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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 start to visit might try to install bad software, called malware, on your computer.
  • Deceptive site ahead: The site you try to visit might be a phishing site.
  • Suspicious site: The site you want to visit seems suspicious and may not be safe.
  • The site ahead contains harmful programs: The site you start 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 try to visit isn't secure.

Important: 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.

Did you mean [site name]?

If you get this message, Chrome thinks that the web address may be for a different site than the one you expected.

The message may also say “Is this the right site?” or “Fake site ahead.”

You get this message when the site you try to visit:

  • Appears similar to a safe site you usually visit.
  • Tries to trick you with a URL that is slightly changed from a known safe site.
  • Has a URL that is slightly different from a URL in your browsing history.

If you think a page was flagged in error and you want to proceed to the site, tap Ignore.

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.

My site or software is marked dangerous or suspicious

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