Noisy tabs and Malware detection added to Chrome Beta

The example above shows full and pinned tab displaying the audio icon.

Google has added "noisy tabs" and malware detection into the beta channel of Chrome that was initially introduced into the Canary build just over a week ago. As shown above, now when you are listening to a radio station over the Internet, the tab will display an audio icon, and default to an audio icon when the tab is pinned.

Not only audio is supported, you can now visually scan your tabs to see which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV as well.

On Windows 8, you'll notice that Chrome looks different in “Metro” mode. An integrated app launcher has been added, making it possible to manage multiple Chrome windows and quickly get to your favorite Chrome Apps.

Finally, Google has also implemented malware detection in the browser to save unsuspecting users from potential fraud.

Google notes that users are often greeted with free screensavers, video plugins or fake security software which often trap casual surfers. Chrome will now warn users of such malicious downloads before it gets stored to the PC and does any real harm. The browser now also comes with a "reset browser settings" button since the last update to remove any toolbars or add-ons that might have been installed accidentally. Google is actively taking feedback from users and trying to introduce as many requested features as possible.

To find this go to Settings > Show Advanced Settings > then Scroll to bottom.

The company flags upto 10,000 websites using "Safe Browsing" per day, which has also been introduced into Canary, and the introduction of malware detection is another step towards a more secure surfing experience for users, which is a top priority for Google.

Source: Google Blog | Some images: Google

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I guess that's pretty neat, but my tabs never output noise unless I'm watching a video, in which case I'd already be on that tab to begin with.

Maybe it's useful for people who don't have noisy ads blocked?

It will be most useful to me for when chrome crashes and reopens all my old tabs when it starts back up again. Having to hunt through all my windows and tabs to find the youtube tab can get pretty annoying.

The noisy tab is excellent, they need to improve, so i can change the sound output of a tab, so i can put something on the tv (2nd monitor), for my girlfriend, and still watch something else with my headphones.

LeGourmand said,
The noisy tab is excellent, they need to improve, so i can change the sound output of a tab, so i can put something on the tv (2nd monitor), for my girlfriend, and still watch something else with my headphones.

Now that's what I call quality time with the SO!

I'm not using the beta but that feature has actually been in Chrome for some time now. Maybe they've improved it or something but I have gotten that warning before and it will let you download it anyway if you want (click the arrow and choose to keep the file).

Don't think so.. it appears to give that message on ALL .exes now, whereas before it would just block content from downloading on dodgy/known malware domains.