You probably have heard that sometimes it is a good idea to delete cookies from your browser. It is possible to do it manually via your browser’s settings, but some users choose to use apps like Chrome Cleaner to manage their Chrome browser.
Unfortunately, we are here to tell you that this application is far from a reliable tool that can help you improve your browser’s performance. Our research team categorized Chrome Cleaner as a potentially unwanted program, and it means it would be for the better to remove this application from your system as soon as possible.
Of course, it is a good thing that this application is not a direct computer infection. The removal process also isn’t complicated, but perhaps we should draw some light on the installation process. After all, if you did not intend to have Chrome Cleaner on your browser, and the application is still there, wouldn’t that mean that it is a malicious infection? Well, it all depends on how this app was added to your browser, and we are almost sure that you added it yourself.
How can this happen? It depends on the distribution method. Of course, Chrome Cleaner has a page on the Chrome Web Stores, and this is one of the few reasons we cannot label this extension as a dangerous threat. It is out in the open; it doesn’t try to slither into the system behind your back. But if you still do not remember installing this extension, then it is very likely that it came bundled with freeware.
For example, if you often download programs from file-sharing websites, these third-party installers may bundle several programs in one package, and when you launch the installation process, you automatically install everything that comes in that one package. In some cases, it is possible to deselect additional programs and features if you pay close attention to the installation wizard. Unfortunately, users tend to skim through the installation steps because they seem to be a default. As a result, Chrome Cleaner, and other unwanted applications manage to enter target systems.
As mentioned, our research team has found that Chrome Cleaner may not be that good at cleaning your browser. Also, it may come under different names, too. For instance, we have found that CCleaner is also the same extension that works on the Chrome browser. However, it is not related to the CCleaner application that was developed by Piriform. It could be possible that the name is used to confuse users and make them think that both programs are there to improve your browser’s performance.
Luckily, Chrome Cleaner does not change your default search engine or homepage settings. Perhaps that is the reason it might take a while for a user to notice that this extension got added to their browser. Meanwhile, Chrome Cleaner can collect information related to your web browsing habits, and later on, that information can be shared with unreliable third parties in order to promote commercial content for you.
Although such marketing tactics aren’t something special, there is always that line one shouldn’t cross. Since there is a lot of security issues associated with third-party advertising, you should remove Chrome Cleaner and then scan your computer with a security tool.
If more potentially unwanted programs are found, you should be able to remove them via Control Panel. If that is not the case, then get yourself a powerful antispyware tool that will do the job for you. Whatever you do, you have to make sure that your system is safe and clean again.