Chrome 64 Released: Meltdown And Spectre Security Patches, Site-Wide Auto-Mute, Improved Popup Blocker

Google has started rolling out Chrome 64 stable to users running Windows, macOS, Linux operating systems.

As already known, Chrome 64 brings much-awaited fixes for the infamous Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs that Google had already promised to deliver by the end of the month. Updates have been made to the browser’s V8 Javascript engine to enable protection against these speculative side-channel attacks.

A salient feature arrived as a part of the Chrome 64 update is the improved pop-up blocker. Now, Chrome can safeguard against sites with abusive experiences which throw tons of unwanted content in front of the users when they click something.

For instance, third-party websites dressed up as transparent overlays or play buttons on web pages. The browser will also prevent harmful auto-redirects on sites unless the user has interacted with the content.

Google has added HDR (High Dynamic Range) support for Windows 10 machines. It goes without saying that compatible hardware and software would be required to run HDR videos including the Fall Creators Update and HDR-compatible monitor and GPU.

Improvements to Chrome’s settings include a new site-wide auto-mute option for websites which annoy users with unwanted sounds. You can click the green padlock in the address bar to mute audio in site settings. The same can be resolved by visiting Settings > Advanced > Content Settings (under Privacy and Security) > Sound. Here you can add the websites for which you want to disable audio.

The new update which comes almost a month after Google pushed the Chrome 64 beta will take a few days to reach all the devices. Chrome will update automatically, or, you can go to Settings > Help > About Google Chrome.

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Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]
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