Chrome Cleanup Tool stopsBack
Google is discontinuing the Chrome Cleanup Tool, an application that detects and removes suspicious or unwanted software for Chrome users on Windows. The tool is no longer included in the new release, Chrome 111, so users of this new release can no longer scan their PC or laptop with the Cleanup Tool. The Chrome feature that intermittently scans Windows machines for suspicious activity will also be removed.
The Chrome Cleanup Tool was introduced in 2015 as a standalone app, and was later integrated into the Chrome for Windows browser (there is no comparable tool for macOS systems). Google claims that the Chrome Cleanup Tool has removed unwanted software or restored a system more than 80 million times since its release.
The Chrome Cleanup Tool was never intended to be an all-encompassing antivirus solution. With the tool removed, Chrome users are protected by Google's other antivirus protection systems, such as Google Safe Browsing and Chrome's built-in virus protection for Windows. Google says it has also shifted its focus from "post-delete" to "pre-blocking" by improving authentication workflows and virus detection.
Google claims that the number of unwanted software complaints has declined over the years, with only 0.06 percent of Chrome Cleanup Tool scans performed in the past month actually detecting software issues. It thus suggests that improved authentication and virus preemptive detection work so well that retroactive removal of unwanted software is no longer necessary... Until hackers find another way to bypass preemptive virus detection.