Manage phishing & malware alerts
Google Chrome tells you if the site that 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 may see the following messages:
- The Website Ahead Contains Malware!: The site that you're trying to visit might try to install malware on your computer.
- Danger: Malware Ahead!: The web page that you're trying to visit might have malware.
- Deceptive site 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 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.
- Open Chrome.
- In the top right, click the Chrome menu .
- Click Settings > Show advanced settings.
- Under "Privacy", untick the box "Protect you and your device from dangerous sites".
Find out more about phishing & malware
- 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. Find out about using a managed Chromebook.
- Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into sharing information, usually through a fake website. Malware is harmful or unwanted software that's installed on your computer without your knowledge. Find out how to block pop-ups and unwanted changes to Chrome settings.
- To protect you from dangerous websites, Google maintains a list of websites that might put you at risk from malware or phishing. Google also analyses website content and warns you if a site seems dangerous. Find out more about Google Safe Browsing.
- Software developers: If you're a software publisher and your binaries are flagged by Chrome, find out how to resolve malware issues related to your downloads.
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