Google Chrome 17 (Desktop) : More Faster, and Safer Browsing with New Omnibox Prerendering and Scanning Protection

Google has recently launched a stable update to their Chrome Desktop Browser, with many added features and fix to a number of security vulnerabilities.

There are mainly 2 new features provided, Document Scanning and Omnibox Prerendering.

Google Chrome 17 - Config chrome flags screenshot
Google Chrome 17 - Config chrome flags screenshot

1. Download File Scanning :
Whenever you download something by using Google Chrome browser, Chrome will check the file in its list. If file is hosted on the Blacklisted Servers/Websites or appears to be an infected one, then Chrome will warn you that the file consists of malware or viruses. This new layer of protection also works for .exe and .msi extension files.

This feature is provided for your security, but if you believe that the file you are downloading is safe, then you can download it by selecting the option.

2. Ultra fast browsing via Pre-Rendering :
Google Chrome 17 comes with Pre-Rendering enabled. If you have activated the Pre-Rendering option, then it will appear that the sites you are surfing are loading instantaneously. To disable this feature, you can go to chrome://flags/ in the chrome address bar, and select Disable option under Prerender from omnibox.

Google Chrome 17 flags new features - prerender from omnibox and smooth scrolling
Google Chrome 17 flags new features - prerender from omnibox and smooth scrolling

3. Smooth Scrolling :
Google Chrome has provided Smooth Scrolling as an experimental feature, just like the Firefox 12 Aurora.

4. Security Fixes :
In terms of security, Google Chrome 17 has around 20 security vulnerability fixed, out of which a few were severe.

5. Synchronization with Chrome Beta for Android :
You can login into your Chrome profile, and share from PC to mobile, or from mobile to PC.

Google Chrome 17 Synchronization Sign in Snapshot
Google Chrome 17 Synchronization Sign in Snapshot

Please share your reviews after installing the new version of Google Chrome.

William E. Goldston

William is a Web Enthusiast. He likes to post articles about almost every topic, and love to mess with the latest technological gadgets, so that he can share his experience with the whole world.

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