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Tech & ScienceGoogle Chrome update blocks fake ads

14:15  07 december  2018
14:15  07 december  2018 Source:   techradar.com

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A researcher with AdGuard discovered five fake ad - blocking extensions in the Chrome Web If the fake ad blockers make it to the top of the search results in the Chrome Web Store, they can get tens of millions of downloads. We’ve reached out to Google for comment and will update if we hear back.

Bogus ad - blocker extensions in the Chrome Web Store trick millions of people into installing them.

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Google's mission to make the web a safer place continues with the latest release of its Chrome browser which will now block all fake ads.

Chrome 71 will now block all ads on abusive sites that try to trick users with fake system warnings, close buttons that don't actually work and other fake content intended to direct them to ads and landing pages.

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Surfing through the Chrome 's Web Store is like walking through a minefield,” AdGuard wrote in its analysis. “If you want to install an extension, think twice. A lot of tools get reported after a few weeks after their release and get blocked and removed by Google for being harmful or potentially unwanted.

Ad blocking tools are installed by hundreds of millions of internet users to fend off intrusive marketing, stay secure and prevent unwanted disruptions. an extension, think twice.

The sites using these nefarious tactics won't be blocked from Google's search engine just yet but will be given 30 days to clean up their acts.

Hopefully other browsers such as Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox will soon follow suit.

Additional safeguards

Google Chrome update blocks fake ads © Prykhodov Simferopol, Russia - July 9, 2014: Google biggest Internet search engine. Google.com domain was registered September 15, 1997.

Besides blocking fake ads, Chrome will now also warn users when a site tries to hide the real costs and terms of a transaction.

For example, if a site tries to make users sign up for a subscription without informing them that they'll be charged, Google will send out an alert.

The company will also reach out to sites guilty of this to let them know that their sites need to be modified. However, before the warning can be lifted, they will have to appeal Google's decision first.

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Google has killed five top-ranking ad blockers after AdGuard published a report revealing they're fake extensions with extra code that harvest info on the websites you visit. They apparently send the data they collect to remote servers in order to manipulate Chrome 's behavior. "Basically, this is a botnet

There are fake ad blocking tools that successfully past Google 's security and have victimized 20 million Google Chrome users. Photo by Dove Computer Solutions Ltd/YouTube Screenshot. A lot of internet users have opted to use ad blockers to avoid seeing

Chrome 71 is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux with the Android and iOS versions arriving in the comings weeks.

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Chrome now blocks ads on deceptive websites.
Google is acting on its promise to kick deceptive websites to the curb. 

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