These harmful programs are one of my biggest pet peeves.  I try not to feed them, but they still show up occasionally.   Once they have attached them selves to a computer, they are frustratingly difficult to get rid of.


By Rex Santus

By Rex Santus

Google has added a new warning to Chrome that pops up before users visit a site that will encourage downloads of unwanted software, the search engine announced on Monday.

The red warning, pictured above, lets readers know that the site they’re about to visit “might attempt to trick you into installing programs that harm your browsing experience” by, for example, switching your homepage or injecting extra ads on your screen. Chrome already has a warning that pops up once a software download is initiated.

In addition, Google’s search engine has added a framework that better helps Google pick up on deceptive sites, reducing the likelihood that they will show up in search results.

Google has always touted cybersecurity as a top priority. Recently, Google has begun disabling ads that could lead to websites that encourage unwanted software downloads. The company has got itself into hot water with other major tech companies for revealing problems in non-Google software, like a Windows security hole.

In January, Google published a roundup of 12 security tips for its users. The tech giant even offers a security checkup tool that reviews your Google account’s security settings.

Unfortunately, unwanted software downloads have become all too common. The new Google warnings add a mild extra layer of protection.

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