Browsing online comes with more risks than wasting time. When you allow your browser to become cluttered — or worse, infected with malware — it can slow down your computer and slash efficient productivity.
With these six browser cleaners, you can ensure your PC runs as intended and focus on what you need to get done.
1. Chrome Cleanup Tool
Chrome Cleanup Tool is a free browser cleaner from Google. As soon as you install it, it begins searching for harmful software. If a threat is detected, you’ll receive a notification as soon as it’s removed.
This tool also scans for software that can cause issues with your browsing experience, such as pop-up ads, browser crashing, toolbars and more, creating a faster, more convenient browsing experience that allows for an increase in productivity.
2. Avast Browser Cleanup
Avast Browser Cleanup, compatible with both Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, instantly detects and removes dangerous extensions and toolbars that can compromise your security. You can even whitelist your preferred add-ons to ensure they make it through the safety parameters.
One of the best features of this tool is the hijacked search recovery, which restores your search settings so you can see untampered results and stop funding scam artists.
With SecureClean, you can permanently erase files regularly, including temporary, cached and deleted ones. You can create an automatic deletion schedule so you can set it and forget it.
This tool uses government-grade technology that wipes your data and promises it to be unrecoverable, even with the most advanced software tools. By deleting your data regularly, your browser will be less cluttered and run more efficiently.
4. Panda Security
Panda Security is a handy tool that provides information on websites you want to visit — even when you try hard to stay offline and be more productive — letting you know if they are safe or not. It also blocks malicious sites automatically, preventing you from encountering a scam or virus.
Panda Safe Web takes security a step further, identifying which sites use tracking data and blocks access. As a result, no one will track your online activity, from website visits to purchases.
5. Malwarebytes AdwCleaner
Malwarebytes AdwCleaner can improve your browser performance by removing cluttering apps that slow down your computer.
Once you install this tool, it instantly takes care of annoying ads, unwanted toolbars, browser hijacking and more. Even better, this tool is lightweight and can collaborate with other popular security software.
6. CC Cleaner
CC Cleaner, a productivity tool compatible with Chrome, offers two great browser cleaning tools. The first is a simple cleaner which can delete your cache, history, cookies, download history and more. You can customize the settings to save relevant information, such as remembered usernames and passwords.
The second tool is the plugin and extension cleaner. This analyzes your list of extensions and notifies you which are harmful or poor for performance. Then, you have the option to either enable, disable or delete the extension entirely.
Choosing the Right Browser Cleaner
If your browser is running slow or you’re nervous about visiting dangerous websites, a browser cleaner could be a good option for you.
To choose the right cleaner, consider what your needs are regarding online browsing and security. If you have kids, a browser that pre-checks each visited website might be for you. If you download a lot online, a tool that screens documents might be your best option.
Not only will these tools allow you to protect your private information, but they were also designed to improve your computer’s performance.
If you find that cleaning your browser has not improved your productivity, consider buying an egg timer and adopting the Pomodoro Technique.
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