How to remove Adware from Google Chrome

By Chona Esjay | Posted on February 27, 2013 | Updated on January 14, 2020

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.

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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.

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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 Clean Up Tool

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. Type this strings in the address box: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter on keyboard.

3. Scroll down and expand Advanced settings area.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see Reset and Cleanup section.

5. Click on Clean Up Computer. On next page, please click FIND to proceed.

Clean Up Computer

6. Let the tool do its course and wait for the scan to finish. At the final stage of the cleanup, it will display the result. Just follow the recommendations when prompted. It may ask you to remove the adware and restart Google Chrome to complete the cleanup process.

For Mac Users:

1. Open Google Chrome browser program.

2. In the address box, please type the strings: chrome://settings/system

3. Go to Reset Settings section.

4. Click “Restore settings to their original defaults“.

Google Chrome Reset for Mac

5. On the next prompt, please click Reset Settings button to proceed.

This procedure will reset Google Chrome (Mac) settings including Startup page, new tab, search engine, and pinned tabs. It will also disable the entire extension including those from Adware or Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP).

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.

AdwCleaner

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.