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Google extends Chrome Safe Browsing warnings to target malicious binaries

Google has announced that it is extending its malicious download warnings on Chrome to malware that might alter how your browser handles extensions.

"These measures will identify software that violates Chrome's standard mechanisms for deploying extensions, flagging such binaries as malware," Google staff engineer Moheeb Abu Rajab, wrote in a blog post.

Users can expect to see these Safe Browsing warnings within the next few days.

According to Google, this new layer of security should help protect users against a category of malware that misuses Chrome's central management settings to get around silent installation blockers. Other variants directly manipulate Chrome preferences to silently install and enable malicious binaries.

Last December, Google disabled silent extension installations by default starting with Chrome version 25. The web giant said that effort has protected users from unauthorised malware installations, and also "resulted in noticeable performance improvements in Chrome and improved user experience."

"Our recent measures expand our capabilities to detect and block these types of malware," Abu Rajab wrote.

Meanwhile, on a lighter note, Google has also rolled out a small Google+ update, which should make group video chats a bit more enjoyable. Specifically, the web giant added automatic muting when someone types during a Google+ Hangout.

"If someone keeps typing in a Hangout, their mic will be muted until they stop," Google software engineer Tim Haloun wrote in a Wednesday post. "They'll see an in-Hangout notification, so they know they're not interrupting the conversation."