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Attention! The Ad-Blocker Installed In Your Browser May Actually Turn Out To Be a Malware

Andrey Meshkov, the cofounder of ad-blocker AdGuard, took a look at the script in some popular ad-blocking knockoffs and found out that millions of Chrome users Have installed Malware posing as Ad blockers.

The co-founder of Ad-blocker Ad Guard as of late has reviewed various ad blockers on the Google Chrome Web Store. The purpose behind being that the Ad-Blocker that the users' may have installed in their browsers may in reality turn out to be a malware.

Posing like the world's most well-known advertisement blocking software, a false extension made it onto the Chrome Web Store and deceived countless of victims into installing what ended up being an exceptionally irritating bit of adware.

A large portion of these extensions are styled to look genuine yet they are really carrying malware in their code, says Andrey Meshkov, the co-founder of the advertisement blocker software Ad Guard, who got inquisitive about the expanding number of knock-off ad-blocking extensions accessible for Google's prominent browser Chrome quite recently.

"Basically I downloaded it and checked what requests the extension was making and some very strange requests caught my attention."

-Said Meshkov in a recent interview with Kaleigh Rogers, who writes for Motherboard.

He additionally found that the AdRemover extension for Chrome had a script loaded from the remote command server, giving the extension engineer the ability to change its functionality without restoring the current code.

In spite of the fact that Meshkov didn't forthwith notice what the extension was really gathering the information for, he said that having a connection to a remote server is perilous on the grounds that it could change the way your browser behaves in many ways, later including that the extension could modify the appearance of the website pages that a user visits.

What's more is that, this by itself is against Google's policy, and after Meshkov expounded on a couple of cases on Ad Guard’s blog, a large number of which had millions of downloads, Chrome removed the extensions from the store.

“For instance, the extension could probably man-in-the-middle all the requests coming from your browser, but it can’t, for instance, read your browser’s encrypted password database, because that is not a privilege that extensions can have,” explained  Yan Zhu, a software engineer who works for the privacy-conscious browser Brave, over a Twitter direct message.

Now while Google rushed to expel the extensions that Meshkov hailed, there is still no legitimate notice about whether the store is still brimming with these sorts of Chrome extensions or not , by and by the users are as yet encouraged to continue  but with caution.

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