If for any carelessness you have installed some extension or malicious software in your browser, do not worry because there are several methods with which you can get rid of it. Under these lines we show you the most effective.
Table of Contents
- Using the Google Chrome cleaner
- Using antivirus software
- Using a program to remove malware
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Using the Google Chrome cleaner
Google Chrome has a built-in cleaner designed to detect and remove any malicious extensions or software that has been incorporated into the browser. To access it simply type "chrome://settings/cleanup" in your browser bar and press enter.
After that you will reach a new page where Chrome will inform you about its service to find and remove any harmful items from your browser. To start the analysis, press the blue “Search” button and wait for Chrome to analyze all the extensions you have installed in the browser one by one. In addition, the program will also perform a basic analysis of your operating system for malware.
Once the analysis is finished, a message will appear informing you of the results. If Chrome has found suspicious or harmful items, it will show you a list with all of them in addition to an option to remove them. To do this you simply press the blue "Delete" button. After that, the browser will be completely clean and will request a restart and return to its default values.
Using antivirus software
A really effective method to get rid of any malicious Chrome extension and clean your computer is to perform a scan with antivirus software. If you are a Windows user, we recommend that you download Avast Free Antivirus. This one works really well and is capable of detecting any malicious code that comes from your browser, computer and even emails. And it's free!
If Avast does not convince you or if you are looking for a much lighter alternative to install on your computer, we recommend that you take a look at Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition. This one is not only effective but it has hardly any impact on the performance of your PC.
Using a program to remove malware
Among the free options that we like the most, we recommend the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This is completely free and although it does not offer real-time protection, it is perfect to eliminate any infection that is already on your computer.
If Malwarebytes does not convince you, you can also opt for Spybot Search & Destroy. This is very efficient, completely free and is capable of detecting both malware, spyware as well as the vast majority of malicious programs that infect a browser.
We hope this article helps you both to avoid installing malicious extensions in Google Chrome and also to eliminate any malware that might have been introduced in your browser. What is your favorite Chrome extension? Share it with us in the comments section!