Google’s Chrome browser will get an improved popup blocker to protect users against unwanted content. About 1 out of 5 of all reports from Chrome users on the desktop, are about unwanted content such as third-party websites with links disguised as play button or transparent overlays that capture all clicks and then open a new tab or new window.
These kind of methods are often used by sites with illegal downloads, with free porn and sites built to scam the user. The method are often also used to try to make users download malware themselves or to direct them to web pages that use known vulnerabilities in browsers (and plugins) to get malware installed without user interaction.
To better protect users, the popup blocker in Chrome 64 will now try to prevent opening of new tabs or windows through automatic redirects or other misleading method. The improved popup blocker can be tested right now in the beta of Chrome 64.