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There are many problems that make Google chrome not working and a very common issue is Chrome viruses. These are malware programs that can compromise your personal data or steal sensitive information and there are different types of it. For an inexperienced user these do not appear conspicuous and the longer it remains in your system the more harm it can cause. Here we will discuss in detail about Chrome.exe virus which is the generic name for Poweliks trojan, a malware used by cybercriminals disguised as Chrome.exe (32) bit or dllhost.exe or cmmon32.exe.
Chrome.exe (32 bit) is a process run by the google chrome browser and it opens a number of these processes in the task manager. For example, the more tabs you open in the browser the more Chrome.exe (32 bit) processes are executed and in normal circumstances it requires a small percentage of system resources. However, with Poweliks trojan it opens many such processes and uses almost all of the system resources, lowering the system performance and chrome keeps crashing windows 10.
The Chrome.exe (32 bit) process is executed only when the browser is open, but Poweliks runs it on system startup and even when the browser is not open. They do not create any files on the system and you can identify them. A genuine Chrome process by right clicking on one in the task manager and selecting the “Open File Location” and will always be placed in “C:\ProgramFiles(x86)\Google\Chrome\Application” folder. So, if you happen to observe any processes located elsewhere can be malicious. If your system is slow and the task manager shows many Chrome.exe (32 bit) processes then your system must be infected with the Trojan.Poweliks.
The Poweliks Trojan is used by cyber criminals to generate fraudulent advertising revenue by delivering intrusive pop ups and ads that are irrelevant to what you’re browsing. Besides, these ads direct to malicious websites, run unwanted scripts resulting in downloading and installing of malware. So, inexperienced users usually click on it and this result in severe infection from potentially unwanted programs (PUP). It collects personal information, sends them to PUP developers and they sell these data to third parties for money. This personal data can be further misused to generate revenue and hence results in serious privacy concerns for the user.
The best way to avoid them is to prevent clicking on unwanted pop-ups or only visit websites that are safe and secure. If you observe a drop in system performance or google chrome not working after visiting a suspicious website, run a full system scan with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware program immediately.
Keeping in mind the above details, it is advised to practice safe browsing habits and be cautious when visiting shady websites.