Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and 11 has started flagging the competitor Google Chrome browser’s installation file as potentially malicious. A series of pop-ups recommend deleting the ChromeSetup.exe file and trying Edge instead. The bug occurs only in Microsoft Edge version 116 and only for some users, reports the resource. Windows Latest.
When trying to download Chrome, Microsoft’s browser displays a warning message: “ChromeSetup.exe can harm your device. Do you still want to keep it?” – and offers to either save or delete the Google Chrome installation file.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has taken steps to increase Edge’s popularity with users and discourage them from switching to Chrome. Various tricks were used: displaying Edge ads on the search page for a browser download request in Bing or directly on a competing browser’s download page. The Windows developer also tried to complicate the procedure for changing the default browser in the system, but later had to abandon this idea. And in the April update, the button to select Chrome as the default browser in one click stopped working – the system started bombarding corporate users with system windows.