Chrome Cleanup Tool is a native browser tool for detecting and removing software that can cause configuration problems and install dangerous malware on your computer. These programs, in general, are the extensions and add-ons installed on the Google browser. Chrome's cleaning tool can also solve other PC problems, such as pop-up windows that open automatically, invasive advertisements, and pages that open randomly.
Available only in the Windows version, the action can be simulated in macOS by restoring the original browser defaults and manually deleting suspicious software from the system. Check out how to use the Chrome Cleanup Tool to avoid problems with malicious software on your PC in the following tutorial.
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Tip shows how to use the Chrome Cleanup Tool to delete extensions and add-ons that are harming your computer Photo: Zngara Lofrano / TechTudo
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Step 1. Open Chrome and press the three dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Then go to "Definitions";
When accessing Chrome settings on a Windows 10 PC Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 2. Scroll the screen to the end and select "Advanced";
When accessing Chrome's advanced settings on a Windows 10 PC Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa
Step 3. Under "Reset and clean", check the "Clean your computer" option;
When accessing the Chrome Cleanup Tool usage screen on a Windows 10 PC Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 4. At this point, select the "Find" button to start a search for malicious software. The search can take several minutes. If any suspicious programs are found, you will see an option to remove them. Action also disables installed extensions.
When using Chrome Cleanup Tool to find software that impairs computer performance Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
How to reset Chrome settings
You can reset the browser for macOS as an alternative to the Chroem Cleanup Tool. If you have a Windows PC and have already done the cleaning with the native browser feature, but you still suspect some malicious program in the browser, it is also recommended to reset Chrome settings.
Step 1. Open Chrome and press the cone in the upper right corner of the screen. Then go to "Settings";
When accessing Chrome settings on a Mac OS computer Photo: Reprodução / Marvin Costa
Step 2. Scroll the screen to the end of the options and select "Advanced";
When accessing Chrome's advanced settings on a Mac OS computer Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa
Step 3. Select the "Restore settings to original defaults" option on macOS and Linux. In Chrome for Windows, the option is also located at the end of the page and is indicated by "Reset the settings to their original defaults";
When to start the tool to restore original Chrome defaults on a Mac OS computer Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 4. To reset the New Tab page, the search engine, pinned tabs and disable all browser extensions, press the "Reset settings" button.
When to reset Chrome default settings on a Mac OS computer Photo: Reproduction / Marvin Costa
How to delete suspicious programs manually on macOS
Step 1. Open a new Finder window;
When to open a new Finder window on a Mac OS computer Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 2. At that moment, access the "Applications" tab in the menu on the left side of the screen;
When opening a window with all Mac OS applications to check if suspicious software is installed Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 3. Right-click on a suspicious program and choose "Move to trash". You can also click and drag the icon to the trash using the mouse, as shown in the image below;
When to move a specific application to the Mac OS recycle bin Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 4. Then, click with the right mouse button on the computer's trash and choose the option "Empty Trash";
When choosing the option to delete all the contents of the trash on a computer with Mac OS Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Step 5. To permanently delete the suspicious software from the computer, press the "Empty Trash" button.
When deleting all the contents of the trash on a computer with Mac OS Photo: Reproduo / Marvin Costa
Use the tips to use Chrome to get rid of malicious software that may be opening attack holes for hackers on your computer.
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