Google clamping down on malicious Chrome extensions

If you use Google’s web browser Chrome, and you’ve noticed that some extensions are causing problems, take heart. Google recently discovered that about 200 Chrome extensions are injecting ads in deceptive ways, often leading users to malware. These extensions have been killed by Google, and measures taken to prevent this type of abuse in the future. Note that Google doesn’t explicitly bar ad-injection extensions; however, such extensions are subject to certain limitations.

If you suspect that your installation of Chrome is running one or more of these rogue extensions, your best bet is to uninstall Chrome completely and reinstall it.

Update 2015Apr09: Google’s efforts to identify and remove problematic extensions are ongoing. More announcements of this type are expected. For example: the extension ‘Webpage Screenshot’ was found to be collecting user data inappropriately, and was also killed.

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Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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