August 14, 2014

That’s not the download you’re looking for...

Cross-posted on the Chrome Blog

You should be able to use the web safely, without fear that malware could take control of your computer, or that you could be tricked into giving up personal information in a phishing scam.

That’s why we’ve invested so much in tools that protect you online. Our Safe Browsing service protects you from malicious websites and warns you about malicious downloads in Chrome. We’re currently showing more than three million download warnings per week—and because we make this technology available for other browsers to use, we can help keep 1.1 billion people safe.

Starting next week, we’ll be expanding Safe Browsing protection against additional kinds of deceptive software: programs disguised as a helpful download that actually make unexpected changes to your computer—for instance, switching your homepage or other browser settings to ones you don’t want.

We’ll show a warning in Chrome whenever an attempt is made to trick you into downloading and installing such software. (If you still wish to proceed despite the warning, you can access it from your Downloads list.) 
As always, be careful and make sure you trust the source when downloading software. Check out these tips to learn how you can stay safe on the web.

Posted by Moheeb Abu Rajab, Staff Engineer, Google Security

7 comments:

  1. Since this is a change to Safe Browsing, will it also be available to other software (such as Firefox) which use the API? Will they need to make changes?

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    1. [quote]"—and because [b]we make this technology available for other browsers to use[/b], we can help keep 1.1 billion people safe."[/quote]

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  2. So this will block flash player downloads from https://get.adobe.com/de/flashplayer/ because it unexpectedly changed my default browser to Google Chrome?!

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  3. Good day.

    I'm too interesting in Safe-Browsing feature, which can be available for other browsers. Can you give more links and information how I can use this API?

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  4. Webmaster tools is telling us our site are clean.
    Google safebrowsing API is telling us our sofware is clean.
    But google chrome is still blocking our EXE which does not install anything in Chrome.
    So whow can review our application.
    Google does not provide any details.

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  5. I'm too interesting in Safe-Browsing feature, which can be available for other browsers. Can you give more links and information how I can use this API?

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  6. Got a message on my browser to upgrade to version 44.7.12. Got a message telling me that it was unsafe. Downloaded a *.jse file (that was the download) and received nothing more than a notebook download which does not install the new version. Is the jse file corrupt, or is the installer (which should be an .exe file) just not working?

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