New Chrome Beta Pre-Loads Web Pages

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aca20031

I don't think preloading malicious pages is a problem...if chrome downloads and caches the pages, and does nothing else with them, nothing bad can come of them. Even if it preloads the most malicious executable file in history, its just bytes in a buffer somewhere until something is done with it.  So long as chromes own preloading method isn't exploitable somehow (Which I doubt, and if so will be patched), nothing else can get through. Computers just don't work that way.

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jihnn

i quit using chrome over this feature....good luck trying to shut it off, it can be done but it is buried in the options.

using IE now not really happy but staying away from chrome

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compmix

The only way I see this to be a viable option for most users is if the pre-loading only loads basic html text and frames, and leave the multimedia and scripts for the full load.

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thetechchild

Well, Google hosts the most powerful search algorithms (or at least the most successful) in the world. Considering they have a large database of malicious sites, the capacity to design 'scanners' to look for malicious code, and the possibility of partnering with a service like Web of Trust, I doubt that automatically loading malicious sites will cause more issues than idiots loading them manually.

As for the MSI/EXE scanner, I'd rather not. A VirusTotal-based extension that checks the file's hash (if it's under 20 MB) would probably have a better detection rate, and apply to most of the files out there (who typically downloads >20 MB executables on a daily basis?).

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praetor_alpha

Damn, its finally happened. Chrome is so fast, it's a time machine.

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afunyun

Canary has had this for ages

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Neufeldt2002

I seem to recall this happening every couple of years, and every time the same comments come up which are true. Until they can guarantee that the pages are not infected or malicious, I, like Livebriand don't want the pages loading in the background on my PC.

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livebriand

I don't trust the browser to determine whether or not that page is good, so I'd prefer for it to load ONLY when I click on it. Besides, doesn't this mess with the page counters for the website, since someone didn't necessairly click on their site but it was loaded anyway? Firefox is looking more attractive...

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someuid

I think a better solution would be faster pipes, not pre-loaded pages.

Sadly, the holders of the faster pipes don't seem to care.

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Marthian

oh they do care. They care that you buy their dying Cable Service.

Internet you say? HA! that's for pirates and is a dying service. Stick to your overpriced undervalued channels why don't ya? Specific channels? NO!

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Strhopper

Sounds interesting. Alex what is your CAP? web pages really don't contain a lot of data. besides I'm sure there will be an option to turn this off.

 

Biggest bandwitdh hogs = video streaming and torrents

 

Web sufing is on the low end

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alexw1234

My caps are 100 gigs down and 10 up. But think about, if I want to search a video on youtube and it loads even the first 5, that could add up very quickly.

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Eoraptor

I have to agree with Alex, this would be the perfect way to torpedo a cap. Even if you're only surfing, and not hitting video, loading 5 or more pages where you intend only to look at one adds up fast. even faster if those pages are, in turn, streaming something, or have other live features such as flash- or HTML5-based games or big ugly video/audio advertisements.

 

not to mention, I wonder how much of a hit your computer is going to take trying to cache all this stuff in the background. sure if you're on a hexa- or octo-core chip it might not be a problem, but if you're surfing single or even dual core on an older machine or a new but low-end laptop? the effect suddenly becomes like have 5 tabs open instead of one I'd wager.

 

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alexw1234

Me not like, I have low bandwith caps. Loading 5 pages instead of 1 will add up. Even more so if you tube is in the results.

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praetor_alpha

Posting 3 comments instead of 1 will add up. Hey, at least they got past the spam filter.

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alexw1234

Yeah Sorry, I just must have clicked a few extra times, it happens.

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alexw1234

Me not like, I have low bandwith caps. Loading 5 pages instead of 1 will add up. Even more so if you tube is in the results.

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alexw1234

Me not like, I have low bandwith caps. Loading 5 pages instead of 1 will add up. Even more so if you tube is in the results.

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