How to Temper Google Chrome’s Curiosity and Rid It of Malware

When installing the Google Chrome browser on your computer, you should not rely on the default settings, suggested by the developers. will tell you, what should I disable, to avoid the leakage of confidential data.

If you don’t change the default Chrome settings, then this browser will inform Google every time, when you, for example, you can’t find the site or you are entering a search query. To do this, just start typing the URL. Google sends the corresponding autocomplete results to your web browser.

Besides, not many people know, that the Chrome browser automatically loads websites in the background without the user’s knowledge, which he could visit. This creates an impression, that you have already visited certain web pages, although you don’t even know about them.

You can adjust many of the options listed here and make Chrome a little safer.

Privacy Settings

Minimize data collection. Chrome collects more data about online behavior, which is unlikely to appeal to many users

Google Chrome offers some data protection options, which should be configured immediately after installation. To open them, click on the three dots icon on the right in Chrome. Then select ‘Settings’ and scroll down to ‘Advanced’. Click on it, to open the settings for ‘Security and Data Protection’.

Disable the first three settings: ‘Navigation Error Hints’, with the help of which Google receives information about all connection problems, ‘Search and URL suggestions’, which forwards everything, what do you enter in the address bar, directly to the search giant, and also ‘Use hints to speed up page loading’, which loads websites, which you haven’t visited at all.

And although this feature increases the speed of the browser, in addition, it places cookies of these sites on your hard drive without asking. Most of the other options, related to the protection of confidential user data, Google has already been disabled. Although it’s still worth checking the whole list, to avoid problems with data protection.

Hide geolocation

Hide geolocation. The Location Guard extension prevents accurate location detection

The browser informs the sites about your current location. With the help of an extension for Chrome called Guard Location, you can block the way for spies or, at least, so distort the transmitted data, to make invasion of your privacy impossible. After installing the Chrome extension, first read a brief description of its features. Then you can customize the protection individually, by clicking on the Location Guard icon in the browser and selecting ‘Privacy Levels’ in the ‘Options’.

Rid Chrome of malware

Trace stripping. Remove traces of visiting sites, data collected by Chrome

Google Corporation has developed its own Chrome Cleaner Software, which should remove malicious programs that have got into it from the browser.

You will find this tool on the page www.google.com/chrome/cleanup-tool . Download the program and run it on your computer. If malicious software is detected after a system scan, it can be removed via the ‘Remove suspicious programs’ option.

Delete saved data

Cleaning Chrome. Google tool removes malware and cleans the browser

Like other browsers, Chrome stores site elements, cookies and other data, so that you can quickly open web pages when you visit again.

Press the keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl Shift Delete’, to open the ‘Clear History’ window. Select a time frame, as well as the items to be deleted and confirm the selection, by clicking ‘Clear History’.

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