In this article we will tell you how to activate or deactivate safe browsing in Chromium browser enabled Windows 11/10 computers. By default, Safe Browsing remains enabled in Google Chrome with standard protection, and you can also enable enhanced protection for this feature. If you need to turn off Safe Browsing for some reason, you can use the step-by-step instructions in this article. You can also turn on Safe Browsing whenever needed.
What is Safe Browsing in Google Chrome?
Safe Browsing is a built-in feature of Google Chrome that helps protect you from extensions, sites, downloads, etc. dangerous. It is different from private browsing or incognito mode. As mentioned earlier, it comes with two main levels of protection called Standard protections and Reinforced protection.
For each level of protection there are different security features such as it warns you if passwords are exposed in a data breach, checks for dangerous sites from the database stored in Chrome, predicts and warns you dangerous events, etc. A No protection The level is also present which does not protect you when accessing dangerous sites etc., but you will still enjoy the safety of Safe Browsing when available.
Enable or disable safe browsing in Google Chrome
Whether you need to turn safe browsing on or off in the Chrome browser, it requires a simple Registration adjust on Windows your PC 11/10. Before using this tweak or any other registry tweak, it’s also a good idea to create a system restore point just in case. Now follow these steps:
- Open registry editor window
- Access Strategies key
- To create Google key under the Policies key
- To create Chromium Google key under key
- To create Safe browsing protection level DWORD value
- Change the value data of the SafeBrowsingProtectionLevel value
- Restart the Chrome browser.
Open the Registry Editor window. You can type regedit in the search box of your Windows 11/10 computer and press the Enter key to open it. Or, you can use another preferred way to open it.
After opening Registry Editor, navigate to Strategies key. The path is:
Under Policies Key, create a registry key and set its name to Google. Once you’ve done that, create another registry key under the Google key and rename it as Chromium.
Now on the right side of the Chrome key you need to create a new DWORD value. To do this, right-click on the empty area, click on New, and click on the DWORD value (32 bit) option. Once done, rename this DWORD value to SafeBrowsingProtectionLevel.
Double click on the SafeBrowsingProtectionLevel key and a small box will open. There you need to modify its value data. You can add these three values:
- 0 for no protection
- 1 for standard protection
- 2 for enhanced protection.
Add 0 in the Value data field to turn off safe browsing and press Okay.
You can now close Registry Editor. After that, restart the Chrome browser if it is already open. When you access the Safe Browsing section under Chrome Browser Settings, you will notice that it is now disabled. Its two options (Standard Protection and Enhanced Protection) will be disabled / grayed out, and No protection the option will be selected automatically.
To re-enable Safe Browsing in Google Chrome, follow the steps mentioned above and go to Safe browsing protection level DWORD value. After that, just delete this DWORD value and restart the Chrome browser.
To note: A similar setting was also available in the Windows 11/10 Local Group Policy feature for Google Chrome, but this setting is deprecated. Therefore, the Registry Editor method is convenient.
How to remove safe browsing?
If you are looking for a way to turn off safe browsing for Chrome browser, you can follow the steps explained here. The same trick can be used to re-enable Safe Browsing in Google Chrome. The registry method works, but Group Policy has been deprecated.
Where can I find safe browsing in Chrome?
The safe browsing function is present in the settings of Google Chrome. To access it, do the following:
- Click on the three vertical points icon at the top right of the Chrome browser
- Click on the Settings option
- To select Privacy and Security option available on the left section
- Click on the Security section available on the right side.
Hope this helps.
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