Google Adds ESET Malware Detection to Chrome

Dora Pope
October 20, 2017

Google has introduced three changes to Chrome for Windows to improve the browser's malware detection and removal capabilities.

The release of Chrome OS version 61 may have been grossly delayed (no doubt due in part to the Pixelbook launch) but that has slowed neither the development nor the launch of the next update to Chrome for desktop. It has a new function to combat with malicious code. Chief among these changes is a major revision to the Chrome Cleanup engine, which is used to detect and remove unwanted software before restoring Chrome's settings back to how they were prior to the installation, in partnership with security specialist ESET. Google Chrome will now be able to detect suspicious or unwanted programs in the user's Windows PC and give the user the option to remove them in one click.

Google has worked with ESET to combine their detection engine with Chrome's sandbox technology, which can help detect as well as remove more unwanted software than ever before.

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Replying to the concerns raised by the Dutch agency, Microsoft said it is working to comply with the Dutch data protection law. The DPA has not yet responded to Microsoft's rebuttal, meaning there is definitely more time for this latest saga to develop.


Chrome already has some tools in place to help users avoid unwanted software. These include settings for the user's search engine, homepage, or proxy settings. As per the data provided by Statcounter for the month of September, Chrome has dominated the market with a share of 55.68 percent, over 41 percent more than the share of Apple's Safari that comes second with 14.22 percent market. It is now simpler to use, and more powerful. Google is not positioning it as a "general-purpose antivirus".

The new cleanup settings allow users to remove "hijacked" settings as well as remove harmful extensions. That's why we have the Chrome browser with its sandboxing technology to help keep web surfers safe. This appeared on HTTP websites where users had to provide a password or credit card details, but this will be no more thanks to the latest Chrome 62 update. "The scans are being run periodically and the focus here is on remediation - system cleanup and restoring settings to known good state".

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