If you just found that your recently installed ad blocker has gone from the Chrome browser, you’re likely one of those 20,000,000 users who got tricked into installing malicious and fake ad blockers. Google has recently killed five top-ranking ad blockers thanks to AdGuard that discovered those fake ad blocking extensions in the Chrome Web Store.
Installing ad blockers has been a norm among the web browsers. As they have become popular among the users, online rooks are taking advantage of less savvy users by cloning those ad blockers.
Fake extensions with extra code
Here is the list of the five malicious extensions that have been removed by Google:
1. AdRemover for Google Chrome™ (10M+ users)
2. uBlock Plus (8M+ users)
3. Adblock Pro (2M+ users)
4. HD for YouTube™ (400K+ users)
5. Webutation (30K+ users)
So, how can you save yourself from these fake extensions? If you’re planning to use an ad blocker, you’re highly recommended to do some background research on browser extensions. Make sure they are from known and trustworthy sources.