Do you know what Chrome Cleaner is?
Chrome Cleaner is a potentially unwanted application that works as a browser plug-in. By no means does it mean that this app is a dangerous computer infection. Potentially unwanted programs are usually harmless, but they could have certain features users can find undesirable. Therefore, if you did not mean to add this app to your browser, you can easily remove Chrome Cleaner by following the instructions at the bottom of this description. For further questions, please feel free to leave us a comment. Our team is always ready to assist you.
It is very common for this extension to run on the Chrome browser for quite a while before users even notice that it is added. Now, why does that happen? Of course, we can add Chrome Cleaner to your browser through the Chrome Web Store because it has a page there, but such add-ons often come via third-party routes as well.
For example, it could travel bundled with freeware applications and through random redirects and pop-ups. So if you often download programs from file-sharing websites, you should remember to read all the installation steps carefully, so that you would avoid potentially unwanted programs and features.
In other words, Chrome Cleaner does not enter your system surreptitiously. Whether it comes bundled with freeware or through a random pop-up, you have to add it to your browser yourself. Of course, in some cases, users might be thinking that they are adding a useful application and that it would clean unnecessary cookies and so on. However, our research team has found that this program may not be as useful as it claims to be. Let’s take a closer look at that, shall we?
First, it is possible to confuse Chrome Cleaner with CCleaner developed by Piriform. Thus, it is possible that the people behind Chrome Cleaner are using a similar name to make their application look reliable. What’s more, our research team suggests that this application is a FAKE Chrome cleaner because it doesn’t seem to clean the browser at all. On the contrary, the app might collect certain user information, and you might not even notice.Chrome Cleaner screenshot
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It is easy for Chrome Cleaner to fly under the radar, so to speak. Usually, potentially unwanted programs perform visible changes to default browser settings. For example, they tend to change the default search engine or the default homepage. However, Chrome Cleaner does nothing of the sort, and that is why users may not even notice that this app is there.
Consequently, the longer the Chrome Cleaner is running on the browser, the more information it can collect about you. Of course, it cannot collect personally identifiable information, but it doesn’t really need that. As long as it collects data on your web browsing habits and your main browsing patterns, it can share that information with its third-party partners for online marketing purposes. As a result, you can expect to see a big amount of commercial advertisements when you browse the web, and these ads could be customized based on your likes and preferences.
While this doesn’t sound like a bad idea, it presents a palette of potential security issues. For instance, Chrome Cleaner clearly doesn’t review the third-party content that might be advertised to you. And some of that content may redirect you to potentially harmful websites. So, you need to avoid that by removing Chrome Cleaner from your browser immediately.
While you are at it, you should also scan your computer with a security tool because you are bound to have other unwanted applications on-board, too. If Chrome Cleaner arrived in a software bundle, then you probably installed several unwanted programs at once.
It is usually possible to remove unwanted applications via Control Panel and your browser’s settings menu, but if you do not want to do it your own, you can always employ a reliable antispyware application to deal with these applications for you. At the same time, you should reconsider your web browsing habits, so that you could avoid similar applications in the future. Please refrain from downloading programs from file-sharing sites, and steer clear of websites that are full of redirects and flash advertisements. You can never know what could be hiding behind those links.
How to Remove Chrome Cleaner
- Open the Chrome browser.
- Press Alt+F and click More tools.
- Open Extensions.
- Remove Chrome Cleaner from the list.
In non-techie terms:
Chrome Cleaner is a browser extension that is supposed to help you clean your browser from cookies and other unnecessary elements. However, our research team has found that this program may not work properly. Therefore, it is no use to keep it on your browser. Please remove Chrome Cleaner today, and then make sure that similar applications do not enter your system again. If necessary, invest in a licensed antispyware tool.