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[NEWS] Google stops code injection into Chrome by 2019

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Google has announced to stop code injection by third-party software entirely in 2019. The measure will apply to the Windows version(s) of Chrome. According to Google, two-thirds of Chrome users have installed Windows software that has interactions with chrome, such as anti-virus software.

Users with software that inject code into Chrome have 15 percent more likely to deal with crashes. Due to the availability of chrome extensions and Native messaging, Google offers alternatives to injecting code into chrome processes. As of July 2018 with the launch of Chrome 68, Google will, therefore, block the injection of programming code by third-party software in the Windows version of Chrome.

This adjustment will take place in three phases. As of April 2018 with Chrome 66, users will see a warning that software code injects into chrome after a crash. Chrome users will be advised to update their software or remove it from their system. In July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, the injection of code is blocked. In case Chrome cannot start, Chrome will restart itself and allow the injection of the code, but let users show a warning in which the removal of the responsible software is explained. With the launch of Chrome 72 in January 2019, the injection of code will be blocked entirely.

According to Google, Microsoft signed code, accessibility software, and IME software is allowed. In the announcement, Google cites anti-virus software as an example of software that injects code into Chrome. These users will also get the advice to remove their virus scanner in case the system continues to inject code into Chrome.
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