Can Chromebooks get viruses?

September 1st · 4 min read

Can Chromebooks get viruses? Anything that runs software can theoretically get a virus, but you might be surprised at how secure Chrome OS really is.

Today, we are going to talk about Chromebooks, whether they can get infected with viruses, and how to protect your Chromebook against malware.

Let’s get started.

Can Chromebooks get viruses?

As Chromebooks get more and more popular, people with malicious intentions look for ways to infect devices and steal sensitive information for financial gain or identity theft.

One common type of malware on the internet is viruses. In essence, viruses are malicious code attached to otherwise safe downloads. They are activated when an unsuspecting user or automated process installs the downloaded content.

Once the virus has infected the device, it may have the ability to lock users out and damage the core functionality of the affected device and network.

Having said that, Chrome OS is one of the most secure operating systems on the market so it’s pretty much impossible to get infected by an actual virus. This is because Chrome OS doesn’t allow you to install any executable software.

But that isn’t to say that you can’t get infected by malware like search hijackers (also known as search redirects), adware, or spyware. It just means you won’t get infected by a virus.

How to get rid of a virus on a Chromebook

As we mentioned above, Chromebooks can’t get infected by viruses but they can get infected by other forms of malware. What you can do to get rid of malware on a Chromebook is install browser protection software.

And the best virus protection for Chromebook is Guardio.

Protecting your Chromebook against malicious extensions

After you install Guardio on your Chromebook, it will quickly scan your computer for malware, abusive notifications, hijackers, and information leaks. If it finds a malicious browser extension, Guardio will neutralize the threat and automatically remove it.

Protect your Chromebook against malicious extensions with Guardio

Protecting your Chromebook against search hijackers

A search redirect, also known as a search hijacker, or browser hijacker, is a form of malware that appears when a third party inserts files into your computer and changes your browser’s settings without your permission. One common way search hijacking happens is through browser extensions, toolbars, and ads online.

If you can’t change your home page, remove toolbars, or change your search settings, then your browser has most likely been hijacked.

Here’s how to protect your Chromebook against search hijackers with Guardio.

  1. On your dashboard, click “Hijackers” on the menu that’s on the left side of the screen.
  2. Then select your preferred search engine. The options include Google, Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo.

Protect your Chromebook against hijackers with Guardio

After you finish this process, Guardio will detect search hijacking attempts and direct your browsing to your preferred search engine.

Summary

As Chromebooks get more and more popular, people with malicious intentions look for ways to infect devices and steal sensitive information for financial gain or identity theft.

One common type of malware on the internet is viruses. Viruses activate when an unsuspecting user or automated process installs the downloaded content. Once the virus has infected the device, it may have the ability to lock users out and damage the core functionality of the affected device and network.

Having said that, Chrome OS is one of the most secure operating systems on the market so it’s pretty much impossible to get infected by an actual virus. This is because Chrome OS doesn’t allow you to install any executable software.

But that isn’t to say that you can’t get infected by malware like search hijackers (also known as search redirects), adware, or spyware. It just means you won’t get infected by a virus.

To protect your Chromebook from malware, install browser protection software like Guardio.

Here are some ways Guardio will help you:

  1. Guardio will actively protect your browser and scan every site, page, and service you visit to make sure you don’t enter compromised websites.

  2. Guardio will automatically detect and remove malicious extensions that risk your personal information, install adware, or change your browser settings.

  3. Guardio will block intrusive notifications that try to invade your browser.

  4. When there are data breaches on the internet that may put your privacy at risk, Guardio will send you a notification so you can quickly take action and prevent identity theft.

  5. Guardio will detect search hijacking attempts, block them, and direct your browsing to your preferred search engine.

We hope you found this information useful. If you have any questions about malware or how Guardio can help you stay safe online, we’re more than happy to talk and assist. You can contact us at yourfriends@guard.io.

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