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    jackblades
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    Default Chrome tries downloading "watch" when viewing videos and gifs

    I recently bought my girlfriend a Windows 8 laptop. She's barely used it and has noticed that when she tries to view gifs or videos online through chrome it tries to download something called "watch". She has nothing else installed on her laptop, it is brand new. She is using Avast anti-virus, and has not downloaded any new programs or applications.

    It happens even when she just clicks on a youtube link. Chrome does not go to the youtube page, instead it tries to download something called watch. If you cancel the download it then goes to the page.

    Any ideas?
    It is a brand new HP Envion dv6 laptop. Windows 8 64 bit.

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    Default Re: Chrome tries downloading "watch" when viewing videos and gifs

    Jac,

    Here are my ideas:

    1. Use IE10, instead of Chrome. It won't do these things.
    2. Use the security that is native to your OS (windows Defender) rather than unnecessarily putting in Avast.
    3. Also, speaking of YouTube... there is a nice YouTube APP that lets you DL either videos or MP3s.

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Chrome tries downloading "watch" when viewing videos and gifs

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    Jac,

    Here are my ideas:

    1. Use IE10, instead of Chrome. It won't do these things.
    2. Use the security that is native to your OS (windows Defender) rather than unnecessarily putting in Avast.
    3. Also, speaking of YouTube... there is a nice YouTube APP that lets you DL either videos or MP3s.

    Cheers,
    Drew
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    Thanks for the reply Drew. I understand that IE10 may not have these problems but chrome should still work on windows 8 right? If not then isn't there a problem either with chrome or windows? Personally, I like windows specifically for the vast amount of choices you have while using the os compared to macs.

    Honestly I don't trust the windows security. I don't feel it is nearly enough to block incoming junk from the net. Avast has worked wonders for me for years now. Are you more referring to the firewall? That we can do.

    I understand there are plenty of applications out there to download youtube videos or MP3s but she just wants to quickly watch something online, not wait for a download.

    Again. thanks for your reply.

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    Jack,

    Yes, Chrome works on Win8. I have used it on 8 w/ no problem. I prefer IE but, that's neither here nor there, really.

    2. I used to use Avast myself for many years, recommended it & put it in machines I built or overhauled for my clients. But, I have use MSE (now in Win8, Defender) for many years and I do trust it. Certainly, one can use something else. My only point is, since one of the cool things about Windows 8 is that it comes w/ security, by default, one is not required to put 3rd party software in it for protection.
    Yes, sure, Avast, if you want for A-V but, using (still) the OS Firewall.
    In addition to using Defender which, does both A-V and A-M (anti-malware) we , also, recommend Malwarebytes, also for A-M and running it wkly.

    3. One can watch/listen to something from or on YouTube w/out downloading the selection. This can be done in the YouTube web site or (w/ Windows 8) by accessing YouTube via the YouTube APP found in the Store APPs. ON Start > Store > Top Free & you will see the YouTube APP.

    Cheers,
    Drew
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    Default Re: Chrome tries downloading "watch" when viewing videos and gifs

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    Jack,

    Yes, Chrome works on Win8. I have used it on 8 w/ no problem. I prefer IE but, that's neither here nor there, really.

    2. I used to use Avast myself for many years, recommended it & put it in machines I built or overhauled for my clients. But, I have use MSE (now in Win8, Defender) for many years and I do trust it. Certainly, one can use something else. My only point is, since one of the cool things about Windows 8 is that it comes w/ security, by default, one is not required to put 3rd party software in it for protection.
    Yes, sure, Avast, if you want for A-V but, using (still) the OS Firewall.
    In addition to using Defender which, does both A-V and A-M (anti-malware) we , also, recommend Malwarebytes, also for A-M and running it wkly.

    3. One can watch/listen to something from or on YouTube w/out downloading the selection. This can be done in the YouTube web site or (w/ Windows 8) by accessing YouTube via the YouTube APP found in the Store APPs. ON Start > Store > Top Free & you will see the YouTube APP.

    Cheers,
    Drew
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    Understood. Thank you for the advice, Drew.
    Last edited by Drew; 01-15-2013 at 04:05 AM.

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    You're welcome; my pleasure.

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