Here’s how to perform a virus scan on Google Chrome

There’s an easy yet risky way to virus scan your whole device using Google Chrome. It is risky in the sense that it concerns your data privacy. However, there are still some benefits to using it.

For example, if you run a virus scan, chrome will automatically scan the downloaded files in case it senses some suspicious activity. However, there are some limitations to it, for example, you have to run it manually every time to scan the browser. 

Here’s how to run a virus scan on Chrome:

  • Open Chrome to run a virus scan.
  • Click on the “three-dots” in the top-right corner.
  • Open “Settings” from the menu.
  • Now when you’re in settings, scroll to the bottom and click on “Advanced”
  • In advanced, scroll down to find “clean up computer” 
  • Click on it.

Keep this in mind:

  • Upon clicking on “clean up computer” open “Find” and uncheck the report statistics or Google will be able to gather all the scanned data from your device.
  • Once the virus scan is complete, tap on “Remove” to get rid of all the malicious or unknown issues. 

Wait, there is more

As you might already know, Google never let go of an opportunity to collect user data. When you virus scan the device through Google Chrome, it is able to see all the vulnerable areas of your device and send reports to Google. This information can later be used to allow advertisers to bombard you with ads. Or, if it gets into the wrong hands, it can be misused to damage you personally and professionally.

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