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In the last couple of days, several Google Chrome browser-related incidents involving malicious extensions have been reported including abusing Chrome’s Sync feature to steal user data. Now, Google has removed its highly popular The Great Suspender extension.
On Thursday, Google removed one of its popular Chrome extensions called The Great Suspender from the Chrome Web Store because it was infected with malware. Google also deactivated it from users’ computers which is something the company doesn’t do often.
The extension was downloaded over 2 million times before being deleted. Its purpose was to suspend unused tabs and replace them with a blank gray screen until reloaded.
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According to the notification released by Google, the extension contained malware. It could sneakily add new features in the browser to execute arbitrary code from a remote server and perform functions like carrying out ad fraud and tracking users online.
The extension was quite famous among users as it helped them avoid memory issues on Chrome browser as it is often blamed for RAM hogging .
Microsoft blocked the extension’s v7.1.8 on the MS Edge browser in November 2020 due to its shady behavior. This means the add-on was performing its malicious functions for many months. Its original developer Dean Oemcke is suspected of having sold the extension to an unidentified entity in June last year. Two new versions were released on Chrome Web Store- version 7.1.8 and 7.1.9 afterward.
Chrome also has a built-in add-on called Tab Freeze that frees up the memory used by inactive tabs after five minutes.
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