Google Chrome is the world’s most widely-used Internet browser and keeps getting new features from time to time. Since security is a big concern for majority of users, Google has taken the browser beyond its limits of protecting users from ransomware, hijackers and other online threats by adding the ability to scan the entire system for harmful software and malware built right inside the settings menu.
The feature works like any standalone antivirus software installed on your Windows PC Wondering how? Follow our step-by-step-guide for you
– Install the latest version of Google Chrome on your PC
– Working internet connectivity (optional)
Steps to follow:
Open Google Chrome on your PC or laptop
Click on the three horizontal dots from the top right corner
Head to the Settings option
Now, scroll down and look for ‘Advance’ option
Under ‘Reset and clean up’ section, click on the option ‘Clean up computer’
Alternatively, users can simply type chrome://settings/cleanup and press enter to go to the cleanup settings option directly
Now, click on the ‘Find’ button written in front of “Find harmful software. Chrome can find harmful software on your computer and remove it”
Once clicked, the inbuilt malware detection will kick in and start scanning the entire PC
One thing to note here is the whole process might take some time to complete the entire process.
If something is found, hit the ‘Remove’ button to delete.
It is worth mentioning that the malware scanning feature in the browser is handled by ESET, a reputed IT security company. The feature works like any other antivirus software installed on your system and it not only scans for ransomware, Trojans and viruses. But it also looks for harmful and unwanted software that somehow got installed on your PC.
Note: The feature is only available in Windows version of the browser