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Google announces more protection against Unwanted Programs and Adware


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#1 Grinler

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 03:03 PM

Google announced today that they are expanding Safe Browsing to issue more warnings regarding Unwanted Software, or as what we like to call them, PUPs. In the coming weeks, Google will be rolling out an update for Google's Safe Browsing program that will issue more warnings when you visit sites that try to trick you into installing unwanted software.
 

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Adware, PUPs, and Hijackers are becoming an ever increasing problem, especially considering they are not considered illegal at this time. Any programs that offer protection against these types of programs are welcome ones.


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Posted 16 July 2015 - 03:14 PM

Nice to see them taking action, what are they going to do about stuff that bundles google toolbar? :wink:

 

Also, I am wondering how long they'll keep the word "attackers" in that warning..... 


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Posted 16 July 2015 - 03:45 PM

Like Elise.....I see this as much as self serving as serving all users.....killing the competition....THERE WILL BE BLOOD.


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Posted 16 July 2015 - 03:52 PM

Not that I disagree, but don't forget that Google does offer its safebrowsing service in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 06:18 PM

Hum...

 

Not sure it will be inserted in Safe Browsing for FF and Safari.

 

 

In the coming weeks, these detection improvements will become more noticeable in Chrome:

 

Can be a deal to boost Chrome at the moment when laments come from all sides against Chrome, and more generally against Google with its encirclement of Internet users policy.



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Posted 18 July 2015 - 05:43 PM

All is well as long as nobody touches Google's own tracking cookies and ads I guess.



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Posted 19 July 2015 - 07:40 AM

I see a racket scheme as well when companies engaged in fighting malware are as well engaged in discovering all your secrets. I wouldn't rely on Google's protection at the cost of my privacy; rather external extensions, add-ons when it comes to the browser, system-wide tools also and otherwise do exist with no privacy involvement.


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Posted 19 July 2015 - 09:21 AM

You should be okay as long as you carefully read and investigate (sadly that is necessary) what information is shared by legitimate applications when you agree to install them. If they do not conform to your requirements of privacy, then do not install or use them. 


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Posted 19 July 2015 - 01:15 PM

I'm not crazy about Chrome, I wonder if Google will stop getting companies to bundle it with downloads. 



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 07:11 AM

As far as I know, Google Chrome is only bundled with Adobe products if you download them from Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, and you can opt it out before downloading the installer. Or if you download another Google product (like Google Earth) without being on Google Chrome.

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 07:36 AM

Avast free used to bundle Chrome. Not sure if they still do that though, last time it was only DropBox.


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Posted 20 July 2015 - 07:51 AM

They are bundling Dropbox now last time I checked as well. Never seen them bundling Chrome thought :o

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 11:08 PM

I teach at a school in Bangkok that is totally Goggle-fied, all our on-line communications and shared documents, supplemental info for the courses we teach, and most of our communications with the outside world, all use Google. I had to create my own page when I began there, the first time I'd ever done that, and while it was interesting, it was at times a frustrating experience, not to mention becoming acquainted with many Google apps.

 

I agree that although Google may make this sound somewhat 'noble', as several of the above posters have mentioned, like any other company, it has its own bottom line at heart. 


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Posted 23 July 2015 - 11:53 AM

I was wondering about this recently while I attempted to download adwCleaner + JRT, it kept prompting me, and wouldn't actually allow me to get push them through.  At first, thought it was more malware/adware.  I can see this change being great for the average user, but not as much for the more advanced ones.






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