Google will soon let you know if third-party software interferes with Chrome

Google recently added an anti-virus to Chrome, now the firm is expanding the apps ability to interact with other third-party software on your Windows PC.

“Roughly two-thirds of Windows Chrome users have other applications on their machines that interact with Chrome, such as accessibility or antivirus software. In the past, this software needed to inject code in Chrome in order to function properly; unfortunately, users with software that injects code into Windows Chrome are 15% more likely to experience crashes.” Chromium’s Chris Hamilton explains.

What this means is that some software you may have installed on your system may inadvertently cause Chrome to crash, either by design or due to unintended consequences. Chrome will now block such apps from modifying its own code and will alert you to whichever apps are causing a crash on your PC.

The update will roll out in three stages over the next year. In April 2018, Chrome 66 will now alert you about problematic apps once a crash is caused, giving you the option to update or delete the app. In July 2018, Chrome 68 will stop apps from injecting code into Chrome processes except for in such cases where Chrome will be blocked from starting. IN January 2019, Chrome 72 will no longer allow any apps to inject code into Chrome, and always block code injection. This staggered roll out allows developers to test their apps against new Chrome versions, and refine their code accordingly.

Microsoft apps and software, as well as accessibility software will not be affected by this change.

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