Google Software Removal Tool is a handy application that lets you clean up your Chrome browser, should it be infected by a malicious software or should you find it behaving highly suspiciously. That often happens when you inadvertently download and install some programs on to your PCs. These corruptible pieces of software take over the browsers, install their own search bars and track your every activity thereafter. If you’ve been on the internet for long, you’re bound to have come across such an unpleasant scenario. Using the Google Software Removal Tool should help in such situations.
This tool scans your computer for problematic programs and then removes it for you. It acts as a factory reset, removing the tools that are suspicious while restoring Chrome’s original settings. Before you get started with the tool though, ensure you have created a system restore point, just in case things go awry. After all, this tool is still in beta and may create problems for you.
How to Create a System Restore Point in Windows 8
1. Right click the Windows icon on the task bar and choose System.
2. In the System window, on the left pane, click System Protection.
3. In the System properties dialog box, click Create.
4. In the System Protection pop-up, type a description to help you identify the restore point. Click Create to save all your settings at the current time. This will take a few minutes.
Once this is complete, close all open windows. Now you can install the tool.
How to Use the Google Software Removal Tool
1. Now head over to this page to download and install the tool.
2. Click Download now, accept the terms of the tool.
3. Double click the file that was downloaded and wait a few seconds for the tool to scan your PC and come out with its findings. If there were any suspicious programs, click Remove suspicious programs. Wait until you see the message Removal complete. Then click Continue.
4. You may be required to restart the PC at this stage. Then you will be asked to reset your browser settings. Click Reset.
The Google Software Removal Tool isn’t foolproof and is in no way a replacement for your antivirus software. There may be more sophisticated malware on your computer that can prevent it from being removed by this tool or one that the tool is incapable of cleaning. Nevertheless, it’s a tool worth using if you find your Chrome browser behaving suspiciously.