part of an adware or malware package. You’ll need to first locate the Chromium installation folder using Windows File Explorer, then remove it (and other remnants) manually.

    • To do this, open Windows File Explorer and, using the search bar, type Chromium.exe or Chrome.exe. This will search your PC for the Chromium browser executable file (and the Chromium installation directory). You’ll be able to determine the difference between the Google Chrome and Chromium executables by looking at the logo color—Chromium uses an all-blue logo, while Chrome uses red, yellow, and green.
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    • The search may take some time to complete. Once Windows File Explorer has found the correct file, right-click the entry in the search results and press Open file location.
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    • This will open the folder with the Chromium executable file. You may want to use the path URL bar at the top to move up by one or two folders until you can see the main Chromium folder. Right-click this, then press Delete to delete it from your PC.
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    • If you can’t delete the Chromium folder, it may be because the software itself is still open. Right-click the task bar and press Task Manager to resolve this.
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    • In the Task Manager window, locate the Chromium process. Right-click the entry, then press End task to force it to close. Repeat the steps above to remove the Chromium folder once Chromium has been closed.
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    • Once deleted, you’ll then need to permanently delete the Chromium folder by emptying your Recycle Bin. Locate the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop, then right-click > Empty Recycle Bin to completely remove it.
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    Using Third Party Software Remove Software To Uninstall Chromium

    Manually removing Chromium is one option to deal with a rogue installation of this open source browser, but if you’re struggling, you may prefer to use third-party software to remove it instead.

    For instance, you could use the open-source Bulk Crap Uninstaller to remove Chromium from your PC. This will help you find and locate software that you would otherwise be unable to remove (like Chromium).

    • Download and install the Bulk Crap Uninstaller to begin. When it first runs, it will scan your files and Windows Registry entries to find installed software on your PC. In the Welcome to BCUninstaller introduction window, select your language, then click Continue to proceed.
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    • Confirm your program settings at each stage. For instance, if you want to highlight certified installers (with appropriate software certificates), click the Highlight certified uninstallers checkbox before clicking Continue.
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    • Once you’ve confirmed your settings, click the Finish setup button.
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    • A list of installed software will appear in the main Bulk Crap Uninstaller apps list. You can scroll through this manually, or use the Search bar in the top-left to search for Chromium.
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    • The Bulk Crap Uninstaller should narrow your list down to show only the Chromium entry. If you trust the included Chromium uninstaller, right-click and press Uninstall. Otherwise, right-click and press Uninstall manually to allow the Bulk Crap Uninstaller to remove it for you. This is probably the better option if you suspect Chromium has been installed with malware.
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    • If you select the Uninstall manually option, the process of removing Chromium will begin. A list of potentially leftover folders, files, and Windows Registry entries will appear in the Leftover removal window first.
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    • If the software is confident that it is safe to remove these entries, it will automatically select them, giving them a Very Good or Good confidence rating. For other entries (labelled Questionable), it isn’t sure whether removing these is safe, but you can select them anyway by clicking the checkbox next to the entry. Once you’re happy to proceed, click the Delete selected button.
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    • The Bulk Crap Uninstaller will attempt to delete the files, folders, and Windows Registry entries that it detected. If Chromium is still running, it’ll ask you to forcefully close it—click Kill all to do this.
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    • Click OK in the Terminate running processes data loss warning window to terminate the running Chromium processes.
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    • The Bulk Crap Uninstaller will ask you if you want to create a Windows Registry backup first, allowing you to roll-back any changes if the wrong entries are removed. Click Create to do this, or Don’t create to continue without creating a backup.
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    • The Bulk Crap Uninstaller will begin uninstalling Chromium at this point, regenerating the software list once the process has completed. The Chromium entry will be removed from the installed software list at this point, allowing you to confirm that the software has been removed.
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    With Chromium uninstalled, you may wish to run a malware scan using Windows Security or your own antivirus or antimalware provider to ensure that any bundled malware has been removed completely.

    Removing Unwanted Software On Windows 10

    Once you know how to uninstall Chromium, you don’t need to panic if the browser pops up again. In many cases, uninstalling it from the Windows settings menu should be enough, but you may need to use your antivirus software or a third-party removal app like Bulk Crap Uninstaller to deal with the problem for you.

