As you surf through the web, be it the normal web or the dark web, lots of malware tries to bog down your browser. If you are a Google Chrome user on Windows, there’s a built-in scanner called Cleanup.
This software runs periodically in the background, but you can manually run a scan right now by heading to the URL bar and type
chrome://settings/cleanup in your browser, or by going to Settings > Reset and clean up > Clean up computer. Give it a shot, especially if your browser seems sluggish.
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Readers should take note that this isn’t a general purpose malware scanner. It only focuses on things that affect Chrome. From a blog post announcing the software back in October 2017:
We worked with IT security company ESET to combine their detection engine with Chrome’s sandbox technology. We can now detect and remove more unwanted software than ever before, meaning more people can benefit from Chrome Cleanup. Note this new sandboxed engine is not a general-purpose antivirus—it only removes software that doesn’t comply with our unwanted software policy.
It’s nice to know you’ve got a tool defending your browser, and it’s a good thing to try when Chrome is running slow slow.