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Google Chrome Getting Hijacked By Unwanted Extensions? Get this Extension

  • How can I get rid of Mystart?
  • How can I remove gadgetbox?
  • Remove Searchnu from my Chrome?
  • Why does Google allow Conduit to hijack Chrome?
  • I can’t get rid of all asspects of funmoods ?

Those were just a few threads from the official Chrome Help forum. Threads with thousands of views and many many replies. Looks like there are lot of them with Chrome hijacked by some extensions they did not want.

I had a similar situation recently when I installed AVG antivirus free version. A Google Chrome extension was added without my knowledge. May be it was mentioned in the policy, but I did not see any pop-up from Chrome as well, asking me if I want that extension to be installed.

I posted a how to recently on how to clean up Chrome if you got affected by any of these unwanted apps or extensions.

Yes, Chrome Extensions Can Be Installed Without Your Permission

Strange, but Google Chrome allows extensions to be installed without you ever noticing it. Here is the documentation explaining how this can be achieved.

chrome extensions  Google Chrome Getting Hijacked By Unwanted Extensions? Get this Extension

The danger is, malware also can use this method to push extensions to Chrome without your knowledge, and that’s a bit scary.

 What is The Solution?

My friend  has updated his popular extension Extensions Update Notifier to help you block such extensions being pushed to your Chrome. He first created this extension to notify users when Chrome extensions are updated. It is useful to have this little extension because extensions usually updated in the background without users’ notice. (Do you know that you can manually update Chrome extensions?)

With the latest update to this extension,  has added a new feature to this extension. From now on, it’ll show a warning for each extension (not an app) that has been installed behind the scenes. You’ll have the choice to keep it or disable it.

Pretty useful right? Get the extension here and please share this post with your friends and help them stay safe!!

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3 Comments

  1. Melissa

    21/11/2012

    Thank you! I am constantly having to battle with unwanted ads suddenly popping up as a result of stupid Chrome extensions I didn’t request or authorize. Hopefully this makes it a little easier for me to quickly take care of them.

  2. Brainbuster

    11/10/2013

    This is ridiculous. Every time I click any link or even open a new tab, an advertisement tab opens up. Then I have to go into Settings, settings, Extensions, then, sure enough, there’s another daily extension I never added.

    Thank you.