    If you’re using Windows Security, you can set up a scanning schedule to help protect you against malware issues automatically. If that doesn’t work, and you can’t rid yourself of rogue software, you may need to think about resetting Windows to start again with a clean slate—just be careful what apps you download in the future.

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    FAQs

    Should you Uninstall Chromium? ›

    In and of itself, Chromium is not malware and should not be removed immediately. We recommend investigating your process, as well as the Chromium folder to see any red flags that could point to a malware attack. There are certain types of malware that are capable of disguising themselves as software, incuding browsers.

    Why is Chromium on my computer? ›

    Chromium is the source code for what became the Chrome browser. When Google released Chrome in 2008, it also released the Chromium code. The Chromium project is now managed by The Chromium Projects and is designed for developers to create a faster, more stable and safer form for web browsing.

    Why can't I remove Chromium from my computer? ›

    Follow the steps mentioned below to fix the can't uninstall Chromium error: #1) Right-click on the taskbar and click on “Task Manager”, as shown in the image below. #2) Now, right-click on the Chromium icon and click on “Open file location”. #3) Select all files and press the “delete” button from the keyboard.

    Is Chromium always a virus? ›

    No, the Chromium browser is not itself a virus. Chromium browser is legitimate and was developed by Google. Yet, when downloaded from an unknown source, it can be fake. A hacker can use a fake Chromium browser to control your apps, extensions, and even steal your data.

    Can Chromium harm your computer? ›

    Although the Chromium virus does not damage your computer's system, it can influence your browsing and put you at risk for more extreme viruses. To help ensure your computer is protected against these threats, try Panda Security's Free Antivirus.

    Is Chromium a spyware? ›

    What is Chromium? Chromium is an open-source web browser project. Although Chromium project itself is legitimate, it is often misused as a platform for malicious web browsers categorized as adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUP). Most infiltrate systems without users' permission.

    Why Chromium uses so much RAM? ›

    Chrome splits every tab, plugin and extension into its own process. This leads to higher RAM usage since it has to duplicate some tasks for every tab.

    Can I uninstall edge Chromium? ›

    However, since Microsoft Edge is based on the Chromium project, you can uninstall it with Command Prompt using a process similar to the one to remove Google Chrome with command lines.

    How do I stop Chromium from installing? ›

    You can block Microsoft Edge Chromium from installing on your Windows 10 computer via a registry hack.
    1. Open Registry Editor.
    2. Go to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft.
    3. Locate the EdgeUpdate key.
    4. Create a value named – DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium.
    5. Change the newly generated DWORD data value to 1.
    6. Restart the computer.
    5 Jun 2020

    Do I need Chromium If I have Chrome? ›

    Chrome is built on Chromium, which means that Google developers take the open-source Chromium source code and add their proprietary code. For example, Chrome has an automatic update feature, is capable of tracking browsing data, and, until recently, included built-in support for Flash—all of which Chromium lacks.

    How do I stop Chromium from running in the background? ›

    Stop Google Chrome Running in Background After Closing
    1. On the Settings screen, scroll down and click on Advanced.
    2. In Advanced settings, Scroll down to 'System' section and disable Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed option by moving the toggle to OFF position.

    Is Chromium a Trojan? ›

    Note that Chromium virus is not related to Chrome and open-source web projects. The latter project is entirely legitimate and doesn't contain any malicious codes. It is open to anyone who wants to create a customized browser, however, just like any other open-source tool, it gets exploited by malevolent people.

    What are the dangers of Chromium? ›

    When inhaled, chromium compounds are respiratory tract irritants and can cause pulmonary sensitization. Chronic inhalation of Cr(VI) compounds increases the risk of lung, nasal, and sinus cancer. Severe dermatitis and usually painless skin ulcers can result from contact with Cr(VI) compounds.

    Why is Chromium so toxic? ›

    Hexavalent chromium, also called chromium(VI), is hemotoxic, genotoxic, and carcinogenic. When hexavalent chromium enters the bloodstream, it damages blood cells by causing oxidation reactions. This oxidative damage can lead to hemolysis and, ultimately, kidney and liver failure.

