Adguard claims 20 million Chrome users installed (realistic-looking) fake ad blockers


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  • Monday, 23 Apr 2018

Chrome users are being warned about phony ad blockers. — AFP Relaxnews

Adguard identified five different fake ad blockers that had targeted Chrome users; Google has since taken down them down. 

The immediate panic is over as Google quickly reacted and removed five fake, yet very realistic-looking, ad blockers from its list of “available browser extensions”. However these were not the first, nor the last security risks to its Chrome users it seems. In fact, the issue could be much greater than imagined. Now the challenge is to make casual users wary and steer them to the right extensions. 

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