Google this week boosted Chrome to version 71, the last refresh of 2018 and one that includes punitive measures against sites spewing what the search giant described as “abusive experiences.”

Chrome 71 also patched 43 security vulnerabilities reported by outside researchers, who were paid $59,000 in finders’ fees.

Chrome updates in the background, so users can typically just relaunch the browser to install the latest. To manually update, select “About Google Chrome” from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab either shows the browser has been updated or displays the download process before presenting a “Relaunch” button. New-to-Chrome users can download it from this Google site for Windows, macOS or Linux.

The Mountain View, Calif. company updates Chrome every six to seven weeks. It last upgraded the browser on Oct. 16.

Slapping some sites with total ad embargo

A month ago, Google ran an ad-raid drill, telling Chrome users, “Starting in December 2018, Chrome 71 will remove all ads on the small number of sites with persistent abusive experiences.” (Google defines abusive experiences here.)

Removing all ads could, of course, easily put an advertising-dependent website on the poor farm. That’s the point. Through Chrome – which dominates the Web – Google has been shaping online to its taste, often using the browser as a bludgeon to punish sites or practices it feels are hostile to customers or noxious to itself.