What is the Chrome Cleanup Tool? Read this before using!

Have you had this happen to you recently, What is the chrome cleanup toolyour busy browsing away on your Google Chrome Browse and out of nowhere you get this pop-up that says something like “Google Chrome has found an unwanted program installed on your PC?

You should have it removed, and you can do this by downloading the “Chrome Cleanup Tool” which is a link to something awful!

That is just what happened to me the other day and when I saw it I thought to myself wow this is not something Google would do, this looks suspicious. Knowing all too well that this was most likely malware I did not nor would ever click on a link like this.

But I was curious, so I Googled it and low and behold there is such a tool, and come to find out, it’s a great free tool from Google that works on any PC’s or Laptops running Windows.

This tool works on the Chrome browser to clean out all the malware, spyware and so on from your files. Keep in mind that pop-up was still a bad link and one should never click on something like that. The only safe links are from trusted sites you visit.

Why Run the Chrome Cleanup Tool.


Now with all the activity, we do online these days our chance of being infected with some form of Malware, Adware, or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) is becoming more likely. Even if you are running Anti-Virus software, there is a chance that one will sneak by and show it’s ugly face. If you care to learn more about what Malware is all about click here to see my post explaining it.

What is the chrome cleanup tool

If you should run into a site telling you to download the tool, don’t it is built into the Browser, should you click on the link to download you will be taken to Google Chrome Extension where you can install the extension that will clean your PC, but from what I read about it, well, to say the least, they are having trouble with getting rid of it. It just keeps getting in the way so don’t do it! ☹

For the most part, if you’re running a good Anti-Virus program you should be safe, but it won’t hurt to run this program when I did it found a couple of items, even though I run a malware program on my machine.

So How do we go about running the tool?


Simple, open your Chrome Browser and in the upper right corner click “More” (the three dots in a row) > “Settings” > Scroll down to “Advanced” > click on down arrow > “Scroll to the bottom of the page” > click on “Clean up Computer” > click on “Find”.

What is the chrome cleanup tool

That’s it, now depending on the size and quantity of your files, this could take several minutes to run. When it’s complete, you will get a prompt asking to remove “unwanted software” or “Details”. Click on “Details”  > “Show files to be removed”. If you see something that you know to be a trusted file unselect it from the list, then click on “Remove” Google will now remove the files, set some settings to default, and turn off extensions.

If you want to turn your extensions back on go back to the upper right corner click on “More” > “More Tools” > “Extensions”. You will now a page of all the extension you have added where you can turn on the ones you trust and remove any of the ones you don’t trust or use anymore.

What is the chrome cleanup tool

There you have it a simple tool to clean out some of the garbage that collects from bad sites we visit over time and it’s right there in your Chrome browser, nothing to download.

So, what are your thoughts on this, have you come across this tool before, are you going to run it?

Let me know what you think about the Chrome Cleanup Tool in the comment section below.

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so if you have any question or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Kim

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Hello, my name is Kim and I am the owner of this site. I have been working with computers since they first became available to the public.I have built several computers over the years and enjoy helping others with their everyday computing. Should you have any questions about using your computer, or any other device, please leave me a note below in the comment section and I will be more than happy to help you out. Come back often for more tips and solutions to your every day computing.

10 Comments

  1. DianneBee

    Thanks for this info! I use Chrome a few times a week and sometimes I get notices from the computer that a page is stopping my browser from running, or a similar message.
    I usually restart the computer, but I will definitely try this Chrome clean up action.

    Reply
    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hi Dianne, yep that could be the problem and I get also get those occasionally. The browser can sometimes get overloaded with all the searching we and the best way is to do what you are doing by restarting your PC. I also like to completely shut down my PC’s a least once a week and then reboot, this will reset everything unlike just restarting your system.
      Thank you for stopping by and let me know if you need any help with any else!
      Kim

      Reply
  2. Orion

    Hi Kim, excellent article and sooo helpful, I am just running this clean up tool on my browser and awaiting for the results.
    Quick question though – I have several google accounts/ users – do I need to go to each account and do this cleanup? or is one time enough for ALL accounts?

    Reply
    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hello Orion, great to see you again! For the most part, it will clean up the stuff on your computer but for any malware, or adware that is related to the browser, you will want to run it for each user account if you have a separate browser for each one. For instance, I have a separate Chrome browser set up for each of my separate accounts, they have there own bookmarks and settings.
      I hope this helps, and if you have anything else you need help with, let me know!
      Kim

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  3. John

    Kim,
    Many times a pop up will lead to a bad connection. I have stayed away from them so far. This is another example of someone taking advantage of a good thing and taking you to something you do not want or need.
    Thanks for the information, I wish my son would listen an not click on popups.
    John

    Reply
    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hey John, I have yelled enough in my household that no one dares to click on anything (I think I have got them really scared now) LOL. But it sure keeps things running smoother.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Kim

      Reply
  4. Xavier Perez Sr.

    Cool information Kim, When I was a teacher assistant in the mid 90’s, the ESL Teacher I worked with taught me scan disk and disk defragmenter that have worked throughout these many years. While this took care of most of the early issues, it’s great to hear what Chrome has done for the average Joe to keep their system running efficiently and effectively. I have since evolved to Norton and their programs to maintain it’s operations. Thanks Kim great information, I will check it out.

    Reply
    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hey Xavier, great to see you, yes I thought it was cool that they added it too there browser, much easier for the average joe like you said. I also use Norton, have been for many, many years and it hasn’t let me down yet.
      Kim

      Reply
  5. Glenys

    What an interesting post. Working on the internet I often get unwanted messages and pop-ups. I normally consider them all malware. How interesting that you got a genuine pop up from Chrome Kim.

    I really like the quick steps that you took to establish is this a genuine messsge or just another Malware trying to harm my computer or my wallet?

    I am not running Chrone at the moment, but this is great advice for anyone that uses a Windows computer.

    Reply
    1. Kim (Post author)

      Hello Glenys, it’s a pleasure to see you again!
      It was made to look like it came from Google, which in reality it did not. It was definitely malware. That is good that consider any pop-up is malware because most likely they are. In fact, I will go as far to say that any pop-up beside the ones to sign up for the newsletter is definitely Malware!
      Kim

      Reply

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