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.

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