UPDATE 10/20/15: KickassTorrents blocked due to harmful programs
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are currently blocking access to kat.cr (KickassTorrents) and other torrent websites for the second time in 2015. If you try to visit kat.cr you will be presented with a red webpage that says “the site ahead contains harmful programs.” The complete message goes on to detail that “attackers on kat.cr might attempt to trick you into installing programs that harm your browsing experience (for example, by changing your homepage or showing extra ads on sites you visit).” Previously in July, Google Safe Browsing contradicted their own statements and said that kat.cr “has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days” and that “kat.cr did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.” This time, Google claims to have allegedly found malicious software on kat.cr.
Malicious software allegedly found by Google includes 2 trojan(s), 1 exploit(s). Google also claims that successful infection resulted in an average of 2 new process(es) on the target machine. Google claims “Of the 6582 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 104 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent.” However, it should be noted that this may or may not have occurred on the kat.cr domain. According to the Google Safe Browsing report “malicious software is hosted on 2 domain(s), including downloadnet1004.com/, adventuredistricthotels.com/” and “20 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including ato.mx/, adk2.co/, chlcotrk.com/.”
The KAT team informs us that the bad advertiser has been removed, so the warning should disappear after Google reviews it.
How to turn off Google Chrome phishing & malware warnings
To access kat.cr and other torrent websites using Google Chrome without having to click details and visit the site every time you leave the site and return you can turn off phishing and malware warnings using the instructions below. Otherwise, just click details and visit the site until the option expires.
- In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu (customize and control Google Chrome).
- Select Settings and go to Show advanced settings.
- Under “Privacy,” uncheck the box “Enable phishing and malware protection.”