25 May 2018

Over the past 9 years, Google Chrome has become one of the best and most popular web browsers in the world. The major reason for its swift rise has been Google’s focus on security. Currently, protecting Chrome users from malware is the topmost priority. Chrome can protect you from ransomware, hijackers and other unpleasant extends beyond the browser itself.

Chrome can actually scan your entire computer for malware similar to how a standalone antivirus program does. Let’s see how you can do it.

Open Chrome and type the following in to the address bar at the top: chrome://settings/cleanup. This is what you get when you do that:

Click the bottom button and Chrome will start scanning your computer. The behind-the-scenes malware detection is actually handled by ESET, a highly-regarded IT security company based in Slovakia.

The scanner however doesn’t just look for things like ransomware and other Trojans or viruses. As per Google’s policy they look for all kinds of “unwanted software,” which can include apps that you might not realize you installed, apps that upload your data to remote servers without your knowledge or even apps that aren’t honest about what they’re doing.

Chrome Cleanup is a convenient additional layer of protection against malware. If you are using Chrome as your web browser, it is important to run a scan every now and then just to get a second opinion about the state of your computer’s security.

Keep in mind that Chrome Cleanup is an on-demand only scanner. It does not offer real-time protection like a traditional anti-malware app does.

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