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Chrome tips users to dangerous Windows downloads

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | April 7, 2011
Google on Tuesday said it will add malware download warnings to its Chrome browser.

Chrome's new warning will be tested with a small number of users running the "dev" channel of Chrome before being added to the "stable," or production-quality version, of Chrome 12, Google said.

Chrome's stable edition now stands at Version 10, which was released a month ago. Assuming Google keeps to its usual practice of rolling out a new version of Chrome every six to eight weeks, Chrome 12 should reach users sometime between the end of May and the end of June 2011.

Other browsers will also be able to tap Safe Browsing for comparable features.

"This is a new project, and we are still working out some of the finer details," Google said in its email on Wednesday. "[But] our goal with Safe Browsing has always been to make the Internet a safer place for all users, regardless of which browser they are using. We hope that others will be able to use this data shortly."

Mozilla did not reply to a request for comment on whether it would use Google's technology to add an anti-download alert tool to Firefox.

"I think this could have an impact," said Wisniewski. "More tracking of malicious sites and downloads only helps everyone."

 

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