Chrome Will Block Incompatible Applications

In recent days we have verified how on some installations Chrome has started to inform you if you were using programs deemed incompatible. When you start your browser, Chrome indicates one or more programs installed on your PC that have been found incompatible.

However, the debut of the new feature that invites you to update or eventually remove applications is fixed at the same time as the launch of Chrome 69, on September 4.

The novelty was announced in December, and the new Chrome has begun to “index” those applications that perform code injection activities or that are developed to inject code into running processes so as to change their behavior.

The technique of code injection is used by many antimalware as well as, evidently, by many widespread threats on the network.

Google no longer tolerates any changes that interfere with the operation of the browser and alter its behavior: for now it is only proposed the list of programs that can interfere with Chrome but in the future the browser will activate a real block.

Starting from the next version of Chrome, by typing chrome://settings/IncompatibleApplications in the address bar you can access the list of programs considered incompatible (specifically those that integrate code injection functionality).

In the list you will then find antivirus and programs such as Avast, AVG, Bitdefender, Emsisoft, ESET, IObit, Norton Security, Malwarebytes, Acronis, Dropbox, FileZilla and WinPatrol. At present, if you use these programs, you can simply ignore the Chrome report. In the future, however, it may be impossible to use programs that leverage code injection techniques.

As we have seen in the article How to block the Software Reporter Tool process, Chrome integrates a real antimalware to search for any malicious components that may damage the browser. With the launch of the new “anti-code injection” feature Chrome “goes even further” and shows its ambitions for real antimalware.

The goal is obviously to encourage developers to avoid resorting to code injection techniques: showing a message like “Update or remove incompatible applications” is perhaps a bit too much because a good slice of users will not understand the reason for the warning and will hurry to remove or replace programs that do not represent any danger.

Of course, an antivirus should not interfere with the operation of the web browser (Web protection of antivirus: HTTPS scanning is dead) but implementing generalized warnings on all installed software, regardless of whether they interact with the browser or not, can be a source of confusion among Chrome users.

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