How to Run the Google Chrome Malware Checker in Windows 10

Malware can come from a number of different places, and the protection software that you have on your computer may not be able to find all of it. That’s why it can be helpful to use additional tools to scan your computer periodically.

One of these tools is found in the Google Chrome Web browser that you have installed on your Windows 10 computer. It’s part of the browser itself, and can run without the need to install anything extra. Our guide below will show you how to find and launch the Chrome “clean up computer” tool.

How to Use “Clean Up Computer” in Google Chrome

The steps in this article were performed in the 75.0.3770.100 version of Google Chrome.

Step 1: Open Google Chrome.

Step 2: Click the Customize and control Google Chrome button (the button with the three dots) at the top-right of the window.

open the chrome menu

Step 3: Select the Settings option.

choose the settings option

Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and click the Advanced button.

scroll down and click advanced

Step 5: Scroll to the bottom again, then choose the Clean up computer option.

click on clean up computer

Step 6: Click the Find button.

how to use the google chrome malware scanner

Note that you can also navigate to the cleanup tool by typing chrome://settings/cleanup into your browser instead.

The Chrome cleanup tool will also run on its own periodically.

If the cleanup tool finds anything, you will be shown a Remove button, then you will need to confirm that you wish to let this tool delete the files or applications that it has found. It may also require a restart of your computer.

Would you like to browse the Web without saving any of your activity to your history? Find out how to use private browsing in Chrome and start a browsing session that won’t store any of your activity.

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