Google Beefs Up Malware Protection in Chrome Browser

In the never-ending competition between browsers, the ability to keep the user safe from malicious software has been key. Now, Google said it has beefed up the ability of its Chrome browser to let a user know of a malware download threat -- and to stop it.

In a posting Thursday on the Google Chrome Blog, Google vice president Linus Upson wrote that EUonline criminals are increasing their use of malicious software that can silently hijack your browser settings,EU and added that such a subject was a EUtop issueEU in Chrome-related forums.

Upson said that in the current build of Chrome Canary, the browser will automatically block downloads of any malware it detects, and will display a warning at the bottom of the browser window. The warning says that such-and-such a file EUis malicious and Chromium has blocked it,EU and it contains a "Dismiss" button once the warning has been read.

EUReset Browser SettingsEU

Chrome Canary is a pre-release version of Chrome that is designed only for developers or early adopters because, as Google says, it EUcan sometimes break down completely.EU

In the last update of Chrome, Google added a EUreset browser settingsEU button, so that the settings could be restored if a user had been tricked into downloading some software, such as a free screensaver, a video plug-in or even whatEUs supposed to be a security update, which then could change the homepage or impose ads on visited Web sites.

To keep the user locked in, that kind of malware can block a userEUs ability to reset the browser settings, and the new reset settings button is intended to combat such a hijacking.

The Chrome browser flags more than 10,000 new Web sites daily via its Safe Browsing feature, which also has the capability to detect and block malicious downloads.

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