Chrome Cleanup Tool earlier called Chrome Software Removal Tool or will help remove browser hijacks. If Chrome finds that your browser settings have been hijacked, it will offer to reset your entire browser settings. But seeing the increasing incidence of browser hijacks going around, all over, Google has made available for download, a tool that will scan for malware programs affecting the browser.
Chrome Cleanup Tool
This free tool from Google is a 4.4 MB download, that does not require to be installed. It is portable and can be run directly, once you have downloaded it. When you run the executable, it will scan for and remove any software that may cause problems with Chrome. If no suspicious programs are found, it will display the following message box.
You may if you wish, opt to send more information about the computer to Google or you may uncheck the box and click on Continue.
If you chose to send information, you should know that, inter alia, the following details will be sent – Environment data, Windows Version, App version, CPU Information, computer architecture, Processor vendor, details of malware software files found, detailed logs, and so on.
After you click on Continue, the tool will open your Chrome browser and offer to Reset browser settings. You may click on Reset or you may click Cancel. If malware was found, it would be recommended that you select the Reset option.
When you use this Reset Chrome option, it will disable any extensions, apps, themes you may have installed. If you’d like to reactivate any of your extensions after the reset, you can find and re-enable them by looking in the Chrome menu under More tools > Extensions. Apps are automatically re-enabled the next time you use them. It will reset your profile to the post-fresh-install state.
The Chrome Cleanup Tool doesn’t scan for all types of computer viruses. It instead only looks for programs that may cause trouble for Chrome – and they aren’t the typical malware that your antivirus software finds. Moreover, to discourage malware writers from changing the names of their programs, the Chrome Software Removal Tool does not reveal the names of the suspicious programs it finds. You’ll only see the number of programs detected.
You can download Chrome Cleanup Tool (earlier called Google Chrome Software Removal Tool) from google.com/chrome/cleanup-tool, if you think that your Chrome web browser may been compromised, and run it.
UPDATE: It has been discontinued now. You need to use Chrome’s Malware Scanner & Cleanup Tool.
Browser Hijacks appear to be increasing at an alarming rate globally, and it can be a real nuisance. If you find this happening regularly, you might want to scan your computer with your antivirus software and use one of these free toolbar removers and a powerful Browser Hijacker Removal Tool.