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Google Chrome Warns Against Malicious Downloads

The browser now alerts users if the file being downloaded is malicious

Google boasts about several security features in its Chrome web browser. Now, Google has added one more feature in Chrome web browser which will alert users against malicious file downloads. Now that’s something every browser should ideally have so that users don’t have to be dependent on anti-malware programs. This experimental feature is currently made available to Chrome Development Channel for testing and initially, it will alert against malicious Windows executables.

The Google Safe Browsing API comes into picture when the browser checks if the Windows executable being downloaded originates from a malicious code bearing site or not. Also, it has the same privacy policy as in the Safe Browsing feature which means Google will never know what URL you’ve visited to download that particular file.

This new alert against malicious file download could be too small to be noticed. At times, users are in such a hurry that they click on the ‘x’ (Close) on any pop-up message. So instead of showing an alert just above the status bar, something more attention drawing is required to make this feature actually useful.

Google Chrome has been offering features such as alerts the users against faulty websites that intend to inject malicious code in the user system. Google accumulates data about such websites and makes it available via Safe Browsing API. Several web browsers – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari make use of Google’s Safe Browsing API to warn users if they happen to visit webpages that have been coded smartly to inject malware code in the system.
Google didn’t promise any date when the feature would be implemented and made available via a stable build of the Chrome browser.
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IE9 Downloads Cross 2.3 Million in One Day IE9 Downloads Cross 2.3 Million in One Day

Microsoft on Cloud 9

The final version of Internet Explorer 9, the latest iteration of Microsoft’s web browser, was released to public two days ago on of March 15. In just 24 hours, the browser managed to cross 2.3 million downloads. That’s a pretty impressive number, considering only Windows Vista and 7 users can download this browser. Of course, Microsoft couldn’t be more pleased with this news, as is evident from their blog post. In comparison though, Firefox 3 managed to cross 8 million downloads in a day, creating a world record for itself back in 2008. Then again, Firefox is a multi-platform browser, available to Mac and Linux users as well.

We are glad that IE9 is getting a good response. It’s quite a good browser and for the first time, Microsoft has a browser that can compete with the best of the browsers out there. Unfortunately, unless the Windows XP users upgrade to Windows 7, we don’t really see the percentage of IE6 users to drop any time soon. Too bad IE9 is not available for XP users.
To download IE9, click here. To read our full review, click here.

Internet Explorer 9 Final May Release on March 16

Beauty of the Web event hinting at something major related to IE9

Last week, Microsoft rolled out the first Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 9 web browser. Apparently, the software giant is gearing up for the web browser war that seems to be heating up slowly. Neowin reported about a media invite being sent out about Microsoft holding Beauty of the Web event, again. Microsoft’s IE9 team would be hosting the event so we certainly anticipate IE9 final announcement. Microsoft held IE9 Beta announcement event with the same name – Beauty of the Web in September 2010.

Co-incidentally, Mozilla is also expected to release the Firefox 4.0 final version in March. Today, Google Chrome 10 matured to Beta stage and version 11.10 developer build was released. Yes, there’s no end to new versions of desktop web browsers.

We shall wait till March 14 to see if Microsoft will announce IE9 final or some eye-candy feature related to the same.

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Google Chrome used by 10 Percent Internet Users

The web browser achieved a steady rise in 2010, Internet Explorer share falls

CNET has reported that Google’s Chrome web browser is now used by one out of every ten Internet users on the planet. According to statistics from Net Applications, Chrome rose from 9.3 percent to 10 percent in the last month. The first spot is still held by Internet Explorer, which has the benefit of being the default browser pre-installed in most Windows Operating Systems, which in turn dominates 90 percent of the OSes that run on computers in the world today.

But its market share has been falling, with users moving to either Chrome or Apple’s Safari (which rose from 5.6 to 5.9 percent) particularly of Internet Explorer 6, which fell from 13.7 to 13.1 percent in December. The average-performing IE7 also saw a drastic drop from 9.5 to 8.8 percent. Microsoft breathed new life into IE with their Internet Explorer 9 beta, which has seen a fair adoption increase from 0.4 percent in November to 0.5 percent in December.
Mozilla Firefox stayed the same at 22.8percent market-share. In that sense, Chrome has scaled up pretty well for a browser that’s just a little over two years old.

“Rockmelt”Browser Is Soon Social Surfer’s Best Friend

RockMelt is the latest new browser designed by a Mountain View startup company with social-networking features at its core. It comes packed with a lot of Chromium features including Incognito Mode, however, there are lots of design improvements. The most interesting feature is that it enables users to Share sites, links, and the like with friends and contacts easier than before.

The left side of the main screen browser is lined with Facebookcontacts, allowing facebook fans to chat or send links to others anytime they want to. The right side has feeds from those sites, so you can see at a glance updates from Twitter, an RSS feed, and more. Right next to the URL bar is a “Share” button that lets you instantly share that URL on Facebook or Twitter, for example. Thus this social media friendly browser is specially built to support Facebook and Twitter social networking integration.

RockMelt claims to speed up search times, too, by presenting Google search results in a separate window. That way, if users want to check out several search results, they don’t have to keep clicking the Back button in the browser, or flip back and forth between multiple tabs. Right now, RockMelt is in limited beta, so the company is only giving out the software to those who sign up for early access.

The New Updated Version Of The Epic Browser Now Available

India’s first web browser, the Epic, has been updated  from 1.0 to 1.1.

India first web browser receives its update barely a month after its release. The Epic has been graduated from version 1.0 to 1.1 and comes with a host of new features.
The Epic which was launched last month is based on Mozilla Firefox. The core version of the browser is now updated to Mozilla Firefox’s version 3.6.7 and load time of the browser is now much faster.

Tweaks have been ensured to the built in anti virus scanner and the problem of Games side bar has been solved as well. In addition to that the browser has added Cricinfo widget to enable access to the cricket commentary and scores for cricket fans. Recent Skins is another welcome addition to the browsers so that users can know about their recent searches on the Internet.

The new users can download their new browser from :

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