With reports of many Google Chrome add-ons turning malicious, you are never really sure which extension is carrying what into your Windows PC. It could be a case that you still don’t know that the recently installed extension has been flagged as an adware and might trouble your PC sooner or later. So what you would do to avoid becoming a victim here. ExtShield, a Chrome extension, lets you know if you are running one of the Chrome add-ons identified as a malware, spyware or malware.
ExtShield protects you from malicious Chrome extensions
ExtShield, formerly known as Chrome Protector, shields your PC from more than 100 adware, spyware or malware extensions that are currently available in chrome web store and used by millions. The other advantage that ExtShield has that it is designed to update its blacklist of the new add-ons keeping your PC safe from newer threats.
Features of ExtShield extension
- Stops over 100 adware, malware and spyware add-ons currently present in the chrome web store
- As shown below, ExtShield warns you when you install or view a blacklisted extension.
- Minimizes tracking and ads, even when an adware/spyware extension is installed.
- Monitors non-blacklisted extensions behavior to detect malicious patterns.
- Shield code is protected to avoid bypassing by malware creators.
Using ExtShield extension
ExtShield extension is available for free at Chrome webstore. Once installed, you can click on the shield located at the right hand top corner of your webpage to know the status about your other installed extensions.
To install ExtShield you need to give following permissions:
- Access to your data on all websites
- Access your tabs and browsing activity
- Manage your apps, extensions and themes
Once installed, ExtShield tracks the add-ons being added to your PC and notify you if you install something that is catching your activity. You can then click that extension that you are using and check it against the blacklist.
You can check for suspicious add-ons anytime by clicking onto the ExtShield icon. When I clicked on it, I got the message of No Malware presence on my PC.
The developer advises for a central knowledge center for real-time update of the blacklist. All it is expected that in future ExtShield shall notify the users if an installed extension is suspected to be a malware or adware.
You can download the ExtShield extension from Google Webstore and start tracking the malicious extensions immediately.