Sometimes I really frustrated with unwanted toolbars, browser-hijacking malwares, popup ads and more other craps. And I know,  many Internet users are affected by softwares like these and it’s clear that this poses a threat to many users. So how can we get rid of these junks? While most browsers support a reset feature, it is often not enough to run it to get rid of these additions.

If you’re using Google Chrome on Windows, the company has released a Software removal tool, that helps combat the problem by scanning for bad software and resetting your browser, if it’s misbehaving, without completely re-installing.  This software runs in two phases. The first scans your computer for any toolbars or other junk that may have been installed that can affect Chrome and the second step,which can be canceled, offers to uninstall your extensions, reset your browser settings, and clear various cache and cookies.

Here is how it works:

  1. Download the program from the official download page.
  2. After you have downloaded, run it.
  3. The program does not require installation and can be run right away after the download completes.
  4. It will either display that it did not found anything suspicious, or list the programs that it found to be suspicious.
  5. Click on remove suspicious programs and wait for the removal complete message.
  6. Note that some programs may be closed by the process.
  7. The program submits data to Google unless you uncheck the box on the results page.
  8. Click on continue to exit the program. The button may also state restart to reboot the system if that is necessary.
  9. When you open Chrome the next time, it will display the reset dialog which you can follow.

This tool is currently offered as a beta and while it did work fine during tests, it is highly suggested to backup the browser and create a System Restore Point before you run it.  It’s no substitute for proper security software, but it can definitely help fix many problems in one fell swoop.