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To get you where you want to go even faster, Chrome will now start loading some web pages in the background, even before you’ve finished typing the URL in the omnibox. If the URL auto-completes to a site you’re very likely to visit, Chrome will begin to prerender the page. Prerendering reduces the time between when you hit Enter and when you see your fully-loaded web page--in some cases, the web page appears instantly.
To help protect you against malicious downloads, Chrome now includes expanded functionality to analyze executable files (such as “.exe” and “.msi” files) that you download. If a file you download is known to be bad, or is hosted on a website that hosts a relatively high percentage of malicious downloads, Chrome will warn you that the file appears to be malicious and that you should discard it. We’re starting small with this initial Beta release, but we’ll be ramping up coverage for more and more malicious files in the coming months. Remember, no technical mechanism can ever protect you completely from malicious downloads. You should always be careful about which files you download and consider the reputation of their source.
If the URL auto-completes to a site you’re very likely to visit, Chrome will begin to prerender the page.
Prefetch requests include an "x-moz: prefetch" HTTP header. Websites can choose to filter out prefetch requests in their server statistics, as well as reject prefetch requests, which would cause the request to be sent only when a user actually clicks on a link.
Chrome can only "guess" what you are likely to visit and if it's not the prerendered page then Chrome just wasted the web site owner's bandwidth for nothing.
Does anyone like this feature?
I would guess that the primary reason for it is so Google can promote their Chrome browser as faster than the competition
[edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 2:26 am (utc) on Jan 10, 2012]
[edited by: incrediBILL at 2:29 am (utc) on Jan 10, 2012]