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How To Check If You Downloaded A Fake Version Of Adblock Plus

International Business Times

Adblock Plus is one of the most popular browser extensions, with millions of users relying on the add-on to remove advertisements from their web browsing experience. Unfortunately for a number of users, a fake version of the extension for Google Chrome has started to spread. At least 37,000 people have already downloaded a phony version of Adblock Plus through the Google Chrome Web Store and could be exposed to any malicious behavior the creators of the phony app may want to expose them to. For users, the fake version of the popular ad blocker is almost indistinguishable from the real extension. The extension looks the same and is presented similarly to the real version.

Top Downloaded & Most Discussed R Packages


Vozag downloaded CRAN data from the R project to understand the top projects & which ones had the most discussions. Given below is a list of the top 20 packages downloaded in a single day. The full list of the top 100 most downloaded R packages is here. We also decided to then analyze Stack Overflow data to understand most discussed packages and analyze the one with the most questions & unanswered questions. GGPlot was ranked first with the most questions at 7200 questions followed by Data table (2135), Plyr (1213) & Knitr (1136).

Google Chrome's private incognito mode leaks way more personal data than you might think

The Independent - Tech

Google could continue to collect personal data from users, even if they use the incognito mode in the Chrome web browser, a study has found. A researcher from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, discovered that Google could retroactively link a person's private browsing to the usernames and account information they use online. "While such data is collected with user-anonymous identifiers, Google has the ability to connect this collected information with a user's personal credentials stored in their Google Account," the study states. The study, commissioned by the trade organisation Digital Content Next, explained that a person's web activity on sites that run ads from Google's online ad marketplace can be connected through the anonymized cookies to their YouTube, Gmail or other Google account. There are a lot of Easter Eggs hidden in Chrome, and more and more are discovered each year.

37,000 Chrome users downloaded a fake Adblock Plus extension


If you use Adblock Plus with Chrome and downloaded the extension pretty recently, you may want to check what you've installed. Apparently, a fake Adblock Plus extension made it through Google's verification process and lived in the official Chrome Web Store alongside the real one. Google has taken down the phony listing after SwiftOnSecurity tweeted about it and put the company on blast, but by then, it has already been up long enough to fool 37,000 people. That's a drop in the bucket for a service that has 10 million users, but it sounds like trouble for those who were unlucky enough to download it. Google allows 37,000 Chrome users to be tricked with a fake extension by fraudulent developer who clones popular name and spams keywords.

Yes Chrome is scanning your Windows PC, but it might be a bug


A few days ago Kelly Shortridge, a product manager at SecurityScorecard detected some unexpected behavior on her PC, as a honeypot Canarytoken reported being accessed by Chrome.exe. That's not what you'd expect from a web browser normally, except for one thing -- Google did add some antivirus-y capabilities to its browser on Windows late last year as an enhancement to its Chrome Cleanup tool that can help reset hijacked settings. Google Chrome security lead Justin Schuh explained how the feature works and pointed to some documentation about it, and that was that -- until last night. If you are hitting this issue and you want a fix right now then go to chrome://downloads in your browser, go to the menu in the top right, and select Clear All. That will clear Chrome's list of downloaded files so that it won't have any files to existence-check at startup.