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Microsoft developers removed malicious extensions from Edge browser

Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mondal is writer at TechGenyz

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Microsoft had made the news about its Edge browser plug-in in December last year hoping to achieve a substantial amount of implementation by customers. However, despite what was promised by the company, only 160 extensions went live. Gradually since its inception, the number of extensions has gone up, and the numbers have not slackened off.

The numbers continued to grow, and till the time we came to March, the number of extensions has exceeded 1,000. However, not all the extensions were completely clean and not all of them came with good intentions. As it turns out, some of the extensions that made its way into Microsoft’s Edge browser were corrupt and malicious.

Presumably, many of the malicious extensions had been there since the Edge plug-in went live. Furthermore, the developers of the highly regarded dark mode extension, the Dark reader published a blog post that contained the details of how the malicious extensions are harming the user’s computers.

The blog post also repeatedly asked the Edge browser users to pay close attention to the malicious extensions that use the name of the official Edge plug-in extensions. Later the developers had also contacted Microsoft company itself and informed them about this malicious extension racket.

They had also provided the people at Microsoft the details on how to quickly analyze the code and remove the extension. Microsoft was prompt to take up that advice, and now the company has been successful in removing the malicious extensions late on May 15, 2020.

The developers also talked about how other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox had also experienced the attack of malicious extensions. They went on to remind everyone that whereas the browsers concerned have successfully removed almost all of the malicious extensions, the users should also look closely at the extension they are currently using.


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