Google Chrome gets new 'cleanup' tools on Windows

The new cleanup settings allow users to remove hijacked' settings as well as remove harmful extensions.

Unwanted software impacts the browsing experience of millions of web users every day. Effects of this harmful software are often quite subtle — search results are modified to redirect users to other pages or additional ads are injected in the pages that users visit. But in some cases, the changes are so severe that they can make the web unusable—people are redirected to unwanted sites full of ads, and it can be next to impossible to navigate away from these pages.

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers and already has various tools to help people avoid unwanted software. Now, there are new additions to this collection of tools with the latest update for Chrome browser.

Hijacked settings detection

Some extensions may change your settings without notifying the user. With the latest update, when Chrome detects that user settings have been changed without user consent, it will offer to restore the modified settings. Google says that this feature has already helped millions of people recover from unwanted settings.

New Chrome cleanup tool

Sometimes when you download software or other content, it might bundle unwanted software as part of the installation process without any notification. To counter that, the Chrome Cleanup feature alerts users when it detects unwanted software and offers a quick way to remove the software and return Chrome to its default settings. The cleanup tool has an updated and simpler to ease the process.

A more powerful Cleanup engine

Google has worked with ESET to combine their detection engine with Chrome’s sandbox technology, which can help detect as well as remove more unwanted software than ever before.

If you have been waiting for these features to go live on Chrome, then keep looking for your Chrome browser to update automatically.


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