This shady Google Chrome browser extension claims to bring the Google Home App to Windows PCs but is a potential security and privacy risk…
Currently, there is no official (or even good) way to control Google Assistant-powered smart devices from a Windows PC. While the ability is probably under development, it’s just not possible to get the fun and function out of Google Assistant-powered smart devices from Windows machines. But, that presents a prime opportunity for fraudsters to exploit the gap in order to benefit themselves or just cause harm to others.
Fake ‘Google Home App for PC’ Chrome Extension Deceives Thousands of Consumers
Apparently, someone has come up with a scheme to trick unsuspecting consumers into installing a not-so-magical Chrome extension that promises to unleash the amazing power of Google Assistant-powered devices. If that sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Instead of delivering the Google Home app functionality, it merely redirects people to a sketchy Bluestacks emulator installation page.
For those unfamiliar, the Bluestacks emulator claims to bring all the abilities of Android apps to Windows PCs. Of course, it doesn’t work as advertised. Unfortunately, over 10,000 people have already installed the bogus Chrome plugin. But, it’s been reported to Google and the listing on the Chrome Web Store has been removed. Anyone with the extension installed should delete it immediately.