How to Turn Off Chrome Virus Detection?

How to Turn Off Chrome Virus Detection
Chrome, Online security, Anti-malware software, Chrome Virus Detection
Written by Wilbur Woodham

Chrome Virus Detection may cause rare, but annoying issues with your downloads. Even when the file is safe, its checkup may take too long, or show false detections. At some point, users want to turn it off. Let’s see how to disable Chrome Virus Detection system and which dangers may it bring to your computer.

What is Chrome Virus Detection?

Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers, scoring over 65% of the entire browser market. Being that popular makes the developers responsible for various security concerns. Malware downloading is one of them, and for dealing with it, Chrome features its own virus detection system. It activates at the end of downloading if you use a default downloading mechanism in the browser. Before the checkup is over, you cannot interact with the file in any way. By design, this system is benevolent and reliable, giving malware much fewer chances to slip through. The system is integrated into the browser on a core level, meaning it is present in all browsers based on Chromium core.

Chrome Virus Detection

A still circle around the downloaded file icon means that the checkup is running

Chrome Virus Detection problems

This, however, creates problems in some instances. Operating with large files or archives may choke even regular anti-malware software. Needless to say that one embedded into the browser will have much less operational resources and will have problems with even smaller files. Chrome Virus Detection commonly skips extremely big files (500MB+), but borderline-sized files will create troubles. On weak systems, especially ones that use HDD drives, a check may last over a minute – which is suboptimal by any means.

Another place where Chrome virus scan may create problems is malware analysis. Chrome developers were not considering the possibility when a person intentionally downloads malware for testing. Even though all things are done consciously, the browser will block the file as it contains malware. There’s no way to make the Chrome virus scan ignore the file – as it is commonly possible in anti-malware software. Both of these reasons end up with a sole request – disabling Chrome Virus Detection.

How to disable Chrome Virus Detection?

Fortunately all who struggle with buggy virus detection in the browser can simply disable this mechanism. That will not only cease any related bugs but also decrease the load on your system. However, it is important to understand that disabling malware protection is always a risk, regardless of the app this protection works in. It is recommended to get full-fledged anti-malware software as a substitution – as they are generally more flexible.

  • Click the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the browser window. Go for Settings → Privacy and Security. There, find and click the Security tab.

Chrome security settings p1

  • In this tab, choose the “No protection” option in the Safe Browsing section. The browser will warn you about security risks – press “Turn off” to continue. After that, reload the browser to apply the settings.

Chrome virus detection disable

There is also an alternative way of dealing with the Chrome Virus Detection issues. Sometimes, it becomes buggy simply because of issues with some internal settings. Resetting your browser may fix it up – and that is a great option when you don’t want to lose the protection, but cannot keep going with bugs.

  • Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button:

  • In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults”:

  • Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default:

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About the author

Wilbur Woodham

I was a technical writer from early in my career, and consider IT Security one of my foundational skills. I’m sharing my experience here, and I hope you find it useful.

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