What’s up with that Deceptive site ahead! warning in Chrome?

Aleksandar Ognjanovic
by Aleksandar Ognjanovic
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  • Lately, the Internet became a dangerous place, as the population of daily users grows and cyber-criminals are rather productive. The majorities' go-to tool for browsing through the interwebz is Google Chrome.
  • Google pays a lot of attention to user's online safety, and that's the inclusive concept of the Chrome browser, as well. They might invade your privacy occasionally, but phishing and malware sites are immediately identified.
  • Google Chrome is the most used browser so we wrote a plethora of articles about it. Find them in our Google Chrome section.
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Deceptive site ahead! warning in Chrome

Lately, the internet became a dangerous place, as the population of daily users grows and cyber-criminals are rather productive.

The majorities’ go-to tool for browsing through the interwebz is Google Chrome.

However, there are some bewildering things in Chrome. Like the sudden warning about the dangerous site ahead, or rather a deceptive one.

This requires some light-shedding and we made sure to do so today. If you ever bumped into a Deceptive site ahead warning screen while navigating to a site, make sure to check the explanation below.

What’s Deceptive site ahead security warning on Chrome?

Google pays a lot of attention to user’s online safety, and that’s the inclusive concept of the Chrome browser, as well. They might invade your privacy occasionally, but phishing and malware sites are immediately identified.

Thus, even without the third-party antivirus’ online protection, you’ll probably run into one or more security warnings along the way. Especially if you roam around the obscure parts of the internet or click on pop-ups or ads.

They are characterized by the red alert screen informing you that the link you’re trying to follow is:

  • Containing malware
  • Leading to a deceptive site
  • Trying to load scripts from the untrusted source.

Concerning the Deceptive site ahead warning, most of the time those are the treacherous sites trying to steal your personal data, especially passwords. Milder versions come with dozens of ad pop-ups.

When something like this happens, you can send a report, close the tab and avoid the site in the future, or just open it if you know you can trust it.

These protective measures are there to prevent phishing and malware infections. Also, Chrome will automatically prevent all downloads from unauthorized sources.

How to disable warnings about unsafe sites in Google Chrome

We found out some false reports saying that this is a browser hijacker or malware infection at hand. It’s not.

It’s an integral part of Chrome which can be disabled if you like to do so. Read more about Google’s official Transparency Report.

Here’s how to disable the Deceptive site ahead prompt in Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on the 3-dot menu in the far right corner and open Settings.Deceptive site ahead
  3. Scroll down and expand the Advanced section.
  4. Navigate to Privacy & security.
  5. Disable Protect you and your device from dangerous sites.Deceptive site ahead

We recommend using an AdBlocker to surmount pop-ups and antivirus for online protection.

Windows Defender will suffice most of the time, but if you want to make your browsing extra-safe, Bitdefender Internet Security 2018 is something we gladly recommend and praise. Check out our review of Bitdefender.

With that, we can conclude this article. If you have some unanswered questions concerning the Deceptive side ahead prompt and similar subjects, make sure to tell us in the comments section below.

FAQ: Read more about Deceptive site ahead! warning

  • Why is my site showing deceptive site ahead?
If you see the Deceptive site ahead! warning when you access your site that might indicate that your site has been hacked or infected with malware. If you don’t have an antivirus installed, read our best antivirus software for Windows 10 list.
  • How do I stop deceptive site ahead?

First, it’s not recommended to do that because it’s a form of protection. But if you insist, you will have to change the settings of your browser. Learn how to do that with our comprehensive guide.

  • How can you tell if a website is dangerous?
Type in this URL http://google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site= and after that paste the site you want to verify. You can even enter an IP address. In the new window you will see if that site hosted malware in the past 90 days.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

  • Wow!!! “May invade your privacy occassionally”!!? Why don’t you stop a moment and really soak in how that sounds. Are you being paid by Google? They have gone too far with this and have now assumed our need for safety by prying into our lives with data use. Think that’s ridiculous? Wanna ask Zuckerberg?

    This is not only an overstep in their means to police the internet by themselves instead of a governing body with no self-interest, but the ominous message that websites are given is also coming up with false positives. How about investigating the amount that that is happening? Not only are small legit Mom and Pop company websites getting flagged but you might want to check with HP and see how they fared today when it happened to them.

    Lastly, maybe you want to do actual journalism and be thorough and you might actually question why the only way to be considered for reversal of your ominous flagged site, that is likely losing customers as fast as possible, is to lodge a request for review from Google itself.

    Sorry but I don’t recall voting for Google as Emperor of the internet….and you shouldn’t be so quick to hand them the crown either.