Go to the folder containing the Google Chrome application on your computer. Tip: It may be in your Applications folder. If not, go to File and then Find, and search for 'Google Chrome.' Drag Google Chrome to the Trash. Optional: Delete your profile information, like bookmarks and history: At the top of the screen, click Go and then Go to Folder. Besides Safari, Google Chrome is probably the most widely-used browser for Mac users. And sometimes, when the Chrome keeps crashing, freezes or won't start, you are recommended to fix the problem by uninstalling and reinstalling the browser.
If you use Google Chrome to browse the web or to work in Google Docs, and it starts behaving erratically, or you start seeing lots of intrusive adverts, it’s likely the browser has been infected with malware. While it’s frustrating, and sometimes alarming, it’s not necessarily harmful to your Mac. Nevertheless, it’s best to get rid of it as soon as you realize it’s there. Malware can take a number of different forms: 1.
Adware This type of malware downloads itself to your Mac, usually in the form of a browser extension, or hidden in a file you’ve downloaded. It displays adverts in a web browser or on your desktop.
Pop-up windows These are a bit like adware. Examples, like a Chrome pop up virus, appear when you use a web browser, either on top of your current browser window, or behind it and take you to a website you haven’t chosen to go to.
Hyperlinks This is more difficult to spot. This type of malware, or Chrome redirect virus, turns regular text on a web page into hyperlinks. If you click on one of the links, it will take you to a web page selling something, or urging you to download a file.
Spyware Spyware is often hidden in a trojan, disguised to look like a legitimate file — perhaps a movie or a software update — but when you download it, it immediately starts stealing personal data, including financial details, web pages you’ve visited, passwords, and even the keys you press on your keyboard. How to know if Google Chrome has a virus There are a number of signs that you have Chrome malware on your Mac. • Chrome starts running very slowly and using up lots of processor cycles.
Often, the first sign is that your Mac’s fans start running loudly when you’re not doing anything that’s processor intensive. If that happens, you can use Activity Monitor to confirm that it’s Chrome that’s stressing the CPU.
• You start seeing adverts unrelated to any site you’ve visited or search term you’ve used. • A browser toolbar you didn’t deliberately download appears in your copy of Chrome. • Pop up windows appear frequently on sites that don’t normally use pop-ups. • You discover an application in your Applications folder that you didn’t download. How to remove adware and malware from Chrome The easy way: Scan your Mac with CleanMyMac X CleanMyMac X is a powerful app for protecting your Mac from all kinds of malware threats.
It can detect and neutralize adware, spyware, worms, ransomware, and other vulnerabilities and hazards. Here’s how to use it: • and launch the app.
• Click Malware Removal tab. • Click Scan. If CleanMyMac finds something suspicious, it will offer the immediate removal.
The manual way 1. Uninstall suspicious apps Google recommends that when you discover adware or other malware, the first thing you should do is identify and get rid of any applications in your Applications folder that you suspect may be malicious. • Open a Finder window and go to Applications. • Look through the list of applications and identify any you didn’t download deliberately. • If you find one, you should remove it. However, just dragging the app to the Trash won’t get rid of every trace of the application.
To do that, you need to remove every file associated with the app. How to safely remove every trace of an application You can safely remove unwanted apps, along with their leftovers, with the help of an app we’ve mentioned above —. It knows where to look for files that are installed by apps and searches for them there, then lists them when it finds them, allowing you to easily delete them. If you’ve already downloaded and installed CleanMyMac, start using it right away. Go to the Uninstaller module and check the box next to the app you want to delete, and click Uninstall. Repeat the process for every app you suspect is malware. Reset Chrome settings If you don’t find any apps in your Applications folder that look like they’re malware, or if removing them doesn’t solve the problem, the next step is to reset Chrome’s settings.