Google Chrome finally gets a downloading filter against downloading of malware executables. This filter only covers .exe and .msi files but expected to cover more in coming days.
The latest version 17 beta includes the ability to relate known malicious websites detected using the software’s Safe Browsing API, blocking downloads hosted on such domains. The new feature doesn’t analyze the file itself with a antivirus programs. Instead, it merely watches if the file comes from a list of suspected malware-distributing Websites.
This feature also block all the downloads from the websites which are known for hosting malwares or have been hijacked to host malware.
“Remember, no technical mechanism can ever protect you completely from malicious downloads. You should always be careful about which files you download and consider the reputation of their source,” said Google developer Dominic Hamon.
But this may not be the perfect solution because it will always depend on the ability of the central Safe Browsing system to quickly detect which domains are suspect. So users must be careful while downloading softwares from any website