'20 million users tricked into installing fake and malcious ad blockers'


#1

Originally published at: https://www.myce.com/news/20-million-users-tricked-into-installing-fake-and-malcious-ad-blockers-84141/

More than 20 million Chrome users have been tricked into installing fake and malicious ad blockers, according to adblock developer AdGuard. Fake adblockers are a recurring issue, at the end of the last year we reported that 37,000 users installed fake adblock software.


#2

Really it takes them this long. Well at least my hosts edit does a better job then theirs and it’s free of charge or malware infections.


#3

I use coolcolors’ hosts edit as well. Works like a charm.


#4

Hi, coolcolors how do you create a host? Thanks

Mr.Bill


#5

There is already one created…


#6

Somehow, the idea that there might be a ton of fake ad blockers never occurred to me. I guess I’ve been using uBlock for so long, I never even considered the idea that there might be fakes.

As for Google failing to keep fake/malicious “ad blockers” out of it’s store, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’ll bet Google would be happy to let it’s users get infected if it scared people into accepting malicious ads.


#7

I already figured this would happen…that’s not rocket science to figure malicious software makers would go this route. This is the reason I use a host blocker to stop before they load.


#8

I probably should have figured as well, but somehow I didn’t. Silly me, I guess.


#9

Trust me it too me a long time to finally get the hosts edit right so I didn’t have to waste time and money on those adblockers that they themselves were already compromised to allow ads to get through. I was looking and trying for 2 years before stumbling on the hosts edit and that was like Night/Day when surfing the internet-when the internet wasn’t loaded will all these junkware ads. Those were the days when it was still a young internet and you go get from Point A to Point B without crap in-between your surfing.


#10

Blockquote Those were the days when it was still a young internet and you go get from Point A to Point B without crap in-between your surfing.

Aw, yes, the days when browsing the internet without an ad blocker was *not* a PITA. Don’t we all miss those days?


#11

Better get Firefox!


#12

I didn’t have any formal instructions so I’ll have to get one made and posted so you can see how it was done or edit to fit your need.


#13

OK. Thanks