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Google Sounds Chrome Browser Hijack Alarm

Chrome users also face subtle attacks, including Chrome extensions that inject unwanted advertisements.

Chrome's hijacking alert warning.
Chrome's hijacking alert warning.

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Federal,
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8/18/2014 | 6:03:22 PM
The latest version of this exploit blocks access to settings (so you can't reset)
The latest version of this exploit blocks access to settings (so you can't reset).  It's still an extension, though, so there's a workaround to fix it.  Power down the chromebook then power it back on.  The extensions take a second or so to load and the load doesn't take place until you log in.


Enter your password after the restart but have one finger on the ESC key before you hit enter to log in.  Keep hitting ESC for a few seconds after you click enter to log in.  You have to catch the browser before it loads its settings and extensions but it's pretty easy to do. Now you'll have stopped the browser from loading the extension that sets your session to "anonymous" blocking all access to settings. From here, it's easy to go to settings and either disable the offending extension or just reset the browser settings.
Howard Fried
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2/7/2014 | 9:40:02 PM
Ads do pay the bills, but use some tact
As David mentions, the reality is most of the internet is paid for with ads...so...the real question is, how can you make money with ads, and not be totally obnoxious, annoying and intrusive?

My team is hard at work on a product that intends to be graceful, mostly hidden, and always seek your consent to show ads and offers. Watch for a release later this year of a new kind of browser safety extension (free) from avira.com
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2/5/2014 | 9:56:26 AM
Re: Ads and security
I miss the days of when using an "alternative" browser like Chrome or Firefox meant there was nothing to fear as nobody made viruses for anything but IE. I imagine Apple users feel the same way. 
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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2/5/2014 | 9:12:30 AM
Re: Ads and security
Ads still pay the bills, unless you operate like NPR
Lorna Garey
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2/4/2014 | 4:50:27 PM
Favorites?
Does resetting wipe out favorites along with cookies, tabs, etc?
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/4/2014 | 4:05:47 PM
Ads and security
There's a fundamental problem here: Ads, as content injected from a third-party domain, represent a threat vector. Playing whac-a-mole with malicious extension providers is one approach. Blocking ads entirely is another.
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