Fake Adblock Plus extension downloaded from Chrome Store over 37000 times

Isaac Cain
October 11, 2017

Due to keyword stuffing, the fake extension was ranking at good spots on the website and looked exactly like the original which is why a lot of people went ahead to download it. However, it's quite unusual that it got past Google's verification process, especially when considering that AdBlock is a well know service with over 10 million users and already has an extension in the Chrome Web Store.

However, one of the users who had downloaded the fake Adblock Plus said the extension functioned just the opposite of what it was supposed to do.

If you have recently installed the AdBlock Plus extension for Google Chrome, you may want to double check if it is the real deal as a fake has reportedly been installed by as many as 37,000 people. It also provides instructions for anyone who is concerned that they may have a malicious version of the extension installed.

However, those users who were tricked into downloading the fraudulent version of the web browser should immediately uninstall it. 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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Google has removed a malicious extension from its Chrome Web Store that posed as the popular AdBlock Plus ad blocker but forcibly opened new tabs to show ads to users. "Now it seems Google has kicked out the phony app".

At the time, SwiftOnSecurity reported, nearly 37,000 people had already downloaded this application.

Google has announced a number of steps to combat annoying ads over recent months.

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

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