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A recent Chrome update is causing issues with sound

Chrome continues to be the world’s most popular web browser and is clearly keen to keep it that way.

The internet giant is constantly updating and refreshing this software in a bid to make it better than the competition.

However, a recent upgrade appears to have done more harm than good.

In a bid to make the experience better for Chrome users, .

In a post on their blog Google said: “As announced earlier, autoplay is now allowed only when either the media won’t play sound, after the user clicks or taps on the site, or (on desktop) if the user has previously shown an interest in media on the site.

“This will reduce unexpected video playbacks with sound when first opening a web page.”

But stopping sound on videos that play automatically appears to be playing havoc with other audio within the browser.

According to a report by waypoint it seems the recent change to Chrome has broken numerous games that are playable in the browser.

Speaking about the seriousness of the issue, one developer said: “I cannot think of a comparable moment where one team of developers killed so much internet culture in one unilateral move.”

Google is aware of the problems that its autoplay block has caused and says it’s now delaying the update.

In a post to developers Google product manager John Pallett, said: “We’re doing this to give Web Audio API developers (e.g. gaming, audio applications, some RTC features) more time to update their code.

“The team here is working hard to improve things for users and developers, but in this case we didn’t do a good job of communicating the impact of the new autoplay policy to developers using the Web Audio API.”

The news of this latest issue comes as fans of the .

Experts from the team at Radware say they have found a number of malicious Chrome extensions that were all available and hosted on the official Chrome Store.

This malware campaign appears to have attacked users by performing credential theft, cryptomining and click fraud.

Speaking on a blog post the security firm said: “Further investigation by Radware’s Threat Research group has revealed that this group has been active since at least March of 2018 and has already infected more than 100,000 users in over 100 countries.”

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