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Google Targeting Unwanted Redirects In Chrome

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Nov 9, 2017, 8:26 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Google plans to add new safety features to its Chrome browser over the coming weeks that will address user complaints regarding several types of shady behavior. First, Chrome 64 will attempt to foil unwanted redirects. Google says the browser will show any and all redirects originating from third-party frames in a new infobar rather than allowing the redirects to move forward. This will give users the opportunity to remain on the original page they were reading, or to jump to the new content if they wish. Often, these redirects come from aggressive web ads. Second, Chrome 65 will tackle pop-unders. Sometimes when browsing, users click on a link that opens the content they want in a new tab while at the same time the original tab navigates to an unwanted page. Google says some web site purveyors use this method to circumvent popup ads. In Chrome 65, Google will detect this behavior and trigger an infobar, once again giving people the choice to move forward while preserving the original tab. Further down the road, Google hopes too address hard-to-detect behaviors that might include links to third-party web sites disguised as play buttons or other site controls, or transparent overlays on web sites that capture all clicks and open new tabs or windows. These are frequently the cause of user complaints and Google will do what it can to prevent or minimize them.

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