Although they are no longer as prolific as they were a few years ago, invasive advertising is still a nuisance for Internet browser users. When we visit, especially adult pages, we are exposed to a large number of criminals who take advantage of our naivety, causing us to bite on suggestive links. Or when we install a program: we simply accept and do not notice that we have just installed an antivirus program, which is the opposite.
I have a virus in the browser. What I do?
If you are in this article it is because your browser has started to behave in a strange way. It slows down. It takes time to open. Weird pages appear. This all sounds familiar to you, right? Well don't worry, you've come to the right place. We are going to explain in detail what you can do to eliminate advertising viruses in Chrome . And if you have not yet been affected, you will know what to do, when the time comes.
Immediately disable Chrome extensions
Google Chrome extensions are third-party tools that can be very useful. There are students who need them for their daily tasks; there are even others that help us with Netflix. But there are times is that they do not work as they should. To disable Chrome extensions, go to the browser's three-dot menu, then click 'More tools' and then 'Extensions'.
Then browse normally. If the setback has disappeared, the page that opened by itself, etc., try to enable the extensions, one by one, until you find the person responsible for the failures . Afterwards, uninstall it.
Check the destination of your browser
Here we mean that you check if, in reality, when you click on Chrome, what you are doing is opening the browser. Viruses often change the landing page for which they are interested . Or has it not happened to you to open Chrome and see that another page appears that is not the usual one? To see that everything is in order you must do the following:
Go to the Google Chrome icon on your desktop and right-click on it. Choose properties and then shortcut. If you see any strange addresses at the end of the text, delete them . For example, in the screenshot below, "www.spy.com" appears. Eliminate everything that you see that is out of the ordinary because, surely, it should not be there.
Check which is the browser's home page
It has happened to practically all of us: we open Chrome and the page that should appear does not appear . A strange browser, with an aesthetic that we have never seen is the first thing that makes us suspect. To see if everything is in order, we are going to go to the Chrome menu and then we mark 'Settings'.
Then, in the option 'When we open the browser ...' we have to see everything is in order and that there is no page written in the last option that we do not know. If this is the case, we delete, accept and re-enter to see that it has been completely deleted.
Scan Windows with Chrome Cleaner
Yes, the Google browser has a tool with which we can clean our computer of viruses, malware, and other small intruders that can reduce our current account to zero. This Chrome cleaner helps you keep your PC free from suspicious programs.
To download this useful (and unknown) tool, let's go to its Google page and accept .. The program will start looking for some programs that shouldn't have been installed in your Chrome browser. In the end, whether it was positive or negative, you will have to reset Chrome's settings to their default.
Be careful with the programs you install
Hackers sharpen your wits. Now it is not enough to create an image with morbid or hook for us to bite. It must appear to be real to encourage the user to click. And play, too, with his impatience. Who likes to be having to read the dialog boxes that appear in an installation? Nothing, to everything yes and that's it. Big mistake.
In one of these steps we may be saying to the program "Go ahead, install on my PC what you want, take my bank details". The program may be legitimate, but during the installation process they may try to sneak an advertising program that ends up affecting your browsing in Chrome.
Therefore, read all the installation steps well. And be careful: in some of the steps, the correct answer may be the one that is not. Always, ALWAYS, read well what they are asking you: the typical "Do you want to install this program"? it can turn into a scary "Do you really refuse to install this program?"
Reset your browser settings
Nothing better to put an end to windows that open , unknown pages that appear or suspicious slowdowns in Chrome than to reset its settings. To do this, we go back to the three-point menu and click on 'Settings'. We go to 'Show advanced settings' and go down to the bottom: the last section is the one that interests us.
Remove the programs from the list if they appear in your browser
The Google support forum has published a list of malicious programs that usually change the configuration of our computer. If any of the names in the following list are familiar to you, go to the previous section and reconfigure your browser from the beginning.
- Delta Search
Use a malware program to disinfect the PC
Google recommends, from its official support forum, the Malwarebytes antivirus, a program that thoroughly cleans your PC of any virus or malicious file that may have entered the system. To download it, you just have to go to the official Malwarebytes page.
Once installed (with the free trial, for home use, that's enough), we will proceed to perform an analysis of our entire PC in search of some type of malicious file.