Although Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender to protect your computer and files against viruses, spyware, ransomware, and many other types of malware, a lot of people aren’t aware that Google Chrome also comes with an anti-malware tool that adds another layer of protection.
The tool is known as Chrome Cleanup, and it’s basically an extension designed by the ESET antivirus software company. Chrome Cleanup works automatically, but it’s not constantly running on your device. Instead, it periodically scans and removes any potentially unwanted or malicious software that may be injecting ads, pop-ups, or harming your device in any way.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to perform a manual scan and remove unwanted software that may be installed on your Windows 10 device and could be affecting your experience with Chrome.
How to remove malware using Chrome Cleanup tool
To scan and remove unwanted software from your device using the Chrome Cleanup tool, use these steps:
Click the hamburger button in the top-right corner and click on Settings.
Click the Settings button in the top-left corner and click on Advanced.
Click on System.
Under the “Reset and clean up” section, click the Clean up computer button.
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Click the Find button.
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Once you completed the steps, the Chrome tool powered by ESET will scan your computer for unwanted software that may be injecting ads, pop-ups, and another type of malware.
Although the Chrome Cleanup isn’t a replacement for a traditional real-time anti-malware solution, it offers an extra layer of protection against unwanted software that could harm your online experience.