“My Chromebook has a virus!” This is a common phrase I hear from students. I never panic, because I know it is nearly impossible for a Chromebook to actually get a virus. Most viruses come through installs. Chromebooks do not allow you to install any programs because most everything is web based. It is also important to note that Google releases updates to Chrome OS often. These updates include new features and securities that protect the device.
With that said, sometimes a Chromebook may act as if it has a virus. This is the time to consider malicious extensions. It is important to understand how Chrome extensions work. To keep it basic, a Chrome extension can be used with any web page. Some extensions begin to go to work as soon as you open a page, while others wait patiently for you to click on them. If an extension that has malicious intentions has been added to Chrome, it can wreak havoc on a Chromebook. Malicious extensions can sometimes come in the form of games, themes, or music/video downloaders. They can be stopped by simply deleting them. Follow the steps below to clean up Chrome extensions.
When would I need to delete Chrome extensions?
How to delete Chrome extensions:
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Dana Lane is a Technology Coordinator, and Kristy Graham is an Instructional Technology Specialist - both at Rivercrest School District. They are passionate about technology and learning and enjoy sharing this passion with teachers and students.