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 www.snipca.com/25973.