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Google kills 200 ad-injecting Chrome extensions, says many are malware


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 04:15 PM

 

Google is cracking down on ad-injecting extensions for its Chrome browser after finding that almost 200 of them exposed millions of users to deceptive practices or malicious software.

More than a third of Chrome extensions that inject ads were recently classified as malware in a study that Google researchers carried out with colleagues from the University of California at Berkeley. The Researchers uncovered 192 deceptive Chrome extensions that affected 14 million users. Google officials have since killed those extensions and incorporated new techniques to catch any new or updated extensions that carry out similar abuses.

The study also found widespread use of ad injectors for multiple browsers on both Windows and OS X computers. More than five percent of people visiting Google sites have at least one ad injector installed. Within that group, half have at least two injectors installed, and nearly one-third have at least four installed. Google officials don't bar such ad injectors outright, but they do place restrictions on them. Terms of service for Chrome extensions, for instance, require that the ad-injecting behavior be clearly disclosed. Customers of DoubleClick and other Google-operated ads services must also comply with policies barring unwanted software.

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 04:44 PM

See here also:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/571874/google-releases-a-teaser-report-of-research-being-done-on-ad-injectors/
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Posted 01 April 2015 - 05:43 PM

If I'm understanding this...it confirms something I had suspicions about, after looking at  a number of different Speccy results.  Chrome users seemed to be experiencing problems with RAM usage and unknown processes...moreso than Firefox or even IE users, IMO.

 

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 06:01 PM

I had a single Chrome tab in a single window open when I took these. I am using a high contrast theme in Win 8.1, so my task manager may look different than what people are used to.

Chrome1.png?dl=0

 

2 pics to see all processes

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 01:47 AM

If you have Process Explorer up, try pointing your cursor at one of the Chrome lines.

I did and it showed me a bunch of things in the command line area... apparently these additional processes are used to support a ton of things.

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 07:39 PM

Tried that. It seems that a few of the processes seem to be for nearly the exact same purpose, only difference I noticed was the value after channel ="  (towards the end) is different for each instance. Not really sure what they are for.Chrome%20Process.png?dl=0






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