    Which is better Chromium or Chrome? ›

    The Google Chrome browser is the better web browser for general internet use. If you're a developer, Chromium is a better resource for testing new features or creating a new browser. Is Chromium Safer Than Chrome? The standard version of Chromium is less secure than Chrome and equally private.

    What is the difference between Chrome and Chromium? ›

    Chromium is an open-source and free web browser that is managed by the Chromium Project. In comparison, Google Chrome is a proprietary browser developed and managed by Google. Unlike Chromium, Google Chrome offers built-in support for media codecs like MP3, H. 264, and AAC, as well as Adobe Flash.

    Which is safer Chrome or Chromium? ›

    Does Chromium Have Security Issues? Chromium has all of the same security strengths and weaknesses as the more stable Chrome browser. Since Chromium is updated far more frequently, it receives security patches before Chrome does. The issue with Chromium is that it lacks any kind of automatic update feature.

    Why is Chromium running in the background? ›

    One feature allows for Edge Chromium to run processes in the background, even after it is closed. Microsoft does this to allow for the browser to launch and load faster as well as allow for notifications and more to continue while the app is closed.

    What apps use Chromium? ›

    Microsoft Edge, Samsung Internet, Opera, and many other browsers are based on the Chromium code. Moreover, significant portions of the code are used by several app frameworks.

    Does Chromium send data to Google? ›

    In conclusion, yes. Chromium in fact does share your information with Google.

    Why is Google Chrome eating my RAM? ›

    Adding to the amount of RAM usage in Chrome are plugins and extensions. Each plugin or extension you add to Google Chrome requires resources to run. The more extensions you have installed, the more RAM Chrome needs to run. Pre-rendering is a notable example.

    Which browser uses least RAM? ›

    Which Browser Uses the Least RAM?
    • Web Browser #1: Microsoft Edge.
    • Web Browser #2: Opera.
    • Web Browser #3: Brave.
    • Web Browser #4: Mozilla Firefox.
    • Web Browser #5: Google Chrome.
    30 Jul 2022

    Does Chromium use as much RAM as Chrome? ›

    1 Answer. Chromium and Chrome are (usually) on par for memory usage with the caveat that Chromium can sometimes be just a step or two ahead of Google Chrome.

    Is Microsoft Edge the same as Chromium? ›

    The new Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features, it's the only browser you'll ever need.

    What is the difference between Edge and Edge Chromium? ›

    Comparing Edge Chromium vs. Edge. Microsoft Edge Chromium adopts many common interface characteristics in Google Chrome, including the layout of tabs, task manager, navigation bar, three-dot (Settings and more) menu and more. However, Edge includes its own suite of services rather than those included with Chrome.

    How do I Uninstall and reinstall Edge Chromium? ›

    Proceed in the same sequence as mentioned.
    1. Step 1: Uninstall Microsoft Edge. Launch File Explorer on your PC and head over to the below location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application. ...
    2. Step 2: Delete Microsoft Edge User Data Files. ...
    3. Step 3: Reinstall Microsoft Edge.
    17 Mar 2022

    Can I disable Chromium on startup? ›

    Remove Chrome from Startup Programs

    You just start Task Manager by holding CTRL, SHIFT, and ESC. Then, find the Startup Tab, click on Chrome if it is on the list, and click Disable at the bottom-right corner of the window.

    What browsers dont use Chromium? ›

    Additionally, you can consider going for Chrome extensions which will allow you to access some amazing features to make your web experience even better.
    • Opera. Vivaldi Browser. ...
    • Vivaldi. Opera Neon. ...
    • Microsoft Edge. Brave Browser. ...
    • Brave Browser. Opera GX. ...
    • SRWARE Iron. Epic Privacy Browser. ...
    • Epic Browser. ...
    • Comodo Dragon.
    14 Oct 2020

    What is the safest browser to use? ›

    Secure Browsers
    • Firefox. Firefox is a robust browser when it comes to both privacy and security. ...
    • Google Chrome. Google Chrome is a very intuitive internet browser. ...
    • Chromium. Google Chromium is the open-source version of Google Chrome for people who want more control over their browser. ...
    • Brave. ...
    • Tor.

