Chrome to load webpages faster, warn about potential malware

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Chrome 17 went into beta last week, and comes with new features that promise to make web browsing a faster, safer affair. A new blog post written by Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) software engineer Dominic Hamon explained that Chrome will start loading "some web pages" in the background even as the URL is being typed out.

And if a URL auto-completes to a site which is likely to be visited, Chrome will proceed to pre-render the page--presumably from cached data--before the enter key is pressed. Hamon says pre-rendering reduces the amount of time needed to see a fully-loaded webpage, with the webpage appearing instantly after hitting the enter button in some cases.

In addition, Chrome 17 will also expand its built-in security features to examine executable files and warn users about known bad files. A file hosted on a website with a "relatively high percentage" of malicious downloads, for example, will also result in a warning being triggered. Hamon says Google is starting small with the initial beta release, but that it will "be ramping up coverage for more and more malicious files in the coming months."

While businesses should ensure the use of dedicated antimalware protection, having an additional layer of defense at the web browser level certainly can't do any harm. Indeed, this would allow security administrators to establish additional layers of defenses in enterprises.

At the current rapid-fire pace of a new version every six weeks, the final version of Chrome 17 is expected to arrive before the end of January. The impatient can download the beta of Google Chrome 17 here.

For more:
- check out this article at Computerworld
- check out this article at Naked Security
- check out this article at Google Chrome blog

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