37000 users downloaded a fake Adblock Plus extension for Chrome

37000 users downloaded a fake Adblock Plus extension for Chrome

37000 users downloaded a fake Adblock Plus extension for Chrome

The fake Chrome extension has the same name as the original one, with the only difference being a capitalized 'b.' The fake extension even used the same logo and keywords to dupe users, and make itself appear in the search results.

Discovered by a security researcher going by the pseudonym of SwiftOnSecurity, the extension [1, 2] had over 37,000 users at the time it was taken down late last night.

If you've had Adblock Plus installed for a while, there's no need to be concerned as the fake version was a recent addition to the Chrome Web Store. Back in 2015, it blocked users from downloading extensions that were not listed in the Chrome Web Store, which proved to be the right decision. The Adblock Plus extension had gone through the verification process of Google and was allowed on the web store. Although it can be hard if not impossible to spot every one, it's clear that the company has to upgrade its verification process to further minimize the chances of malicious software making its way to the Chrome Web Store.

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According to one of the fake Adblock's reviewers, he started getting invasive ads that open lots of tabs after he installed it. But beyond that, it still remains unclear what damages it might have caused the 37,000 people who downloaded it.

News broke recently that a fake version of the Adblock Plus browser extension had made its way into the Chrome Web store. Such a move was meant to prevent users from downloading malicious software on their computers.

It's now unclear if the fake Adblock Plus extension is to blame. The company said at the time that it received 75 percent fewer support requests from users regarding unwanted extensions. Feel free to sound off in the comments section below if you have any thoughts!

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