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Has anoyone else suddenly had a new browser called Chromium randomly installed on their PCs?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Juelz, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

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    Its obviously associated with Google chrome, but why this has randomly appeared on my desktop has got me curious as I haven't personally downloaded it, also its very annoying as I can close it down all I want it will pop up as soon as I start my computer with whatever I was looking at in the regular chrome browser displayed within this browser...
     
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  2. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

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    Sorry mate, never heard of it. What does Google say about it?
     
  3. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    See if there is anything in event viewer to show the installation date?

    But Im sure a few weeks back I heard that this was some form of spyware, I cant remember from where but if I were you and you didnt willingly install it Id be taking it off the computer

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  4. Haroon Mustafa

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    Google created Chromium and it is mostly used in Linux machines. Its similar to Google Chrome but i think made easier to install for Linux OS
     
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  5. Juelz

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    From a quick google search I get conflicting things, I've removed it now (wasn't easy to get rid of) some people are calling it malware
     
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  6. KanduIT-Scott

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    I think it is a cut down version of Chrome, I've only ever seen it on Linux and hadn't thought of it as spyware before. This article might help ( I can't post links yet so will add spaces) ->howtogeek. com/202825/what%E2%80%99s-the-difference-between-chromium-and-chrome/

    It seems that Google used it as the foundation for Chrome. With it being open source I suppose it is possible that someone developed some malware based on the initial code ? I'm only guessing though
     

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