Monday, 16 October, 2017

Fraudulent ad-blocking extension tricks 37000 Google Chrome users

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Sherri Watson | 10 October, 2017, 17:39

One such popular extension was mimicked by a phony extension, which was available on Chrome for download until now.

However, those users who were tricked into downloading the fraudulent version of the web browser should immediately uninstall it. Reportedly, the search giant is already working on the ad-blocking feature, which will be unveiled for the Chrome users soon. The fraudulent extension got through the verification process that Google has in place.

If you use Adblock Plus with Chrome and downloaded the extension pretty recently, you may want to check what you've installed.

As The Verge notes, lots of users used to have problems with fake Google Chrome extensions in the past, that's why Google in 2015 eventually disallowed Windows and Mac users from getting extensions from third parties, or in other words, those not hosted inside the official Chrome Web Store directly.

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. These popular keywords allowed the fake extension to pop up in unrelated search queries. After doing so, Google claimed that it saw a 75 percent drop in the amount of support requests for removing unwanted extensions - for Windows users, at least. Further, the executive said that filtering will be done considering what is user-friendly and what is not based on the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads. But because the extension spoofs the legitimate Ad Blocker name, it has managed to dupe thousands of people to download it. However, this capability will come to Chrome somewhere in January next year.