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Ma­li­cious ex­ten­sions like Ad­block Plus (see above) can change your Chrome user set­tings with­out your con­sent – of­ten a sign that it’s up to no good. Google has up­dated Chrome to de­tect this be­hav­iour, of­fer­ing to re­store your orig­i­nal set­tings in a warn­ing mes­sage (see screen­shot). It says this op­tion has helped mil­lions of users re­claim their set­tings re­cently.

Google has also bol­stered its free Chrome Cleanup tool ( www.snipca. com/25972), which scans and re­moves soft­ware that cause prob­lems with Chrome, such as “crashes, un­usual startup pages or tool­bars, and un­ex­pected ads you can’t get rid of”.

It is now us­ing the an­tivirus en­gine built by highly re­spected Slo­vakian se­cu­rity com­pany ESET, mean­ing it will de­tect “more un­wanted soft­ware than ever be­fore”. In ad­di­tion, a re­design to Cleanup makes it eas­ier for you to see what the tool is re­mov­ing from your browser. Read more on Google’s blog: www.snipca. com/25970.

It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that Cleanup isn’t, in Google’s words, a “gen­eral-pur­pose an­tivirus”, and so shouldn’t re­place the ex­ten­sive pro­tec­tion you cur­rently use. In­stead, it’s a use­ful de­fence against “un­wanted soft­ware” found on­line, as de­fined by Google at

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