How to protect yourself against Chrome extension adware

Posted by on January 27, 2014

January 27, 2014, 12:17 PM
If you’re using a Chrome extension, you could be victimized by snooping, malware, and adware. But no need to worry: I’ve got extensions that protect you, as well as a list of potential malicious extensions you should avoid.

Last week it was revealed that a variety of Chrome extensions have been spewing adware or worse. PC World reports that in several instance, what were initially legitimate extensions were sold, and the companies that bought them turned them into adware.

That makes it tough for you to know whether a Chrome extension is legitimate, or instead adware or worse. However, there are some simple things you can do to protect yourself. A first step is to head over to the How-To Geek, which has a list of extensions that it claims are adware.

That’s not enough, though, because there’s no way a single site can keep track of all Chrome adware extensions. So you can take matters in your own hands by getting extensions that root out any Chrome adware. Shield for Chrome says that it puts a halt to more “over 100 adware, spyware, or malicious extensions that are currently available in Chrome web store and used by millions.” In addition, it continually monitors your extensions and the behavior of Web sites to detect any malicious patterns of behavior.

Another extension that claims to do a similar thing is Extension Defender. It says it can detect more than 80 adware, spyware or malicious extensions, and is regularly updated with new signatures.

So before downloading another extension, use this advice to keep yourself safe.

Adware.Pirrit Removal Report – Enigma Software Group

Posted by on January 25, 2014

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Adware.Pirrit Description

Adware.Pirrit is adware that may show annoying pop-up ads in a Web browser related to the computer user’s browsing activity when a PC user is visiting a variety of suspicious websites. The Adware.Pirrit advertisements may signify that a computer system is affected by adware or a potentially unwanted application. Adware.Pirrit may be distributed and install itself onto the computer system packaged with numerous freeware, which computer users can download and install from the Internet. Freeware may often include numerous other programs, which may be unnecessary for the computer user. Therefore, when the PC user installs any free app, he should carefully follow what he is going to install together with the desired tool that he has selected. Once installed, the Adware.Pirrit browser plug-in may highlight words on the websites that are visited by computer users replacing them with hyperlinks. The Adware.Pirrit links may be embedded within the text, and may come with a double underline to make them different from common links. When the computer user rolls the mouse over the link, the pop-up ads of Adware.Pirrit may appear on the screen. If the computer user clicks on the Adware.Pirrit pop-up links, the creators of the browser extension may earn money from these clicks.

Type: Adware

How Can You Detect Adware.Pirrit?

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Browser beware: A list of browser extensions that spy on you and …

Posted by on January 21, 2014

Chrome Firefox Browser Extensions Spyware Adware

The NSA is watching your every move (not really) and malicious hackers are trying to steal your data at every turn (really), so the last thing you need is for your own Web browser to start working against you as well. Following recent revelations that some Chrome extensions were packed with adware, Google quickly responded and removed them from the Chrome Web Store. The problem apparently goes much further than the few extensions Google axed, however, and How-To Geek recently ran a post to help bring the issue to light.

The site compiled a list of eight Chrome extensions that spy on you, two Firefox extensions known to spy, and 26 additional Chrome extensions that include adware. How-To Geek also issued an important note alongside its lists: “It’s worth noting that a lot of these extensions will end up temporarily removing their ads as a result of all the press coverage. They should not be trusted going forward though.”

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Posted by on January 21, 2014

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Adware.Mipony Description

Adware.Mipony is adware that may hijack online searches of the PC user by replacing search results with sponsored links and unwillingly rerouting the computer user to unreliable websites with the content mostly associated with adware. Adware.Mipony may insert a plug-in, browser extension or add-on for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer when PC users install other free software from untrustworthy download websites. When PC users install these free applications, they may also install Adware.Mipony on their computer systems. Once installed, Adware.Mipony may hijack an online search box on numerous well-known social networking or online shopping websites and substitute it with its own. Adware.Mipony may show unwanted pop-up ads and divert computer users to suspicious websites created to possibly earn money from raised traffic of the website and clicks on advertisements.

Type: Adware

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Adware.Qvod is adware which may be generated to earn money from clicks on advertisements. Once installed on the PC, Adware.Qvod may show error messages, random pop-up advertisements or advertisements linked to the computer user’s Web browsing habits. Adware.Qvod may proliferate via infectious removable devices, spam emails including malicious attachments, file sharing websites on peer-to-peer networks and many other means. Adware.Qvod may prevent the PC user from normal Internet surfing activity. Adware.Qvod may be able to trace the computer user’s online sessions and collect Internet surfing information that may then be used in for targeted marketing intentions.

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Adware.HDVidCodec is adware that may show a variety of irritating pop-up advertisements on the compromised PC while the computer user is surfing the Internet. Adware.HDVidCodec can access Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome Web browsers. When Adware.HDVidCodec corrupts the computer system, it may cover the screen of the computer with random pop-up advertisements while the PC user is surfing shopping websites or other popular websites. If the PC user clicks on these pop-up advertisements, he may get rerouted to unidentified websites. The main purpose of Adware.HDVidCodec may be to raise traffic of unreliable websites.

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