Here"s how to lớn reset Google Chrome khổng lồ swiftly get rid of browser-hijacking adware

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If your Google Chrome website browser suddenly has an unwanted toolbar, or its home page has changed without your permission, or your search results appear in a search engine you never chose, then it may be time khổng lồ hit the browser-reset button.

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Many legitimate pieces of software, especially freeware, that you download from the mạng internet slap on third-party, browser-hijacking extensions when you install them. The practice is highly annoying, but it"s unfortunately legal.

Fortunately, there"s a fix for this in the form of a full browser reset, & Google Chrome makes it easy lớn perform.

Resetting Chrome will restore your trang chủ page and search engine to their default settings. It will also disable all browser extensions và clear out your cookie cache. But your bookmarks & saved passwords will remain, at least in theory.

You may want khổng lồ save your bookmarks before performing a browser rest. Here are Google"s directions on how khổng lồ import & export bookmarks in Chrome.

Be aware that while your extensions will not be removed, you will have to lớn turn each one back on manually by going lớn Menu --> More Tools --> Extensions. You will also have khổng lồ log back into any websites that you normally stay logged into, such as Facebook or Gmail.

The steps below are identical for the Windows, macOS and Linux versions of Chrome.

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1. Click the icon that looks like three vertical dots at the đứng đầu right of the browser window.

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3. Click "Advanced" in the left-hand navigation bar in the resulting Settings page.

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If you"ve performed the browser reset, but your search engine and homepage are still set to lớn something you didn"t want, or they revert to unwanted settings after a short period of time, then you may have a potentially unwanted program (PUP) lurking in your system that is making the changes.

Like a browser-hijacking extension, PUPs are legal in most cases, which makes them no less irritating.But you"ll want to track down each PUP & kill it.

Start by running one of the best antivirus programs khổng lồ try lớn get rid of the PUP, but be aware that some AV programs will not remove PUPs because makers of legal but unwanted programs may sue when that happens.

Then install và run Malwarebytes không tính phí for Windows or macOS to zap anything the antivirus program missed. Malwarebytes không lấy phí isn"t antivirus software and won"t stop you being infected by malware, but it"s a great way to clean out unwanted files.

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