Google Disables 192 Browser Extensions for Injecting Rogue Ads


Google is taking a stand against browser extensions that inject ads into websites. An announcement was made that Google has disabled 192 Chrome browser extensions so far. Not all extensions will be disabled though. Extensions that are upfront and honest about their ad injection habits will be allowed to remain enabled.

Action was prompted after a study from the University of California found that users who visited Google properties had ad injection installed. Nearly 5% of all users had these unwanted ads displayed.

Chrome wasn’t the only browser with ad injection. Firefox and Internet Explorer suffered from the same ad injections.

The study also found that one-third of these extensions actually installed malware. A major concern is that many of these extensions may open up security holes that are an even bigger threat to users than unwanted advertisements.

Users that are purposely injecting ads and clearly state that they are doing so will be allowed to operate as normal. One example of such an extension would include a shopping app that displays other stores where a product may be purchased. Google states that they will continue to scan browser extensions in hopes of thwarting any unwanted ad injections in the future.

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