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Google adds protection against malicious Windows apps

The company has added a function to Chrome that alerts users with a pop-up warning if they are downloading a malicious Windows application
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Written by Darren Pauli, Journalist on

Google is cracking down on malicious Windows applications with an expansion of its browsing blacklist.

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Google has added protection for Chrome users downloading malicious Windows apps. Credit: Google

The search engine giant announced the expansion of its Safe Browsing API on Tuesday, which has been used by web browsers for the past five years to identify potential pitfalls for users, such as infected websites and drive-by downloads.

Chrome users downloading malicious Windows executables can now expect pop-up warning when they attempt to download the file.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Google acts against dirty Windows apps on ZDNet Australia.


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