January 12, 2021
Microsoft Removes 18 Malicious Edge Extensions over Ad Injections

Delete the Following Microsoft Edge Extensions Right Now because they Contain Malicious Code

Microsoft has deleted eighteen Edge browser extensions from its Add-ons Portal, after discovering they contained malicious code…

As Microsoft Edge seeks to grab more market share away from Google Chrome, more usage means more opportunity to exploit any weaknesses. Hackers and other threat actors are beginning to abuse Edge extensions as the browser’s popularity rises. Unfortunately, there’s fresh evidence that cyber-criminals and other bad characters are indeed finding new occasions to illegally cash-in where they can.

Microsoft Removes 18 Malicious Edge Extensions over Ad Injections

Microsoft has removed 18 different Edge browser extensions from its own Edge Add-ons portal. The software giant took the action after learning the plugins were injecting ads into users’ web search results page and carrying other malicious code. Said extensions were removed sometime between November 20th and 25th, after Microsoft received a number of complaints from users via Reddit.

The harmful extensions either attempted to mimic official Microsoft apps or copied authentic Chrome extensions and contained malicious code. The offenders include the following Edge extensions users should remove from their browsers immediately:

  • NordVPN
  • Adguard VPN
  • TunnelBear VPN
  • Ublock Adblock Plus
  • Greasemonkey
  • Wayback Machine
  • The Great Suspender
  • Floating Player – Picture-in-Picture Mode
  • Go Back With Backspace
  • friGate CDN – smooth access to websites
  • Full Page Screenshot
  • One Click URL Shortener
  • Guru Cleaner – cache and history cleaner
  • Grammar and Spelling Checker
  • Enable Right Click
  • FNAF
  • Night Shift Redux
  • Old Layout for Facebook

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