Google Chrome Introduces Smart Malware Blocking & Factory Reset

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The safety of your computer is an increasing worry with miscreants resorting to smarter malware every day. Google Chrome is trying to cut this at this at the source: your downloads.

If your computer has already been affected by malware, we have the complete malware removal guide to help you out. But this is one of those “prevention is better than cure” situations, and with that in mind, Chrome has decided to block malware when it’s part of a download.

Downloads—whether something as innocuous as a video plugin or as ‘must-install’ as a purported security update—are often used to bundle a malicious program that, once on your system, is difficult to get rid of.

“In the current Canary build of Chrome, we’ll automatically block downloads of malware that we detect. If you see this message in the download tray at the bottom of your screen, you can click “Dismiss” knowing Chrome is working to keep you safe,” Google said in a blog post.


In addition to that, there’s another surprise in store. Just in case things do go terribly wrong, your browser is now easier to fix than ever before. In the stable version of Chrome, Google has introduced a new “Reset browser settings” button in the Advanced Settings section. This will revert your Chrome to a “factory-fresh” state, stripping it of all logins, extensions and anything else.

So if you are on the stable build of Google Chrome, look for an update that includes the Reset function. And if you are using Chrome Canary, tell us about your malware-blocking experience in the comments.

Source: Google Chrome blog

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