A new beta version of the Google Chrome browser contains malware download protection. Chrome's "Safe Browsing" technology previously focused on only protecting users from drive-by downloads, in which their machines are infected simply by visiting a malicious website, but the upgrade covers them if they attempt to install a malicious file on a website. "If a file you download is known to be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads, Chrome will warn you that the file appears to be malicious and that you should discard it," according to a Thursday blog post. The capability is not yet present in the stable channel version of Chrome.