Google, ESET overhaul Chrome Cleanup

Kelley Robertson
October 20, 2017

Google has introduced three changes to Chrome for Windows to improve the browser's malware detection and removal capabilities.

Additionally, the built-in Chrome Cleanup tool has been redesigned.

Part of a security-themed overhaul to the latest release of Google's Chrome browser, which is built upon the open-source Chromium projects, the company's changes are created to make the package more robust in the face of malicious or simply unwelcome add-ons and extensions. This typically occurs when users download and install browser extensions for Chrome. Or at the very least, cut down on frantic tech support calls from less tech-savvy family members and friends wondering why Google search isn't working anymore. 'We can now detect and remove more unwanted software than ever before, meaning more people can benefit from Chrome Cleanup. It prompts you when unwanted software is found using ESET's detection engine, and gives you a way to remove the same software as well as restore Chrome to its default settings with a click of a button.

When Google Chrome detects a setting has been modified without the user's permission, a pop-up window will appear informing the user that their settings have been altered.


The new Google Cleanup has begun rolling out to users of the Windows build now, says Rivard, with other platforms to follow in due course. As per the data provided by Statcounter for the month of September, Chrome has dominated the market with a share of 55.68 percent, over 41 percent more than the share of Apple's Safari that comes second with 14.22 percent market. This is what enables Chrome Cleanup to detect any potentially harmful software that's on the user's Windows PC. As pointed out by Android Police, Google Chrome is a performance hog and is notorious for eating up RAM.

Back in January, Google Chrome received an update that brought the first "Not secure" badge to the right-hand side of the URL in the address bar.

"Speed of the scan and minimal performance impact is crucial hence only the most necessary parts of the scanning engine are included, resulting in a pretty tiny product. Note this new sandboxed engine is not a general-purpose antivirus-it only removes software that doesn't comply with our unwanted software policy", the company explains.

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