How to use Chrome browser’s inbuilt Malware Scanner & Cleanup Tool

Malware is one of the biggest evils of cybersecurity space. It comes in many forms, and the scale of the attack depends on the complexity of the malware. In a nutshell, a malware is mostly bad news and removing malware from your PC is not that easy. Google Chrome is arguably the most popular web browser and the unknown to many of us it comes baked in with a pretty effective malware scanner.

Google is striving hard to protect Chrome users from malware, and a large part of this effort has shaped up the malware scanner. Google claims that this malware scanner will protect users from ransomware, hijackers and other cyber attacks. The best part is that this malware scanner will scan not only your browsing data but also your entire computer for malware and other malicious programs.

Using Chrome’s Malware Scanner & Cleanup Tool

Now let us take some time and understand how to make use of the malware scanner on the Chrome browser. All one needs to do is open Chrome and enter the following address into the URL bar.

chrome://settings/cleanup

The scanning will start.

chrome malware scanner

You can also access it via Chrome > Settings > Advanced Settings > Scroll down till you see Clean up computer under Reset and cleanup.

This Chrome malware scanner will help you if:

  1. Pop-up ads and new tabs  won’t go away
  2. Your Chrome homepage or search engine keeps changing without your permission
  3. Unwanted Chrome extensions or toolbars keep coming back
  4. Your browsing is hijacked and redirects to unfamiliar pages or ads
  5. You receive alerts about a virus or an infected device.

After the completion of the scan Chrome will inform you if it finds anything that was harming your PC. Users can remove the same by using the scanner

If you find malware, then you may want to use the Reset settings option that is there.

This will reset your startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. It will also disable all extensions and clear temporary data like cookies. Your bookmarks, history, and saved passwords will not be cleared.

If you are not able to find the Chrome’s malware scanner make sure that you have updated the browser to the latest build. This can be done by Menu > Help > About Google Chrome.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.