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How To Use Chrome’s Built-In Virus Scanner

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Posted in: Google/Chrome, Security, Tech Tips

Google Chrome offers a built-in antivirus scanner that comes with the browser. You can the antivirus scanner to search your device for programs that might be harmful.

Here’s how to run Chrome’s Antivirus Scanner:

  1. Open Chrome on your device.
  2. At the top-right corner of the browser you will see three dots next to your profile image. Click on the three dots.
  3. A pop-up window will appear beneath the dots. Scroll down through the list and select the Settings option near the bottom.
  4. This opens a new page with find a variety of customization options from changing the layout of the browser to the various permission settings that decide which online programs can access your device.
  5. At the bottom-left corner of the page select Advanced which will open a drop-down menu.
  6. At the bottom of the drop-down menu select the option Reset and Clean Up option which will take you to Clean up Computer.
  7. Tap on this option, and a new page. Clicking on the Find button (highlighted in blue) will start the Chrome scanner. The scanner will then search your device for the presence of malware.
  8. Once the program starts running, it will scan not only for viruses but also for any other undesirable apps that you may not even have realized are active on your device.
  9. Once the scanner has completed its task, you will be shown a report about any malware that was found on your device.
  10. You will then be presented with the option to remove the unwanted software or place it in quarantine until you decide what to do with it.

[NOTE: Keep in mind that this is not a general-purpose scanner but focuses specifically on threats that target Chrome.]

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