Today, Google Chrome holds nearly 60% market share in the world of browsers (followed by FireFox and Internet Explorer, both oscillating at around 13%). A dynamic ecosystem has developed around this market leader. This comes with both advantages and disadvantages. Today, ICEBRG’s security experts warn Chrome users against the malicious use of a series of extensions that have been downloaded more than 500,000 times!
The first one which caught their attention is HTTP Request Header, this allows intruders to click on banner ads without the computer owner’s knowledge.
Some three others, Nyoogle, Stickies and Lite Bookmarks seem to be used for similar purposes: a vast click fraud operated via simple extensions which look harmless.
Another company, Malwarebytes, has recently revealed the existence of a malicious extension that not only interferes with your computer but simply refuses to be uninstalled!
This extension is called “Tiempo en colombia en vivo”, it interacts with the browser to click on particular advertisements or intercept requests from the search engine.
FireFox users were exposed to a similar extension, the installation this was fraudulently presented as an update of the browser. The solution here is to restart FireFox in safe mode to be able to find the malicious extension (FF Helper Protection) and get rid of it.
Looking for a browser that takes security as its top priority? Try URbrowser, which allows you to control the level of privacy of your browsing.