That sounds counterintuitive, but listen out. If you are looking for a new browser add-on to try, or want to download one that is recommended for you, stop using the Chrome Online Store to find it.
While I̵7;m most confident that you, a Lifehacker smart tech reader, will not participate in fraudulent extensions on the Chrome Web Store, AdGuard Recently reported that 300 extra as well as fraudulent were responsible for almost sucking 80 million Chrome users (minus any bots).
While a number from these the extensions were the features “your very clear extensions that someone with a brain should avoid”, there were enough that were close enough for a reasonable extension to cause problems. For example:
- Ad-block for YouTube
- Adblocker for YouTube
- A blocker
- AdBlock – Stop advertising on any site
These were all fake lists that have since been removed from the Store in the Web Chrome, but only because AdGuard was able to get Google’s attention. Up to that point, these additional scams have selected millions of users in total since every time they started. And none of the additions to that list, per record, were legal – the extension you want I want is “Adblock for Youtube, “From AdRemover, but how is a regular person expected to know?
It feels like we are writing this kind of story with an alarming frequency. To me, this indicates that Chrome has a reasonably sized problem on its hands within the Chrome Web Store. It feels a bit like West West, where anyone can seemingly charge any extension that is either a maliciously charged clone of another, or just small a little different not to make Google suspect it has something above.
Of course, though, when “Adblocker”, “Ad-block” and “Adblock” all have similar descriptions and icons, something is clear up. But if you are not very technical, how to separate malware from necessary add-ons?
AdGuard does a great job summarizing the guidelines we typically offer:
- “If you’re going to install a browser add – on, think again. Maybe you really do not need it?
- Only install add-ons from developers you trust.
- Do not believe what you read in the extension description.
- Reading user reviews will not help either. Most malicious add-ons have excellent reviews and yet they are malicious. “
And I’m glad to see that their last point echoes what I have been thinking lately:
- Do not use Chrome Web Store internal search, follow links directly to trusted developer websites.
It feels a little weird to say that a Google entity, by all means, is not that credible when it comes to search (and instead of using it, you just have to use … Google). I would not recommend that regular people use the Chrome Web Store to find anything they did not already know; even then, the chance of being caught with malware is still very high.
I mean, shoot, I just did a simple search for “ad block”, like any normal person, and these results look a bit sketchy:
Do not install it from the Chrome Web Store unless you are absolutely certain that what you are installing is a legitimate extension. To make sure you are not seduced or deceived by any other sharp extensions, find an original add-on developer – a website, a GitHub, a Twitter account, whatever or any comments site you trust, and use the links they make sure to grab your add-ons from Google. You will be much safer for him.