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In recent update of Google Chrome internet browser (in stable channel), there is a new security/privacy option:


In addition to checking a list of known bad files, Chrome also does checks on executable files (like ".exe" and ".msi" files). If the executable doesn't match a whitelist, Chrome checks with Google for more information, such as whether the website you're accessing hosts a high number of malicious downloads.

According to more detail link

If a file isn’t from a known source, Chrome sends the URL and IP of the host and other meta data, such as the file’s hash and binary size, to Google.

What if I want google not to know which executable files are downloaded by me and from?

How can I disable sending to google URLs and hashes of .exe and .msi downloaded?

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Probably part of "enable phishing and malware protection" in settings. Chrome is headed toward being just another bloated browser, so sad. –  Moab Feb 9 '12 at 2:46
Also see this...groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/group/chromium-bugs/… –  Moab Feb 9 '12 at 2:48
As long as I can opt-out, I'm cool. Chrome is getting bloated a bit, but it's still a good browser. –  Camilo Martin Feb 12 '12 at 3:56

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Within the blog post you linked to, there is a a link that explains how to disable the 'safe browsing' features.

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yes, but this page says nothing about "download scanning", so I think, it is not for disabling "download scanning" and sending url to google. –  osgx Feb 13 '12 at 0:13
in the page i linked to above, follow the instructions under "Disable phishing and malware detection". –  obsd Feb 13 '12 at 1:21
will it disable downloads checking too? How can you prove? –  osgx Feb 13 '12 at 2:12
presumably so. your second question is ambiguous. –  obsd Feb 13 '12 at 2:30
-1 links to page to read instead of explaining the answer in the answer. –  void.pointer Sep 26 at 3:49

Here is a fix. Go to the icon that has 3 horizontal lines in the top right corner, right under the X -> go to stting near the bottom -> scroll down and click "show advanced setting" -> under the privacy section, uncheck the 5th box that says "enable fishing and malware protection"

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