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Manage phishing & malware alerts

Google Chrome tells you if the site you're trying to visit is suspected of phishing or malware.

Learn what the phishing & malware alerts mean

When phishing and malware detection is turned on, you might see the following messages:

  • The Website Ahead Contains Malware!: The site you're trying to visit might try to install malware on your computer.
  • Danger: Malware Ahead!: The web page you're trying to visit might have malware.
  • Deceptive site ahead: The site you're trying to visit is suspected of being 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 harm your browsing experience.

Is your alert not listed above? Some clever malware tries to trick you into downloading unwanted software by telling you that you have malware. Be careful not to download any harmful programs.

Turn off phishing & malware warnings

In some cases, you might want to turn off phishing and malware warnings to download a file from an obscure but trusted source. You can turn off these warnings, though we don't recommend it.. This also turns off download warnings.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under "Privacy," uncheck the box next to "Protect you and your device from dangerous sites."

Learn more about phishing & malware

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