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Good news for Chrome users - Google to block automatic downloads from ads


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Don't you just hate it when you're visiting a website and some ad tries to download something to your computer (usually some sort of malicious browser add-on or junk registry cleaner/driver updater/system optimization etc. that you never asked for and don't need because you're smarter than that, right?).

Well, Google has decided to try and do something about it.  Apparently they plan to add automatic blocking for any ads that try to use automatic download functionality to install junk on users' systems through the browser.

You can read more about it in the article from ZDNet below:

Google Chrome to block automatic downloads initiated from ad slot iframes

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That's OK, most malicious/unwanted ads (especially the likes of which that would attempt things like drive-by downloads) should be blocked using Malwarebytes own browser extension beta which is available for Chrome (and other Chromium based browsers like SRWare Iron and Vivaldi) as well as Firefox:


If you don't have it already, I highly recommend it.

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1 minute ago, exile360 said:

If you don't have it already, I highly recommend it.

You're kidding, right? I just requested a feature addition for it yesterday.

That said, I still appreciate that software developers are currently adding more security features to their products, because additional layers of security are never a bad thing (unless you're the one trying to break into a system). I might even give TOR browsers a try. I've yet to find any good VPN clients for Windows, though.

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When are they going to prevent that same Ad junk from taking over your phone? They really need to crack down on that. ANY application on the Google Play store that takes control of your navigation buttons to block you from stopping or closing an Ad, needs to be removed from the Play store and if the vendor/author is caught a second time have their account permanently banned.


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