Have you had this happen to you recently, your 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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