Users of Google's Chrome browser will soon receive alerts telling them that files they're about to download may contain malicious software. This new feature, available first to developers, will work with its Safe Browsing Application Programming Interface, which enables client applications to check URLs against Google's blacklists of suspected phishing and malware pages. That list is regularly updated.
Growing detection methods may be turning the tables on spammers and hackers. Madrid-based cloud Relevant Products/Services-security company Panda last month reported a decrease in infected computers detected by its online ActiveScan, from 50 percent in January to 39 percent the following month.
Google's update will begin small, as an experiment for certain users who subscribe to the Chrome development release channel, with later inclusion planned for the next stable release of Google Chrome.