Microsoft has just removed five malicious extensions from Edge. In practice they were present in your store. All because they were injecting advertising into Google and Bing’s search results. That said, all fake extensions pretended to be legitimate applications. However, the final purposes were anything but legitimate. To make things even worse, they used the names of some well-known apps.
Microsoft Edge Alert: Delete these extensions now!
The five extensions – NordVPN, Adguard VPN, TunnelBear VPN, The Great Suspender and
Floating Player – were present at the Edge add-on store. All with the same name as the real and trusted extensions that are available in the Chrome store.
Several people were deceived. But it was hard not to fall for it. However, it was quickly realized that something was wrong. This is due to the many negative comments and ratings that have appeared. Thus, the affected users left negative comments on the Edge store. Others contacted the community on Reddit for help.
The problem was reported last week. But just this week it became known. This is after many users have noticed suspicious ads in search results.
It is not known for sure what effects this extension can cause. However, as we mentioned at the beginning, most users talk about fake ads in search results. Others were taken to an unknown search engine.
In the meantime, Microsoft has given advice to anyone who downloaded some of these extensions and thinks they may still be using them.
That said, what you have to do is type edge: // extensions in the box where you type the address of the sites. Then check if you have any of the extensions mentioned above.
Microsoft blocks these types of extensions from entering your store. However, it is impossible to control everything. In fact this is something that we understand very well through what sometimes happens in the Play Store.
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