It's been a busy week for Google Chrome - Google today posted Chrome 17 to the stable channel, two days after releasing the first Chrome beta for Android 4.0 tablets and phones. Chrome version 17.0.963.46 patches a number of security holes and adds some small new features and cosmetic tweaks.

Chrome 17 adds a feature called Download Scanning Protection to the browser, which compares downloaded .exes and .msi files to a Google-maintained list and lets the user know if the file has been downloaded from a known malicious site. Users can still click through the warning messages, but it's an extra level of security that may occasionally prevent infection.

The other major innovation is more aggressive Omnibox Prerendering - the browser will begin to load search results and webpages in the background before you finish typing them in an attempt to make page loading seem faster. There are also some new APIs for Extensions and "other small changes," including the fact that the new tab button no longer has a plus sign in it. For a complete list of bug and security fixes, the release notes are linked for your convenience below.

The new version of Chrome is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and most flavors of Linux.

Source: Google

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  • dado023 - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    will it update itself?

  • EnzoFX - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    Should, I guess mine did last time I restarted. It's already @ 17 haha.
  • V-Money - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    You're right, I went to check and see if mine did. I was disappointed when it said still said 16, then I realized it was just finishing the install.
  • EnzoFX - Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - link

    Mine hasn't rendered pages in the background for a good while now. I really liked this. Made loading favorites so great. The only thing it renders as you type is google search results =/.
  • Ankou - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link

    So if you type "do " with the space in Google search even without pressing enter, the new more aggressive prerendering will load "do a barrel roll" and spin your display. :/
  • emilemil1 - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link

    Chrome doesn't display the prerendered page until you confirm your selection. Google Search is an exception for some reason. This is most likely because it would be very annoying if your screen flashed between multiple websites as you type a long address.

    You can see the difference in loading speed with a simple test. For example by copying the address of a website that is known to load slowly, restarting the browser, and then pasting the address into the Omnibar and press enter in quick succession, giving Chrome no time to prerender. Compare that to typing the address (until Chrome guesses the one you want) and then waiting a while before pressing enter. The page should appear with virtually no delay, as you have given Chrome time to load everything by waiting before confirming your selection.
  • diennguyen - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link

    Touch Support! Finally - no more third party extension! There is minor bug with scoll bar though.
  • FiveO - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link

    why did they removed the + icon for creating a new tab. Older or non-power users will never again click there (also CTRL & T doesn't get into many heads)
  • tlbj6142 - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link

    I wish they'd get rid of the little button entirely and have it work like Firefox, just click on the space next to the tabs to start a new tab.
  • Bateluer - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link

    FireFox has a button, its a Plus sign.

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