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Google Chrome will soon block those annoying site redirects

09 November 2017

Chrome will now start blocking all the pop-ups and redirects coming from third-party advertisers. With that said, there are many people who depend on Chrome to run smooth and this where Google's latest updates come in.

By blocking iframes from redirecting users to new sites, Google will be putting a huge dent in malvertising campaigns starting next year. When the user clicks, the pages of pub is open even when he has clicked on any link (usually the first click is mainly to trigger the scrolling of the page).

"I think this will be a HUGE help", Gary Warner, Director of Research in Computer Forensics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), told Bleeping Computer in a private conversation.

"Sadly the side effect may be an enormous increase in hacking to deliver the "local" malware", Warner added, referring to malware hosted on hacked sites instead of the one delivered via malvertising campaigns redirecting users to exploit kits. For example, malvertising campaigns that rely on botnets of hacked sites, where the redirection is included in the hacked site's source code and not via an iframe, will most likely remain unaffected.

The news appeared on Google's Chromium Blog yesterday.

When you are navigating to a particular web page and then suddenly your browser jumps to a different page in what is called a redirect this is annoying and often something the original website target did not want to happen. Google has finally made a decision to block redirect links from Chrome.

From January 2008, Chrome's pop-up blocker will prevent sites with these types of abusive experiences from opening new windows or tabs which is similar to how Google "Safe Browsing" protects users from malicious content.

Finally, from January, Google will boost Chrome's pop up blocker to ensure pages that redirect users via fake play/close window buttons no longer have the power to up new tabs or windows.

Google has announced a series of changes to Chrome that it hopes will put an end to nasty redirects and deceptive links when using the popular web browser on both Chrome for Android and desktop.

In addition to the new Chrome features, Google has also released an Abusive Experiences Report, which allows website owners to see how many times their website has been reported for abusive experiences, including redirects.

Google Chrome will soon block those annoying site redirects