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Chrome 17 has just been released, offering pre-rendered web pages and malware protection. If you’re a Google Chrome user (and haven’t blocked automatic updates) you’re now using version 17 of the browser.

As is typical for Chrome, the update doesn’t add any drastic changes, but it does include a few new features. Most noticeable of these is pre-rendering. When you enter a URL into the omnibox and it auto-completes, Chrome will begin to load that site before you press enter. If you’re on a fast connection the page might seem to appear instantly because it has been rendered before you were done typing the URL.

I’m a Chrome user myself, so I took this feature on a test drive. It works as advertised. Sites will sometimes load instantly. Your connection speed will determine how well this feature works for you.

The other feature added by Chrome 17 is protection from files that contain malware 3 Free Real-Time Malware Protection & Removal Tools 3 Free Real-Time Malware Protection & Removal Tools If you realize that your browsing and download habits put you at a high risk of catching malware, you should make an effort to be protected from these threats in real-time. An anti-virus tool is... Read More . Whenever you download a file the browser will check it against a list of known bad files. If the file is executable, it also checks to see if the site you’re downloading from is known to host malware. Any suspicious results from these queries will cause a warning to appear.

The idea of Google checking your downloads for malware might cause privacy The Top 8+ Security & Privacy Extensions For The Chrome Browser The Top 8+ Security & Privacy Extensions For The Chrome Browser Google’s Chrome Web Store hosts many extensions that can protect your security and privacy while using Chrome. Whether you want to block JavaScript, plug-ins, cookies and tracking scripts or force websites to encrypt your traffic,... Read More concerns. If so, the “Under the Hood” section of the browser’s preferences includes the option to disable it.


Source: The Google Chrome Blog

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  1. Anonymous
    February 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Not from filehippo. I'm just on the dev channel. It's fairly stable for me.

  2. Gus Oliver Davis
    February 13, 2012 at 8:36 am

    If you download Google Chrome you have kissed your privacy goodbye.

  3. Arslan Esengulov
    February 13, 2012 at 7:22 am


  4. M.S. Smith
    February 13, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Guys, if you're not on version 17 you're in beta and don't know it.

  5. Anonymous
    February 12, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Chrome has me on 18 and I got so frustrated by its behavior (freezing, locking up, not allowing me to open Task Manager to kill it) when I open more than four or five tabs that I went back to using Opera. Much happier at the moment.

  6. Mohamed Tair
    February 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Thanks Mr Matt Smith For this interesting post,
    I Downloaded Yesterday this version of Google Chrome,
    Really it's pretty :p
    Thanks again

  7. Anonymous
    February 12, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Chrome 17? I'm on 19 already!

    • Icemanfernandez
      February 12, 2012 at 1:07 am

      then youre an assh*le

  8. seb
    February 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Is it a '

    Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar

    ' option? I actually switched it off because of privacy reasons.

    • M.S. Smith
      February 13, 2012 at 6:00 am

      I'm not too worried about privacy with this feature, but I'm probably being naive. 

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  10. Anonymous
    February 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    nice article