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Chrome’s Achilles Heel: Extensions

Google chrome is most probably the fastest web browser you can install today but their auto update service could potentially open up the software to malware and trojans.

Google chrome is most probably the fastest web browser you can install today but their auto update service could potentially open up the software to malware and trojans.

Make no mistake about it. Google Chrome is one of the best browsers you could ever install on your computer. If you want to browse the internet very quickly, Chrome can deliver. If you’re looking for a browser that is widely supported by lots of plug-ins that allow you to do everything from taking screen shots to doing SEO to managing your copying and pasting, Chrome is it. In fact, Chrome takes the best of Firefox and the best of Opera and adds its own flavor nuggets to create a distinctly top notch program. No wonder it’s one of the most popular browsers on the internet.

But, if you value your computer’s security, you need to be aware of this particular security loophole. It’s not really a loophole per se. However, it does exploit Chrome’s instant update system. Chrome continuously updates itself so you don’t have to worry about stopping everything that you’re doing and updating to the latest version of your browser. It would do the update behind the scene and this includes updating all your extensions.

This is where the problem comes in. There are many shady extension makers that create Chrome extensions. These extensions are supposed to be helpful and are supposed to help make your life simpler. When you install them, they do what they promise to do. Everything goes well. However, after sometime, you notice that the extension starts acting very differently. You start seeing all sorts of ads and it seems that your Chrome user experience is suffering because of all the ads. If this is annoying, wait out because it gets even worst. In addition to the annoying ads, you might even become target of malware ads. As we have reported earlier, Yahoo’s ad network was targeted by shady advertisers that run advertisements for malware. What’s preventing these scumbags from doing the same thing on your computer using ad-ware extensions? At the very least, beware of all the ads that you click.

The best way to protect yourself is, of course, just get rid of these ads-supported extensions. You don’t want to find out the hard way that you’ve downloaded a Trojan and it results to all sorts of problems for you down the line.

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