The extensions have changed the way we use Internet browsers. These allow you to add new features and tools such as blocking ads and pop-up windows, translating web pages or even adding a VPN to enjoy an anonymous connection. This entails an increase in productivity as well as an experience through the Network much more comfortable and personalized. And as is well known, there is no better browser to use extensions than Google Chrome.
While extensions are really useful, it is essential to be very careful when using them. Think that these are still small applications that are incorporated into the browser and as such, are likely to contain malware. This malicious content will usually spy on everything you do online and may even steal your data or your bank information. That is why it is essential to know very well which extensions to install and which to avoid.
In today's article we are going to offer you a series of tips to download malicious extensions for Google Chrome. If you follow them to the letter you should not be afraid when installing these useful applications. We hope they help you.
Why it is important to be careful when installing an extension in Chrome
Google Chrome extensions are really useful at many times and also exponentially increase our productivity on the Internet. However, it is important to keep in mind that these plugins are integrated within the same browser and if we do not go carefully, they can have access to our personal data, passwords and even credit card numbers.
The cybercriminals are well aware that Chrome is currently the most downloaded browser and used around the world so extensions have become an excellent opportunity to break into your computer. That is why, in the same way that you keep an eye on which pages you visit or which files you download to avoid a virus, you must also make sure that you go carefully when installing any type of extension in your browser.
Tips for not installing dangerous extensions in Chrome
Next, we will give you a few tips to keep your browser and your computer safe from any malicious extension.
Tip 1: Install only Chrome extensions from Web Store
The first tip you should always follow to avoid installing malicious extensions is to download them directly from the Chrome Web Store. He thinks that the extensions of this virtual store have been analyzed and have had to pass strong security controls by Google. This gives you the assurance that everything you install has been previously reviewed by Mountain View experts.
Downloading and installing an extension from the Chrome Web Store is really simple. To do this you must visit its official website and use the search engine to find the extension you want. Once you have it on the screen, simply press the blue “Add to Chrome” button that you will find in the upper right corner of the window.
After performing this step, the extension will be downloaded and incorporated directly into Chrome. Now you just have to restart your browser to start using it normally.
Tip 2: Quickly uninstall any extension that is giving you problems
If you notice that your browser works much slower than usual or begins to act suspiciously after installing an extension, uninstall it. Although the Chrome Web Store reviews each and every one of the extensions it offers in its catalog, it is possible (although unlikely) that any with malicious content has managed to pass the security scale. If in doubt and to avoid any disgust we always recommend eliminating them.
To delete dangerous extensions from Google Chrome, you must first click on the option "Customize and control Google Chrome”. You will find this button in the upper right corner of the browser and you will easily recognize it as it has the appearance of three vertical dots. Once the drop-down menu is open, click on the “More tools” option followed by “Extensions”.
If you have completed the previous steps correctly, you will arrive at a new window where all the extensions that until now you have installed in Chrome will appear. Locate the one that is giving you problems and click on the "Remove" option. In this way you will be able to remove it from your browser.
Tip 3: Avoid installing newly added extensions to the Chrome Web Store
A good method to protect your computer from malicious extensions is to always go with lead feet when installing them. As a general rule, try not to install extensions that have recently appeared on the market. It is not worth becoming a guinea pig of an extension and putting your computer at risk simply by adding functionality to your browser.
We recommend that before installing an extension you always look when it appeared in the Chrome Web Store and of course, you look at the number of users who use it. Although a large number of downloads is not indicative of an extension being 100% secure, you can read user reviews. In this way you will know if it generates a problem or if someone qualifies it as malware.
Tip 4: Read the description of the extension carefully
A hacker or cybercriminal obviously will not say in the description of its extension that it will infect Google's browser and steal your personal data. However, it is interesting that you always pay close attention to the description of any of these extensions.
A malicious extension will usually have a bad spelling and full of grammatical errors. In addition, the description will be full of keywords or keywords designed to attract their potential victims. That is why it is important that you always read the descriptions and if any of them “sounds strange to you,” never add them to your browser.
Tip 5: Always consider the number of negative opinions
While it is known that on the Internet you will find tastes for everything, it is important that if an extension has many negative opinions or reviews, think twice before installing them.
It is recommended that you invest a couple of minutes of your free time to review all the negative opinions of the extension and thus know exactly what is wrong. If any of them mention malware or spam, never install it.
Tip 6: Do a search through Google
If you suspect an extension or want to make sure that it does not contain malware, it is recommended that before adding it to the browser you do a Google search. Think that there are hundreds of web pages that are dedicated daily to evaluate and review applications and extensions for the browser. Go to these to know for sure if an extension is capable of infecting your equipment.
Tip 7: Use common sense
At first it may seem silly advice, but deep down it is one of the most useful of the entire list. If an extension gives you a bad feeling or there is simply something in it that does not convey security, it is best not to install it. Think that your common sense is wise and in matters as important as the security of your data, it is best not to take risks.