A reader just experienced a puzzling thing regarding her browser. “Recently Chromium appeared on my computer, as a program and also in the start-up menu.  I did not order it to my knowledge and don’t want it.  I removed it totally from my system.  At the same time Bing pops up when I go to the internet and not Firefox, I don\’t mind that as much since I like the Bing screensavers and the topics for the day are OK, but I could do without them.  Is this what caused me to have Chromium?”

I can tell you that Bing as your home page in Firefox and Chromium are in no way connected under normal circumstances.  Bing is not a browser. In this case, it’s likely your home page or your default search engine. Chromium isn’t connected to either Bing or Firefox.  Chromium is an open-source version of Google Chrome. It’s a stripped- down version of Chrome. But there are fake versions of Chrome that are actually malware. If you didn’t install Chromium, it’s likely that this is a piece of malware.  That makes me wonder if the homepage you’ve been directed to is legitimately Bing or a fake Bing set up by malware that redirects your search engine and homepage. So here’s what we’re going to do.

Go to add-remove programs and get rid of Chromium and anything else recently installed that you didn’t approve. Open Firefox, click the three-line menu button and choose Add-ons to check for recent installations you didn’t approve.

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Click remove to get rid of anything unwanted.

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Now to make sure you have the homepage and default search engine you like, click the options button from the drop-down menu.

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First, click on General on the far left. Under Startup, you’ll want to select what shows up when you open your browser and select a homepage. Even if you want Bing, type in the address yourself to make sure some type of malware hasn’t directed you to a spoof site.

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Now, choose Search at the left.

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You can then choose your default search engine.

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I hope this helps get things back to the way you like them.

~ Cynthia