How to use Chrome’s antivirus

Google has implemented an antivirus on its Chrome web browser to improve the cyber security of its users, here's how to use it to the fullest

As cyber attacks continue to grow, users are increasingly paying attention to cyber security and privacy while surfing online. And it is precisely for this reason that even Google has decided to include an antivirus system in its famous web browser Chrome.

To tell the truth, Google had announced as early as 2017 the launch of an antivirus designed for Chrome, only that between the presentation and the actual implementation on the web browser has passed several time. Now, however, the antivirus for Chrome is ready and has been released in the latest version of the Mountain View web browser. Be careful though: having an antivirus on Chrome doesn't mean that we won't need another antivirus installed on our computer. In fact, Google's computer security system only detects known threats that affect online browsing. Such as web browser adware, which are malicious programs that install themselves in our browser and show us unwanted ads. However, Chrome's antivirus does not have a defense system against other types of cyber attacks and does not have a machine-learning algorithm to recognize zero-day attacks like many of the antivirus software out there.

How to use Google Chrome antivirus

Google's antivirus for Chrome browser only works on Windows computers at the moment, so no implementation on Linux and MacOS. It is a malware scanner that acts automatically at the browser level but can also be activated for a thorough scan manually by the user. At this point the question is: how do I manually use Google's antivirus? Very simple, open Chrome, then type in the URL bar  chrome://settings/cleanup (for convenience you can also copy and paste the strunga) and wait for the screen to load.  On the page that opens we'll find the entry find and remove malicious software . Click on the Find button to start scanning with the antivirus and wait for the process to finish. Mountain View collaborated with the cybersecurity company ESET to create this tool. The company's researchers let it be known that the system will act very well automatically to detect threats, but the advice is to use manual scanning in case of downloading various files from the Internet.