Although Google Chrome is the browser of choice for users, and the engineering team at Google and the various Chromium participants are working hard to improve its performance and functionality, there are still a few areas for improvement. And no, for a change, I’m not going to talk about memory management, the big black hole in Google’s browser, and in which engineers continue to work, but which have yet to achieve the results we all hope for.
Indeed, Chrome is currently the number one browser in the world, and statistics from third parties indicate that its market share is close to 70% on a desktop or laptop. But of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean everything works perfectly with Chrome in such an environment, but Google is committed to refining the experience and improving the existing integration with operating systems.
And the Windows version of Chrome may soon get more fine-grained support for antivirus software, as Google wants to reduce the time it takes to perform certain actions, such as downloading when security apps running Windows are affected.
Theoretically, whenever you perform a task in Chrome that involves storing data on your device, Windows Antivirus should scan the data to make sure it is completely safe.
And this is what causes some issues in Chrome, as the whole process can actually trigger a short lock on these files, which ends up making the browser look like it’s lagging behind. “Antivirus programs and other scanners can briefly block new files, which can cause frequent problems when backing up bookmarks and other files that use the Important File Writer. The race between closing the temporary file and moving it is regularly disrupted on some systems,” explains a Google engineer in an article by Chromium Gerrit spotted by Windows Latest.
One solution for all Chromium browsers
The proposed solution, and which is only necessary for Windows, since this is where this problem occurs, involves changing the behavior of the browser in downloads and other disk access for write and modify operations files. With this modification, the volume of operations supervised by the operating system (and not by the antivirus) generated by said “micro-cuts” would be reduced.
Therefore, when performing these actions with Google Chrome (and, of course, other Chromium-based browsers), the processes would be noticeably faster, since those small, but annoying interruptions would not occur.
Needless to say, it remains to be seen how everything will work out when these Chrome improvements roll out for everyone, but in the long run, it’s pretty clear that Google wants their browser to be compatible with Windows 10 antivirus.