Phishing and 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.

Alerts

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

Message What it means
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.

Turn off phishing and malware detection

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings and find the "Privacy" section.
  4. Untick the box next to "Enable phishing and malware protection." Note: When you turn off these warnings you also turn off other malware and uncommon download warnings.

What is phishing and malware?

Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into sharing information, usually through a fake website. Malware is harmful software that is installed on your computer without your knowledge.

For more pointers on keeping your family safe on the web, read Google's Tips for Online Safety. Learn about other security settings and additional technologies, such as sandboxing and auto-updates, that Google Chrome uses to keep you safe on the Web.

How does Safe Browsing work?

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.

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

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