Software recommendation: disable Google Chrome scan cleanup

The new version of Google Chrome adds a cleaning function, through which malware in the system can be scanned and removed. But this feature is mainly for foreign malware samples, the effect of domestic malware detection is not obvious, but also will take up more system resources. After weighing security and efficiency, I decided to disable this feature.

Disable cleanup with Group Policy

Open Google Chrome’s settings page, click to expand “Advanced”, then click the “Reset and Cleanup” item under it, in the newly opened page you can see “Find and remove harmful software “Click on the “Find” button on the right side to scan the system for malware. There is no option to turn off this feature, if you want to disable it, you can do so through the Group Policy configuration file provided by Google (this file is also available from处获取).


Open the system’s Group Policy Editor, expand the left list of “Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates”, right-click on this option, select the “Add Remove Template” command, then click the “Add” button in the pop-up dialog box (Figure 1), select the configuration file you just downloaded, you can see the “Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Classic Administrative Templates → Google → Google Chrome” item in the Group Policy Editor.


At this time, the right window will show “Enable Chrome Cleanup Tools on Windows” item, directly double-click the option to hit the configuration window (Figure 2), select “Disabled” item, exit to disable Google Chrome’s cleanup function (Figure 3).


Blocking through Permissions Management

As we know, there is no Group Policy Editor in Windows Home Edition, so in this case, we can only solve the problem by modifying system permissions.

Type “chrome://version/” in the address bar of Google Chrome, press the Enter key to open the browser’s version information page, and find the “Profile Path” option in it, after which you can see a complete path information This is the location where the browser’s configuration file is stored. Open this folder and find the “User DataStability” subfolder, where the files are the program files used for malware scanning, just delete these files (for security reasons, it is better to make a backup elsewhere).


Next, right-click the Stability folder, select “Properties”, switch to the “Security” tab in the pop-up properties dialog box, first select the “Group or User Name” list. Select the current system login user name, then find the “Write” permission in the permission list, and check the “Deny” item (Figure 4). After the above settings, even if Google Chrome finds that the files of this function are no longer available, it cannot restore them, thus achieving the effect of blocking this function.

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