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Manage warnings about unsafe sites

You'll see a warning if the content you're trying to see is dangerous or deceptive. These sites are often called "phishing" or "malware" sites.

Get warnings about dangerous & deceptive content

Phishing and malware detection is turned on by default. When it's turned on, you might see the following messages. If you see one of these messages, we recommend that you don't visit the site.

  • The site ahead contains malware: The site you're trying to visit might try to install bad software, called malware, on your computer.
  • Deceptive site ahead: The site you're trying to visit might be a phishing site.
  • The site ahead contains harmful programs: The site you're trying to visit might try to trick you into installing programs that cause problems when you’re browsing online.
  • This page is trying to load scripts from unauthenticated sources: The site you're visiting is not secure.

Download with caution: Some sites try to trick you into downloading harmful software by telling you that you have a virus. Be careful not to download any harmful software.

View unsafe sites

You can visit a page that is showing a warning. This is not recommended.

  1. On the page where you see a warning, click Details.
  2. Click Visit this unsafe site.
  3. The page will load.

Turn off warnings about dangerous & deceptive sites

If you don't want to be warned about unsafe content, you can turn off deceptive and dangerous site alerts. This also turns off download warnings.

We do not recommend turning off alerts.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. Under "Privacy and security," turn off Protect you and your device from dangerous sites.

What warnings about dangerous & deceptive content mean

  • Deceptive sites (also known as "phishing" or "social engineering" sites) try to trick you into doing something dangerous online, such as revealing passwords or personal information, usually through a fake website.
  • Dangerous sites (also known as "malware" or "unwanted software" sites) can harm your computer, or can cause problems when you’re browsing online. Learn how to clean Chrome of unwanted ads, pop-ups & malware.
  • Google Safe Browsing: To protect you from dangerous websites, Google maintains a list of websites that might put you at risk for malware or phishing. Google also analyzes sites and warns you if a site seems dangerous. Learn more about Google Safe Browsing.
  • Using a Chromebook at work or school? Your network administrator might set up phishing and malware detection for you, in which case you can't change this setting yourself. Learn about using a Chromebook through work or school.

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