How to Scan Computer for Malware with Google Chrome
Google Chrome is now one among the best and most popular of browsers that we use. One factor that made it so popular, in just 9-plus years, is Google’s focus on security.
Chrome protects users to a great extent from all kinds of malware, including ransomware; it also protects users from hijackers and many other security threats. In fact, Google Chrome could help scan computers for malware, like an antivirus software does. Let’s see how it’s done:
Open Google Chrome (or a new tab in case Chrome is already open) and type chrome://settings/cleanup in the address bar. If Chrome is your default browser you just need to click on the link that we have given. That will show you the following screen:
Clicking the bottom button will result in Chrome starting the scan. ESET, the Slovakia-based company, supports the scan and malware detection for Chrome.
The scan yields great results; it would look for all kinds of viruses and malware, including malware. The scan, in fact, looks for all types of unwanted software; this could include those apps that have been installed unknowingly and which have been sending data to criminals without you ever coming to know of it.
Check here for Google’s Unwanted Software Policy.
Remember, Google Chrome Cleanup provides an additional layer of security, against all kinds of malware and using Chrome is almost like running continual scans to ensure proper system security. Also remember that Chrome Cleanup, being an on-demand only scanner, doesn’t offer real-time malware protection like a traditional anti-malware app does.
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Julia Sowells has been a technology and security professional. For a decade of experience in technology, she has worked on dozens of large-scale enterprise security projects, and even writing technical articles and has worked as a technical editor for Rural Press Magazine. She now lives and works in New York, where she maintains her own consulting firm with her role as security consultant while continuing to write for Hacker Combat in her limited spare time.