Google’s Software Removal Tool (beta)

Google's beta of their Software Removal Tool - https://www.google.com/chrome/srt/

Early last month Google launched an application named “Software Removal Tool”  that scans and removes software and extensions that could potentially cause problems with Chrome, joining the fight of fending off crapware and spyware. This tool easy for anyone to use and provides a quick and easy process for a user to make sure their system isn’t being filled with pointless toolbars and extensions.

Factory Reset FunctionalityUpon running the application it automatically does a quick scan of applications installed on the system and prompts you with either a list of crapware/spyware that gives you the option to remove them or simply lets you know that there isn’t any suspicious activity taking place. If you think that it may have missed something or believe someone’s “watching you”, there’s always the nuke button! After every use of the application it prompts you to reset your settings within Chrome which will return the application back to factory standards.

Generally you’re not going to use this for noticing small issues. This application does show that Google is looking out for the best interest of their Chrome user base. I personally would have liked for this application to work with other browsers as well, but I’ll take what I can get to add to my arsenal of diagnostic and tune-up tools.

 

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Collin Farmer

President, Chief Robot Whisperer If you look up the word “geek” in the dictionary, you won’t find a picture of Collin. The definition though is “an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity” which couldn’t describe him any more perfectly. Whether it’s music, movies, technology, or any other number of interests, Collin is a geek to the core. When he’s not spending time with his beautiful wife or son, Collin can often be found improving companies and their IT infrastructure at his day job. If he’s not there, find a computer or TV because you’re going to find him podcasting, researching new technology, playing video games, or watching either endless amounts of Chuck reruns or Star Wars.

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