Find out what is wrong when Chrome blocks a website

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Sometimes when you surf the Internet, Chrome (and other web browsers too) blocks access to a website with a warning that there is danger. Why? What is wrong? you can find out

When you enter a website address or click a link on a webpage, Chrome checks the URL against a database of known malicious websites and, if found, blocks access to the website.

Google says it checks billions of URLs every day looking for bad sites that could potentially cause problems in a variety of ways. For example, a website may have hidden malware or spyware in software downloads. You might even be able to go to a website and only when you click a download link will Chrome block the action and prevent the download.

A website could be used for phishing, impersonating something else, e.g. For example, the sign-in page for your bank, PayPal, eBay, Apple ID, Microsoft ID, Google account, or other online service. Phishing sites try to trick you into revealing your username and password for various services.

Sometimes good websites go bad. They are hacked and malicious code is injected into the website. It’s not the site owner’s fault and he might be the victim of a hacking attack.

The type of things you might see is this:

Chrome warning

It says that the website it will go to contains malicious programs. There is a details link below and when you click it you get the following:

Chrome warning

It is reported that Google Safe Browsing found malicious programs on the website. This warning is almost always correct, so you may want to go elsewhere by clicking a bookmark or entering a different URL in the address field.

Sometimes, albeit very rarely, it can be wrong. It’s like an antivirus that gives a false positive. If a site owner discovers the problem, they may have fixed it, but Google hasn’t updated their information. Google clearly thinks there is a problem for some reason, but if you are absolutely sure that the website is okay, you can click the Visit this website link. However, think carefully before doing so.

Google Transparency Report has a tool that you can use to check if a website is on Google’s no-go list of bad websites. Go to Safe Browsing Site Status and enter the URL of the website you want to check.

Google Transparency Report

Almost immediately Google responds with some information about the site and in this case it says it is partially dangerous and there is some information as to why it thinks so.

Google Transparency Report

There are some other interesting features in the Google Transparency Report and there is an overview and malware dashboard. The heatmap in the Malware Dashboard shows the amount of malware found on websites on a global map. Hover over the map to see the details.

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