The red warning, pictured above, lets readers know that the site they’re about to visit “might attempt to trick you into installing programs that harm your browsing experience” by, for example, switching your homepage or injecting extra ads on your screen. Chrome already has a warning that pops up once a software download is initiated.
In addition, Google’s search engine has added a framework that better helps Google pick up on deceptive sites, reducing the likelihood that they will show up in search results.
Google has always touted cybersecurity as a top priority. Recently, Google has begun disabling ads that could lead to websites that encourage unwanted software downloads. The company has got itself into hot water with other major tech companies for revealing problems in non-Google software, like a Windows security hole.
Unfortunately, unwanted software downloads have become all too common. The new Google warnings add a mild extra layer of protection.