How to remove Adware from Google Chrome

By | Posted on February 27, 2013 | Updated on September 1, 2019

Google Chrome is one browser that is being targeted most by malware authors. This is maybe because it is now the most-used browser all over the world. If Chrome is affected by unknown extension, user may experience frequent pop-up ads and redirects. New tab also opens unknown web address that usually promotes various products.

If adware or malware stays on the browser even for a while, computer can be at high risk. Malicious programs coming from various hosts may be downloaded into the compromised PC without user’s knowledge. Most adware and malware are installed in the background without any traces. So, to avoid such hazard, we highly promote immediate removal of malicious programs from Google Chrome. You can remove malware extensions from Google Chrome using the guide on this post.


Procedures to remove Adware and Malware from Google Chrome

This guide doesn’t require technical expertise to successfully remove adware from Google Chrome. All you have to do is follow what is exactly stated on the procedures and use recommended tools. Keep in mind to download tools and software only from official web page as stated on this guide.

Step 1 : Remove malicious extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser and type chrome://settings on the address bar.

2. On left panel, click on Extension to display a list of extension presently installed on your browser.


3. Locate Adware Extension and click the Trash icon to delete the extension.

Chrome Extension

4. You may now restart Google Chrome and see if the adware is gone.

Step 2 : Use Google Chrome’s Cleanup Tool

1. Download Chrome Cleanup Tool (this link will open on a new window).

2. When prompted for Terms of Service, please click Accept and Download.

Download Chrome Cleanup Tool

3. Save the file to Desktop or any folder of your choice.

4. Once the download has completed, double-click and Run the file chrome_cleanup_tool.exe.

5. The tool will search the computer for malicious programs that produces toolbars, pop-ups, redirects, and home page hijacking.

Searching For Programs

6. After the scan, Chrome Cleanup Tool will display a list of malicious objects found on your computer.

7. Click Remove Suspicious Programs to proceed.

8. Next, Chrome will open a window prompting you to reset current settings. Click on Reset button.

Reset Chrome Settings

Step 3 : Scan the Computer with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.


4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to adware or malware. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Step 4 : Use Malwarebytes Anti-malware to totally clean Google Chrome

1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the link below. Save the file on your hard drive.

Click here to download MBAM (this will open a new window)

2. Once the download completes, double-click on the file MBAM-SETUP.EXE to run the program.

3. Select desired installation language when it prompts you. Then, click OK.

4. On the welcome screen, it will ask you to close all opened programs and disable ant-virus and firewall, please do so to avoid conflicts. Then click Next.

MBAM Welcome Screen

5. Next window is about License Agreement, you must accept this and click the Next button. Proceed with the succeeding prompts until you reach the window Ready to Install. Click on Install button.

6. Installation process will take less than a minute. Leave “Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware” with check mark. Then, click on Finish to run the program.

MBAM Installed

7. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware interface appears, please select Threat Scan. Click on Start Scan button to begin the process. The program will check for any available update before proceeding. Do not skip this step. Virus scan may take a while, please wait for the process to finish.

MBAM Threat Scan

8. When scanning is done, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will display the list of identified threats. Remove all and restart the computer to finalized the scan process.