Chrome now warns you about websites with deceptive download links

Chrome gets a little safer with Safe Browsing program expansion, warnings now in place for deceptive download ads.

@seanridgeley
Published Thu, Feb 4 2016 3:08 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:01 PM CST

After blocking auto-play flash ads back in September and "social engineering attacks" in November, Chrome will now throw up a full page warning (pictured below) when you arrive at a page with deceptive download links and ads (like those that tell you to 'click this link' to clean your viruses). Well, sometimes, maybe: the new feature of sorts will be likely be rolled out gradually.

Chrome now warns you about websites with deceptive download links | TweakTown.com

The warning represents an expansion of Google's Safe Browsing, which warned you about malware and such.

It must be noted deceptive ads like this can be difficult for webmasters to control, as they are often generated by random ad servers. If nothing else, this could well discourage ad providers from creating these type of ads in the first place. With Chrome's massive browser share, it's not hard to believe.

NEWS SOURCE:arstechnica.co.uk

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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