You Might Have Downloaded A Fake Adblock Plus Extension On Chrome


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

The fake offering was reportedly online for quite some time, as it wasn't until SwiftOnSecurity tweeted about it that the fake add-on was removed.

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The extension in question is AdBlock Plus, and its fake version was downloaded by over 37,000 users.

Users could have spotted the fake extension based on the blob of unrelated keywords the fraudulent developer added to the extension's description. We asked Google if it has unearthed anything about the fraudulent extension, but even if we never hear back, it may be best to re-install Adblock Plus if you notice getting random ads after downloading it.

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SwiftOnSecurity, an anonymous cybersecurity personality, called attention to the fake Adblock Plus on Twitter, pointing out that imposters, like the fake Adblock Plus, seem to keep on bypassing Google's evaluation process and ending up on the official store.

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. 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. But because the extension spoofs the legitimate Ad Blocker name, it has managed to dupe thousands of people to download it.

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In addition, to further enhance the user experience, Google is also bringing a capability to Chrome to mute irksome autoplay videos.