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Jestertheclown Avatar
Jestertheclown 15 8.8k 255 England
1 May 2022 6:41PM
I've been using Google Chrome for as long as I can remember but yesterday, I tried to open a bookmark (to a magazine) and was faced with this:

Another bookmark, this one to the same magazine but another section worked normally although it's just now joined its brethren in offering that screenshot.
I'm not about to click on the verification button.
It seems to be peculiar to Chrome as using Firefox and Edge, both bookmarks work normally.
As an alternative, I've been using Microsoft Edge, since everything's working on there and I don't particularly like Firefox and I'm quietly impressed by it.
I've never used it before but I'm now considering switching to it.
Does anyone have, firstly, any idea what's going on with my bookmarks and secondly, is Edge, by comparison to Chrome, any good?
wsh Avatar
wsh Plus
5 85 United Kingdom
2 May 2022 9:29AM
I had this same problem for quite some time and even had this screenshot when trying to open EPZ, having to go through the rigmarole of proving I am human to open pages. Using Norton on my computer I had it run power erasure which found something called "Guardware" in the system files and subsequently removed it. Since then I've had no more problems.
Big Bri Avatar
Big Bri 22 16.7k United Kingdom
2 May 2022 10:07AM
This is likely because the website has implemented additional security to prevent something like a DDoS attack.
I don't think it has anything to do with which browser you are using.

To answer your question about Edge - it is just as good as Chrome for running websites as it now uses the Chromium engine, however there are a few obvious differences when using it.
Main one for me is the "most used" links on a new page are not as good: on Chrome you can set them and they stay, on Edge they keep getting updated.

Depends on whether you want Google harvesting information about literally everything you do online, or Microsoft. Wink
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Jestertheclown 15 8.8k 255 England
2 May 2022 12:46PM
Thanks Guys.

I've scanned my machine using Malwarebytes Pro and nothing untoward shows up. Although it was my first thought, I now don't think that there's anything loaded on here that shouldn't be.

I think you're right. That idea's been mentioned in another forum where I posted the same question.
It's been instigated by something called 'Cloudfare,' which evidently does precisely what you're suggesting.
According to a poster on another forum where I posted the same question, Cloudfare's legit so I clicked on that button and immediately, my internet connection ceased to exist and the relevant bookmark disappeared.
I got the internet back by restarting my machine but I shan't be trying that button again.
I can only assume that, providing 'Cloudfare' really is OK, then their implementation of whatever it is that they do, isn't working properly on that bookmark, using Chrome.
It's absolutely specific. That bookmark works perfectly everywhere else.
Hopefully, it'll eventually rectify itself.

Paul Morgan Avatar
Paul Morgan 22 19.9k 6 England
2 May 2022 11:13PM
Have you tried clearing/resetting the browsing cache ?
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Jestertheclown 15 8.8k 255 England
3 May 2022 10:01AM

Quote:Have you tried clearing/resetting the browsing cache ?

Yes but thanks anyway.


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