It's been a busy week for Google Chrome - Google today posted Chrome 17 to the stable channel, two days after releasing the first Chrome beta for Android 4.0 tablets and phones. Chrome version 17.0.963.46 patches a number of security holes and adds some small new features and cosmetic tweaks.

Chrome 17 adds a feature called Download Scanning Protection to the browser, which compares downloaded .exes and .msi files to a Google-maintained list and lets the user know if the file has been downloaded from a known malicious site. Users can still click through the warning messages, but it's an extra level of security that may occasionally prevent infection.

The other major innovation is more aggressive Omnibox Prerendering - the browser will begin to load search results and webpages in the background before you finish typing them in an attempt to make page loading seem faster. There are also some new APIs for Extensions and "other small changes," including the fact that the new tab button no longer has a plus sign in it. For a complete list of bug and security fixes, the release notes are linked for your convenience below.

The new version of Chrome is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and most flavors of Linux.

Source: Google

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  • neothe0ne - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link

    YouTube still doesn't load after certain conditions are met... while still working in Firefox et al.
  • KitsuneKnight - Friday, February 10, 2012 - link

    No problems with YouTube here. What exactly are these "certain conditions" you're referring to?
  • damianrobertjones - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link

    Dear Google,

    If I decide to un-install Chrome from a computer that has managed to install you from one of the many sneaky ways PLEASE un-install properly.
    - Don't leave your update services on the pc. Remove them. Disable them at least
    - Please properly reset the default programs list so people using Outlook can click links.

  • kmmatney - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link

    "- Please properly reset the default programs list so people using Outlook can click links."

    This one got me. I installed Chrome on my machine (normal install, not sneaky) and recently uninstalled it. After uninstalling, all hyperlinks in outlook failed. I eventually figured it out, but it was trickier than you would expect. Just setting IE9 as the default browser when using IE9 didn't work. You had to actually run the "Default Programs" applet and manually reset things.

    I un-installed it to give Safari a try with Windows 7. I have to admit, Safari is very good - seems as fast as Chrome. The only thing I don't like is it's not obvious how to start a new tab.
  • hingfingg - Thursday, February 16, 2012 - link

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