If You’re Using Any of These Browser Extensions – Remove Them Now

By | December 20, 2020
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If You’re Using Any of These Browser Extensions – Remove Them Now

Extensions and add-ons are a great way to extend the capabilities of your favorite browser, however, they also provide an easy vector for cybercriminals and other miscreants to threaten the security of your PC and monitor and profit from your private online activities.

A popular security firm said this week that it has identified malicious software hidden in at least twenty-eight third-party Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge extensions. These extensions have been installed by over three million users.

The company warned users that if these malicious extensions are installed, they could potentially redirect users to phishing sites, which could lead to personal data being stolen — including the user’s birth date, email addresses, and device information, including first sign-in time, last login time, name of the device, operating system, browsers used, and IP addresses which be used to approximate the geographical location history of the user.

This is a great time to remind you to use caution installing an extension for your browser and to always make sure you have good, up-to-date antivirus software installed. And it’s an excellent time for you to review all your browser extensions and to remove the ones you don’t recognize as well as those you rarely use.

Here is the list of the malicious browser extensions

Note: These extensions are for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. They work with popular online platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, and Vimeo, and supposedly “help” users download videos and other content from those sites. If you have any of these extensions installed, remove them immediately.

Direct Message for Instagram
Direct Message for Instagram
DM for Instagram
Invisible mode for Instagram Direct Message
Downloader for Instagram
Instagram Download Video & Image
App Phone for Instagram
App Phone for Instagram
Stories for Instagram
Universal Video Downloader
Universal Video Downloader
Video Downloader for Facebook
Video Downloader for Facebook
Vimeo Video Downloader
Vimeo Video Downloader
Volume Controller
Zoomer for Instagram and Facebook
VK UnBlock. Works fast.
Odnoklassniki UnBlock. Works quickly.
Upload photo to Instagram
Spotify Music Downloader
Stories for Instagram
Upload photo to Instagram
Pretty Kitty, The Cat Pet
Video Downloader for YouTube
SoundCloud Music Downloader
The New York Times News
Instagram App with Direct Message DM

13 thoughts on “If You’re Using Any of These Browser Extensions – Remove Them Now

  1. D.

    I don’t use any of these but good to know.

    I keep going through my browsers to see if I can use fewer extensions.

    Thanks for the info…D.

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  2. Graham

    I had one (Spotify) that I never used anyway, uninstalled it, thanks very much – G

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  3. Glenda

    How can I find out if I have any of these? I am not technically intelligent!

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    1. infoave Post author

      It depends on what browser you’re using. In Firefox, click on the 3-horizontal bars icon in the to-right corner and click “Add-ons” in the dropdown menu. In Chrome, type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter. In MS Edge type edge://settings in the address bar and press Enter.

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  4. JonInOz

    Thank you TC & Darcy,
    I never trusted most of the extensions available, they are a ‘want’ and not a ‘need’ as I have used
    a computer without them since before joining Cloudeight and your great organisation.
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  5. Maureen

    I do not have any of these, Thank you for the warning . Merry Christmas to all of you. Emsisoft is great at keeping me safe.

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    1. Sandy Euglow

      Yes, my question also. Wondering if we should type each on in our task bar to see if it pops up??

      Reply
  6. Dianne

    I use Dark Reader, LastPass, Emsisoft Browser Security, and AdBlock
    I also had windows resizer but I removed it because it didn’t work for me.
    Thankfully. I don’t use instagram so never down loaded any extensions. Thank you for the heads up. Have a wonderful Christmas TC and Darcy and keep safe

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