    Do I need Chromium If I have Chrome? ›

    Chrome is built on Chromium, which means that Google developers take the open-source Chromium source code and add their proprietary code. For example, Chrome has an automatic update feature, is capable of tracking browsing data, and, until recently, included built-in support for Flash—all of which Chromium lacks.

    Do I need Chromium? ›

    Chromium is an essential trace mineral. It's recommended that males 19-50 years old consume 35 mcg daily, and those 51 years and older consume 30 mcg daily. For females, it's recommended that those 19-50 years old consume 25 mcg daily, and those 51 years and older consume 20 mcg daily.

    Do I need Chromium to run Chrome? ›

    Chrome is a proprietary browser, developed and managed by Google Inc. Chrome is built on Chromium. It uses Chromium's source code, with a few additional features. Chrome is a free-to-use web browser, but you cannot make changes to its source code to develop a new program from it.

    Can Chromium harm your computer? ›

    Although the Chromium virus does not damage your computer's system, it can influence your browsing and put you at risk for more extreme viruses. To help ensure your computer is protected against these threats, try Panda Security's Free Antivirus.

    Which is better Chromium or Chrome? ›

    The Google Chrome browser is the better web browser for general internet use. If you're a developer, Chromium is a better resource for testing new features or creating a new browser. Is Chromium Safer Than Chrome? The standard version of Chromium is less secure than Chrome and equally private.

    What browsers dont use Chromium? ›

    Additionally, you can consider going for Chrome extensions which will allow you to access some amazing features to make your web experience even better.
    • Opera. Vivaldi Browser. ...
    • Vivaldi. Opera Neon. ...
    • Microsoft Edge. Brave Browser. ...
    • Brave Browser. Opera GX. ...
    • SRWARE Iron. Epic Privacy Browser. ...
    • Epic Browser. ...
    • Comodo Dragon.
    14 Oct 2020

    What is the difference between Chromium and Chrome browser? ›

    Chromium is an open-source and free web browser that is managed by the Chromium Project. In comparison, Google Chrome is a proprietary browser developed and managed by Google. Unlike Chromium, Google Chrome offers built-in support for media codecs like MP3, H. 264, and AAC, as well as Adobe Flash.

    Which is safer Chrome or chromium? ›

    Does Chromium Have Security Issues? Chromium has all of the same security strengths and weaknesses as the more stable Chrome browser. Since Chromium is updated far more frequently, it receives security patches before Chrome does. The issue with Chromium is that it lacks any kind of automatic update feature.

    Does chromium collect your data? ›

    Chromium collects about as much of your data as Chrome does. Google Safe Browsing gathers data about the websites you visit for security purposes, and Chromium still uses your data to create personalized ads.

    Do all browsers use Chromium? ›

    The Chromium codebase is widely used. Microsoft Edge, Samsung Internet, Opera, and many other browsers are based on the Chromium code. Moreover, significant portions of the code are used by several app frameworks.
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    Chromium (web browser)
    Chromium 103.0.5020.0 in 2022
    Websitewww.chromium.org/Home
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    Does Chromium use as much RAM as Chrome? ›

    1 Answer. Chromium and Chrome are (usually) on par for memory usage with the caveat that Chromium can sometimes be just a step or two ahead of Google Chrome.

    Why Chromium uses so much RAM? ›

    Chrome splits every tab, plugin and extension into its own process. This leads to higher RAM usage since it has to duplicate some tasks for every tab.

    Is Chromium a spyware? ›

    What is Chromium? Chromium is an open-source web browser project. Although Chromium project itself is legitimate, it is often misused as a platform for malicious web browsers categorized as adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUP). Most infiltrate systems without users' permission.

    What is Chromium browser virus? ›

    The Chromium virus is a malicious program that is based on the open-source browser project known as Chromium. The Chromium virus can get installed inside your PC without asking for your approval and secretly take the place of your regular Chrome browser. The chromium virus in the task manager.

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