The next Google Chrome browser update includes a special feature to protect users from downloading a malicious installer file that has affected many users.
The installer file in question is "known to be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads," according to Google engineer, Dominic Hamon.
Interestingly, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 already offers protection from malware based on "application reputation."
With this update, Chrome plans to target "social engineering" threats. However, the company has clarified the update cannot be termed a 'virus-blocker.'
Unfortunately, it is all too common for users to come across websites that claim to offer virus protection or ways to increase computer speed while surfing the Internet - but these sites are nothing more but adware, spyware or some type of malware, reports PC Mag.
The updated version of Google's Chrome browser has been released in the beta channel and is designed to enhance security and browser speed.
Hamon, while disclosing the update stated, "If the URL auto-completes to a site you're very likely to visit, Chrome will begin to prerender the page," reports Tech Spot.