Chrome’s in-built cleanup tool is the brainchild of the updates Chrome received last year. While this feature of Chrome is profoundly undiscovered, it’s a huge prevalence.
How it works is, it searches for malicious and unwanted files in Chrome’s and Windows’ internal directories and deletes them. Though, just recently, this feature of Chrome started magnetizing a lot of criticism after some folks on Twitter pointed out that it also scans private files risking privacy, which has now become a sizable concern after the Facebook data leak.
“For almost all users, this seems really harmless, and for those who are extremely concerned about Google seeing some metadata, maybe they shouldn’t be running Google’s browser in the first place,” Martijn Grooten, the Editor at Virus Bulletin, and organizer of one of the chief antivirus conferences in the world, told Motherboard. He also stated this very particular Chrome’s behavior to be “sensible.”
Now that we know it’s safe, you may ask, “How do I get rid of malware on Google Chrome?” or “How do you clean Chrome or for that matter, your PC?”
Well, it’s quite simple.
Open Chrome and go to settings. You will find it in the menu indicated by the 3 dots on the top right corner just beside the URL bar.
Once you’re in the settings panel, tap on the 3 parallel lines once again, but this time on the top left corner.
You will notice an array of options, out of them, click on the Advanced tab and a dropdown list will appear.
Click on the last option which would be ‘Reset and Cleanup’.
Out of the two options, click on the Clean up Computer option.
Click on Find.
Wait for Chrome to do the magic.
If any undesirable files are found, Chrome will ask you to confirm the deletion of those files before deleting it. This will delete all potential as well as active unwanted files from Chrome as well as your PC.