Google Chrome Canary gets ability to block malware file downloads on the web

Google revealed today that the latest Canary build of Chrome would now block known malware files from downloading.

This feature would of course make it to dev, beta and stable builds in the coming weeks.

This is good news because Google has one of the most comprehensive data of malware websites and files on the web today. The company already uses the same database from preventing you from visiting phishing websites.

Of course, this does not mean that you do not need an antivirus software on your computer (Windows especially)… Malware attacks can happen outside Chrome browser through other apps.

Google said:

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. This is in addition to the 10,000 new websites we flag per day with Safe Browsing, which is used by Chrome and other browsers to keep more than 1 billion web users safe. Keeping you secure is a top priority, which is why we’re working on additional means to stop malicious software installs as well.

php.net probably got hacked

Google Chrome is currently showing a huge warning if you try to visit php.net website. The Safe Browsing page for the domain shows that it has been serving malware in the recent times.

Hopefully the problem has been resolved and Google Chrome would update its database in the near future.

php.net is of course the home of the popular PHP programming language and is probably visited by hundreds of thousands of developers on a daily basis.

Google Chrome getting an optional feedback feature for files flagged by Safe Browsing

Files downloaded on Chrome are scanned against the Google Safe Browsing database for potential malware content.

Google is now experimenting with a new feature that would allow you to send files to Google for analysis if it failed to recognize it properly.

You can enable this feature on Dev Channel build by running Chrome with following switch:

safebrowsing-enable-download-feedback

Google adds Safe Browsing section to Transparency Report

Google has announced that they are expanding their transparency report to include data collected through their Safe Browsing service platform.

Google Safe Browsing service is used by Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and even Apple Safari to block users from landing on malware/phishing webpages.

Google said:

Created in 2006, Safe Browsing is our system to identify unsafe websites and warn users and webmasters about them. We’re now protecting 1 billion people with this technology, and now you can learn about the latest on the fight against malware and phishing in the new Safe Browsing section of our Transparency Report.

This new section provide interactive graphs and other detailed reports about the data collected by the service.

Google to start using Safe Browsing database to identify malware in Chrome

Google to start using Safe Browsing database to identify malware in Chrome

Google developers have indicated that they are now rolling out a major security feature to users of Chrome browser.

The company is now using their Safe Browsing platform to identify malware on the internet. Users would now see an appropriate warning if an identified malware is downloaded using Chrome.

Google added:

To further safeguard you while browsing the web, we recently added new measures to protect you and your computer. These measures will identify software that violates Chrome’s standard mechanisms for deploying extensions, flagging such binaries as malware. Within a week, you will start seeing Safe Browsing malicious download warnings when attempting to download malware identified by this criteria.

Google Chrome 12 comes with malware downloads protection

Google Chrome 12 comes with malware downloads protection

Google has finally added malware downloads protection in Chrome 12.

This feature is powered by Google Safe Browsing initiative.

Google Chrome would check for all the downloads initiated in the browser against the Safe Browsing checklist.

If it locates a malware file, it would alert the user.

Google said that this feature retains user privacy as they never get the actual download link. Read more about the technology here.