Google removes 200 ad-injecting Chrome extensions that had malware

Google cracks down on 200 ad-injecting extensions for Chrome, most of which were giving users malware.

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Published Thu, Apr 2 2015 2:46 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:08 PM CST

Google has kicked off April with quite a bang, announcing that it has removed almost 200 ad-injecting Chrome extensions, which were exposing users to malware, and all sorts of other nasties.

Google removes 200 ad-injecting Chrome extensions that had malware | TweakTown.com

More than a third of these Chrome extensions were injecting ads that were recently classified as malware, with researchers finding 192 deceptive Chrome extensions that had affected a huge 14 million people. Google officials have removed those extensions, and pushed in new techniques that will catch any new, or updated extensions that try to abuse users.

The study also found that there is widespread use of ad injectors for other browsers, not just Chrome, on both Windows and OS X. Over 5% of people visiting Google sites have at least one ad injector installed, and within that group, half of those half two injectors installed. Scarily, nearly one-third have at least four installed.

NEWS SOURCE:arstechnica.com

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