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Chrome 64 Released With Stronger Popup Blocker, Spectre Mitigations (bleepingcomputer.com) 102

Google on Thursday pushed an update to its marquee Web browser Chrome, now at v64, which offers a handful of new features including an improved ad blocker. From a report: Most of the new features included with Chrome 64 are meant to improve the browser's support for the ever-changing web standards that drive the modern Internet. For example, Chrome 64 is choke full of support for new browser APIs, new CSS properties, new JavaScript (ECMAScript) features, and changes to Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine. [...] Other big changes that shipped with Chrome 64 are on the browser's security side. For starters, Chrome 64 includes mitigations against the web-exploitable Spectre flaw. Further, Chrome 64 also comes with a bolstered popup blocker that can now block tab-under behavior, being much more efficient at blocking malvertising redirects.
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Chrome 64 Released With Stronger Popup Blocker, Spectre Mitigations

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  • by Khyber ( 864651 ) <techkitsune@gmail.com> on Thursday January 25, 2018 @01:40PM (#56000533) Homepage Journal

    Chock-full. Editors go back to school, please.

  • Further, Chrome 64 also comes with a bolstered popup blocker that can now block tab-under behavior, being much more efficient at blocking malvertising redirects.

    Now, I must appreciate Google for this roll-out. Who can say they do not listen? The listened to me and have now provided a way to block a number of offending sites I visit.

    For others, these sites surely include pr0n sites...

  • The single biggest annoyance for web today (to me) is all the damn sites that autoplay video just because you view a page.
    I want a setting that stops all media, video/audio from autoplaying.

    • by OYAHHH ( 322809 )

      YES! YES! YES!

    • I wish Chrome would offer a "click to activate" button for autoplay crap. It gets annoying, so much that I wind up just using a VM [1] for all my Web browsing which ensures that any sound played never is heard. Sites like C-Net are notorious for this. It also wouldn't hurt to have a bandwidth guard. If the item is bigger than a certain size, don't download it. [1]: A VM also gives some additional niceties like containing damage done by malware, and the ability to restore to a previous snapshot very qu
  • Now if Chrome had adblock on Android, it might actually be a usable browser. I sure don't want to pay for downloading all those ads.
  • by OYAHHH ( 322809 ) on Thursday January 25, 2018 @02:00PM (#56000715) Homepage

    I need something that blocks those overlays (whatever it is called) that ask you to sign up for a website.... etc.

    • I use Quick JavaScript Switcher to kill off those kind of messages. If disabling JavaScript breaks the website I simply stop visiting that website. Disabling JavaScript is also useful for websites that spawn new windows.
    • I don't know about Chrome, but in FIrefox, Nuke Anything 2.4 often works for this - you right-click on the object, select Nuke Anything, and it's gone, exposing the text underneath. Sometimes you have to do it twice because they have 2 layers.
      • by tepples ( 727027 )

        That doesn't help when the anti-adblock script doesn't insert the article's text into the DOM at all until the ad is deemed viewable.

    • by crtreece ( 59298 )
      I use a chrome plugin called BehindTheOverlay to nuke those.
      • I was all ready to install that but it doesn't do what it claims. It says click to close those overlays? You already have to click them to close them. I don't want to fucking see them in the first place. I know its some css bullshit so can't we have a plugin that blocks that call?

  • For starters, Chrome 64 includes mitigations against the web-exploitable Spectre flaw.

    Where other browser were updated last week...

  • Well this is really exciting news, but I can't help noticing that number 64. Version numbers have always been a mystery to me. I have software that's been evolving for 20 years and now it's up to v1.234. No consistency! These numbers are meaningless to anyone not intensely involved in the development of a particular system.

    Would it be possible to standardize on a system? Dates seem logical. A version announced today, for instance could be labeled 'Chrome 180125'. Everyone everywhere would know when it was m

  • C64 (Score:2, Funny)

    by Ded Bob ( 67043 )

    I saw the headline as Commodore 64.

    I never had one but did have a VIC-20.

  • It does not matter if they mute the audio.

    I don't want autoplay video on any tab.

    I hate auto play video that relocates the frame as I scroll it off to keep off my view.

  • by SeaFox ( 739806 ) on Thursday January 25, 2018 @04:11PM (#56002077)

    Google on Thursday pushed an update to its marquee Web browser Chrome, now at v64, which offers a handful of new features including an improved ad blocker.

    Chrome has an ad blocker? I think given Google is also an advertising company, bundling something that blocks other companies' ads would raise some FTC eyebrows. How about a pop-up blocker, like it says in the title?

    • As I understand Google's announced plan for Chrome [google.com], the eventual intent is to block ads on all sites that use ad formats that the Coalition for Better Ads [betterads.org] has determined annoy viewers. Currently the Better Ads Standards deem the following formats annoying:

      • Pop-up ads triggered other than through inactivity or tab invisibility
      • Automatically playing ads with audio
      • Prestitial ads with a countdown before close
      • All prestitial ads (on mobile)
      • All ads with a countdown before close (on mobile)
      • Sticky ads covering more th
    • Chrome has an ad blocker? I think given Google is also an advertising company

      Google's advertising adheres to some basic form of standards. Chrome has always attempted to block outright malicious and exceedingly annoying adverts. It doesn't block any ads which would be allowed on adsense which is why the FTC would have no basis to take any action.

      As for pop-up blocker, that has existed since long before Chrome jumped to the update major version on every release bandwagon. In fact I think it was there from day one and it has been fine tuned many times over the years to defeat an ever

  • I like my current 63.0.3239.108 It is responsive with 340 tabs (on Linux anyway), just like the good old days. Though those 340 tabs used 20GB RAM... Hope 64 is as good in this respect.
    • You don't need to have 340 tabs open. That is the equivalent of having a house filled to the ceiling with junk mail on the off chance you might need to refer back to it one day.

      • Well, I happen to be researching about 10 things right now, so I end up with a lot of tabs. When I'm finished with something - after an hour, a day, or a month - I'll close those tabs. This is how I like to work. You might be different. You might have an empty desk? I'm glad I have a browser version which supports this style of work.
        • Oh that wasn't condescending at all. Of those 340 tabs how many contained worthwhile content to your research? I'm guessing >90% do not.

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