Fake AdBlock Plus extension for Chrome tricks 37000 users

Fake AdBlock Plus extension for Chrome tricks 37000 users

Google has several extensions for Chrome, unlike Windows. Its a matter of concern how the extension was allowed into the Chrome Web Store and was only taken down after 36,000 installations.

SwiftOnSecurity - an anonymous cybersecurity personality - was the first to spot the fake Chrome extension.

It is still unclear just how unsafe this fake extension is.

"Legitimate developers just have to sit back and watch as Google smears them with fake extensions that steal their good name".

However, those users who were tricked into downloading the fraudulent version of the web browser should immediately uninstall it.

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If you suspect an extension may not be legit, it's worth checking the developer behind it and seeing if they are a genuine software maker or scammers in disguise.

Security researchers have identified a fake Adblock Plus extension which has made its way past Google's verification process and into the in the Chrome Web Store - right next to the real one, which has more than 10 million users. According to @SwiftOnSecurity, there are fake copies of popular extensions present on the web store that go unnoticed quite often.

This latest incident of a phony Chrome extension comes as Google is overhauling Chrome, adding new features and different visual screens.

The dodgy extension reportedly swamps infected people with adverts and opens up extrs tabs without the permission of the user. Facebook has changed its algorithms to bypass ad blockers. He said the quality ad-blocking third parties should not have a problem with Google's own ad blocker.

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