Google Is Revamping Its Chrome Cleanup Tool To Make Scanning And Removing Unwanted Software More Convenient

Google is revamping its Chrome Cleanup feature for users to scan as well as remove unwanted programs on their PCs. The tool can be seen in Chrome Canary Settings under Safety Check tab (chrome://settings/safetyCheck). It was first reported by Techdows.

The Software Removal feature was first introduced by Google as a standalone program for Chrome browser and the tool was later renamed as Chrome Cleanup tool. The Software Removal tool allowed users to scan, and fix issuers caused due to Potentially Unwanted Software to Chrome.

Now, the company has integrated the Chrome Cleanup tool into Chrome settings, to make its accessibility more convenient. Moreover, the Sandbox engine joined with the ESET detection engine has been enhanced to identify extra bad actors that are causing damage to Chrome browser.

Currently, users can access the Cleanup tool from Settings > Advanced > Reset and Cleanup > Clean up computer. If a user clicks on the Find option, the tool starts to scan for software causing harm to their PC, particularly to Settings of the Chrome browser. You may also note that users might want to uncheck the checkbox prior to running the scan. Unchecking the checkbox will allow you to prevent sending system information, in addition to details related to the programs identified during the cleanup process, to Google.

A Safety check tool was also introduced to the Chrome browser in re-designed security and privacy settings. The Safety Check tool allows users to scan for Chrome update status, secure browsing technology, extensions, as well as passwords. Currently, Google is including the Chrome Cleanup tool to the Safety Check tool. According to Techdows, the new change is behind a flag in Chrome 85 Canary.

If you want to scan for unwanted software with the Safety check tool, visit Chrome://flags page in the Chrome Canary browser and search for the "Chrome cleanup tool in Safety Check tool". Now, select the ‘Enabled’ option and and restart the browser. Voila, you can go to Settings, and in open Safety check to find the "Unwanted software protection" option. An important point to note that the feature is still in development so it might not work properly for most users.

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