Chrome is getting built-in antivirus on Windows

This new tweak - called hijacked settings detection - is claimed to have helped millions of Chrome users recover from unwanted settings since last month.

The built-in antivirus for Chrome on Windows help users to revert the changes made to the browser without the user's consult. But some extensions may change your settings without you even realizing it.

"We can now detect and remove more unwanted software than ever before, meaning more people can benefit from Chrome Cleanup", explains Philippe Rivard, product manager, Chrome Cleanup, in a blog post.

When Google Chrome detects a setting has been modified without the user's permission, a pop-up window will appear informing the user that their settings have been altered.

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When this happens, Chrome will show a warning like the one below, allowing the user to restore his previous settings. Today, the feature is being upgraded with a simpler UI and more powerful detection, while Chrome has improved handling with nefarious extensions.

It has also redesigned Chrome's Cleanup feature which offers a shortcut to restoring the browser's default settings after an infection. Harmful software can be removed quickly and easily.

The second new Chrome security feature is a well-known tool named Chrome Cleanup Tool, previously offered as a standalone app. The new tool does not replace any general-purpose antivirus, and instead, uses a detection engine developed by IT security company ESET for Chrome's sandbox, with the aim of delivering a safer browsing experience. This is what enables Chrome Cleanup to detect any potentially harmful software that's on the user's Windows PC. Google's partner in this project is the cybersecurity company ESET, the brain behind Nod32 Antivirus solution. Chrome Cleanup is only able to detect and remove software that doesn't comply with Google's unwanted software policy.

Ideally the new changes will imply that Google Chrome clients on Windows will have the capacity to appreciate somewhat more genuine feelings of serenity going ahead.

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