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Google puts the screws to sneaky Chrome add-on installs

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 7, 2015
Google today said that it would squash Chrome add-ons installed from websites if the extensions deployed what it called "deceptive tactics" to dupe its browser's users.

Many of those decisions had implications not only for Chrome users -- Google was certainly correct in fingering malicious or shifty add-ons as security risks at worst, annoyances at best -- but also benefited Google and preserved its bottom line.

There were hints of the latter in today's blog post by Kim and Ackerman. "Unfortunately, this mechanism has been abused by deceptive sites and ads that trick users into installing unwanted extensions," they wrote [emphasis added].

Google has a vested interest in wanting to crush any kind of advertising it believes may irritate users, fearing that such will poison the well for everyone dealing online ads, including its own search engine, which generates the bulk of the firm's revenue.


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