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Google just added these antivirus features to Chrome for Windows

Google just added these antivirus features to Chrome for Windows”

So Google chose to go a step further and teamed up with a cybersecurity company to add anti-malware features directly into Chrome for Windows.

The release of Chrome OS version 61 may have been grossly delayed (no doubt due in part to the Pixelbook launch) but that has slowed neither the development nor the launch of the next update to Chrome for desktop.

Google is now clamping down on Chrome extensions that change user settings, such as the default search engine. This collaboration means that they can now detect and remove more unwanted software than ever before, allowing a safer and speedier experience for Chrome users.

Google says it worked with security firm ESET to utilize the company's detection engine in Chrome for the new Chrome Cleanup tool.

Google estimates the new security features will help "tens of millions" of Chrome users clear up security problems in the next few days.

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However, even with sandboxing, automatic updates, and Safe Browsing technology, unwanted software still manages to find a way on to our PCs using Chrome. A simple dialogue will pop-up noting what has changed, like the default search engine being switched out, and the ability to disable the offending extension by tapping "Restore". The job of Cleanup is to detect unwanted software and alert the user to its presence.

Extensions can help make Chrome more useful-like by customizing tab management.

In fact, Chrome received three major security-focused updates recently.

The more powerful aspect of this new Chrome Cleanup comes through a collaboration with cybersecurity company ESET. The interface has been made simpler and Cleanup now includes the option to automatically remove the harmful software when it is detected. Chrome Cleanup is only able to detect and remove software that doesn't comply with Google's unwanted software policy. As pointed out by Android Police, Google Chrome is a performance hog and is notorious for eating up RAM. Harmful software can be removed quickly and easily.



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