How to Remove Adware From Google Chrome in 2022
Imagine a situation; you are browsing the web on your computer; as usual, suddenly a pop-up ad appeared asking you to install an extension. Of course, you rejected the extension installation, but a few minutes later, you find that the default search engine and the start page of your browser have been changed.
Chances are, your computer is infected with adware that won’t stop until you get rid of it. These pesky bits of code will try to install other harmful adware, unwanted extensions and can even alter your browser’s settings. At worst, your computer will be infected with malware and virus attacks.
Ways To Remove Adware From Google Chrome Browser
Let’s admit; Chrome is right now the leading web browser available out there. It supports add-ons and extensions. Usually, the extensions downloaded from the Chrome web store were safe, but some websites attempt to install third-party extensions on your browser.
These third-party extensions were meant to install adware on your browser. Once installed, it will start to bombard your web browser with a banner, pop-ups, and every different type of annoying ad. Some of the extensions can even show adult ads on your web browser.
The adware could be silently running in the background, or it could be wreaking havoc right in front of you. The best way of knowing whether you have a rogue extension is to search for it in your extensions list. First, go through your Chrome extension settings, then uninstall any extension that you’re not familiar with.
Identify and Remove Chrome Extension
1. Open your Google Chrome browser click on the three vertical dots.
2. A drop-down menu should appear. Scroll to the bottom and click on More Tools > Extensions.
3. This will open the Google Chrome Extension Manager. You need to go through the list to find suspicious extensions.
If you’re unfamiliar with a particular extension, then the chances are that its adware is masquerading as a natural extension.
4. To remove a particular Chrome extension, you need to tap on the Remove button.
That’s it! You are done. This is how you can identify and remove adware from your Google Chrome browser.
Reset Your Google Chrome Settings
Google has made its move against adware by alerting you when there’s a possible intrusion. But it’s not always effective because sometimes the adware slips past the browser’s defenses and changes the settings without you knowing.
The fix could prove to be very simple. However, it’s an out-of-the-box solution- reset your Google Chrome settings so that the defenses will be active once again.
1. First, open the Google Chrome web browser and click on the three dots.
2. From the list of options, click on Settings.
3. On the Settings page, expand on the Advanced option as shown below.
4. On the expanded menu, click on the Reset and Clean up option.
5. On the right, click on the ‘Restore settings to their original defaults’ option.
6. On the confirmation prompt, click on the ‘Reset Settings’ button.
That’s it! You are done. This will reset the Chrome browser on a desktop.