Phishing & malware alerts

Google Chrome warns you if the site that you're trying to visit is suspected of phishing or malware, using Google’s Safe Browsing technology.

Phishing & malware alerts

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

  • The Website Ahead Contains Malware! – The site that you're trying to visit may install malware on your computer.
  • Danger: Malware Ahead! – The web page that you're trying to visit may have malware.
  • Reported Phishing Website Ahead! – The site that you’re trying to visit is suspected of being a phishing site.
  • The site ahead contains harmful programs – The site that you're trying to visit may try to trick you into installing programs that harm your browsing experience.

Turn off phishing & malware warnings

The following steps will turn of phishing and malware warnings, as well as download warnings.
  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under "Privacy," untick the box "Enable phishing and malware protection."

Using a Chromebook at work or school? Your network administrator might configure phishing and malware detection for you, in which case you can't change this setting yourself. Learn about using a managed Chromebook

Learn more about phishing & malware

Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into sharing information, usually through a fake website. Malware refers to harmful or unwanted software that's installed on your computer without your knowledge. Learn how to block pop-ups and unwanted changes to Chrome settings.

To protect you from dangerous websites, Google maintains a list of websites that may put you at risk for malware or phishing. Google also analyses website content and warns you if a site seems dangerous. Learn more about Google Safe Browsing.

Software developers: If you're a software publisher and your binaries are flagged by Chrome, learn how to resolve malware issues related to your downloads.

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