Google Chrome users tricked into downloading fake ad blocker

Google Chrome users tricked into downloading fake ad blocker

SwiftOnSecurity also mentioned the fake extension is the handiwork of a developer who specializes in clones of 'popular name and spams keywords.' What is also intriguing is that the fake extension could made it through the standard Google verifications and still get listed at the Chrome Store alongside the original.

Users noted that while the false extension's publicly visible name was "AdBlock Plus", its extension ID included non-Latin characters that differentiated it from the genuine software while maintaining a similar appearance, a technique that may have fooled Google's filters. This automated process has allowed Google to quickly build up its Web Store, which has surpassed Mozilla's add-ons repository to become the biggest browser extensions portal among all browsers.

However, it would appear that there are still cracks in Google's extension vetting and approval process for Chrome, despite narrowing down where such extensions can be downloaded from. Also, for AdBlock Plus, this is not the first time a fake extension has tried to copy it, notes Neowin.

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. Google said the move resulted in a 75 percent drop in the number of customer support help requests for uninstalling unwanted extensions.

The UK and U.S. aren't keeping pace with the global economic upswing
For the United Kingdom , the more subdued forecasts are due to growth in the first half of 2017 coming in weaker than expected. The IMF now predicts South Africa's economy to grow just 0.7% by the end of 2017 - down from original forecasts of 1.0%.

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

At the time, SwiftOnSecurity reported, nearly 37,000 people had already downloaded this application.

Hallelujah. Starting in January 2018, Chrome is going to save us from autoplay videos.

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