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Google Chrome for Windows Gets Basic Antivirus Features ( 55

Google is rolling out a trio of important changes to Chrome for Windows users. From a report: At the heart of these changes is Chrome Cleanup. This feature detects unwanted software that might be bundled with downloads, and provides help with removing it. Google's Philippe Rivard explains that Chrome now has built-in hijack detection which should be able to detect when user settings are changes without consent. This is a setting that has already rolled out to users, and Google says that millions of users have already been protected against unwanted setting changes such as having their search engine altered. But it's the Chrome Cleanup tool that Google is particularly keen to highlight. A redesigned interface makes it easier to use and to see what unwanted software has been detected and singled out for removal.
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Google Chrome for Windows Gets Basic Antivirus Features

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  • by bogaboga ( 793279 ) on Monday October 16, 2017 @03:17PM (#55378763)

    We are now witnessing feature creep as more features are being crammed into Chrome.

    Google should style up and "fix" their current software, most of which suffers from usability issues and/or crappy implementation.

    As a start: How about implementing basic sorting of video from photos [or having some kind of sensible filter] in their Google Photos offering?

    • by Chas ( 5144 )

      Yeah. Like THAT was gonna happen.

      Nah. Their perma-beta software doesn't get "fixed". It just has shit tacked on, "temporarily" forever.

    • Not that it is relevant to Chrome, but Google Photos has some of the best "filtering" capability around. Simply search for "videos". Voila.
    • "Note this new sandboxed engine is not a general-purpose antivirus "


    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Just type "videos" in the search box.

  • Clever girl... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by the_skywise ( 189793 ) on Monday October 16, 2017 @03:19PM (#55378783)
    What a clever way to scan every piece of software you download to your PC and data collect what you're downloading.

    I'm sure they wouldn't use it to search for pirated software or movies...
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      They have been able to do that from day one with the built in URL checking safety system.

      I'm calling it. Chrome is a great OS, it just lacks a decent web browser.

  • detects unwanted software that might be bundled with downloads, and provides help with removing it.

    How about something like this for Android? Then I could remove all the shit that Google put there that I have zero intention of using, ever.

  • to snoop you with, my dear...
  • Oh, wait, oh wait...

    That is for evil. Not for this don't be evil. I am so confused.

  • Since Windows 10 is the new spyware does it detect and delete it ? :-)

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  • Now Chrome can detect that the installer for Adobe Acrobat Reader includes an installation of Chrome. Isn't this one ironic?
  • What if I'm trying to download harmful stuff on purpose? If they put the 'fix' behind some backasswards tab in the developer tool panel just they made us all play Find The Certificate, it's full time Opera for me. Which I actually would not mind. The 'chromaddons' addon allows pretty much the entire chrome store extensions to work in Opera (even some weird ones).

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