New to the Canary version of Chrome, the test version of the browser for developers, is a firmer hand when it comes to the incoming download of possible malware. In the stable version, we already have a warning and the option that immediately follows, “To continue or not,” when possible malware is detected.

Now in Canary, users are guided in a much more direct way to make sure malware is nipped in the bud. Our guide will outline how to use the latest malware upgrade in Chrome Canary.

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Get Chrome Canary

If you want to try the new malware upgrade Google is testing out in Canary, you will need to download the Canary version of the browser on Google’s site. Click the “Download Chrome Canary” button and follow the prompts.


Once you’ve installed it, make sure to login to your Google account so your preferred settings sync with Canary.

More Aggressive Rejection of Malicious Files

One of the most noticeable changes is the new “in window” warning of a possibly malicious file at the bottom of your window.


When you get a warning, you’re now only be able to do one thing, click “Dismiss;” a much more aggressive way of getting your attention than in the stable version. For some, this may seem like Google is over-stepping it’s bounds by not allowing users to make up their own minds whether to allow a file or not, but most will appreciate this new level of security.

You do have the option to click “Learn more” on these warnings, which will reveal specific information in a new tab why the file is infected. However no option exists to ignore the warning completely and just proceed, as you can in the stable version.


More Malware Detected

Another exciting upgrade made to the anti-malware features in Canary is that it can recognize more malicious code than the stable version. Google flags around 10,000 sites each day to their sites-with-known-malware database. For early adopters, this is an especially good thing since malicious code can squeak by even the most seasoned user.

Canary can also now detect malicious files hidden in seemingly safe downloads, such as downloads that get along with your browser’s settings but are not safe at all, and threats hidden in screen savers, fake security software and video plug-ins.


New Reset Browser Settings Button

Google has also added a very handy “Reset browser settings” button, resetting all of your browser’s original settings – preferred homepage, browsers bars, links in the toolbar – just in case you do get slimed by malware. This button is found in the “Settings” section of Chrome.



Some users may fear Google’s over-reaching when it comes to malware prevention, but for the average user these upgrades are nothing short of great news. More robust protection and better file detection have been wanted by Chrome users for awhile, and even though Canary is a few steps before the stable version, chances are we will see a variation of these upgrades in the stable version in the near future.

For more information on Chrome Canary, check out our post – Run Regular & Dev/Beta Chrome Versions Together With Google Canary