After Google, Microsoft has now taken down some extensions from the Edge Add-ons store. The same extensions have been deleted from Chrome Web Store after reports of them injecting ads into Google and Bing search results.
Recently, we reported a Screenshot extension on Chrome Web Store with over 1 million installs is inserting ads into Search results. Including this, Adguard reported more number of Chrome extensions with fly-out analytics script doing the same.
Chrome Web Store team has removed these extensions. We have brought this to the Edge team’s attention a few days back, today, we noticed most of the extensions have been removed on Edge add-ons Store and some are still there.
It’s worth noting that, these extensions haven’t installed by a significant number of users, however, malicious extensions should be removed, which Microsoft has done now, let us hope the company removes the remaining extensions that exhibit the malicious behavior.
While we can’t check each extension in this list on Edge add-ons Store, we can say the following extensions are no longer available for install
- Screenshot & Screen Capture Elite
- Forest Wallpaper HD Custom New Tab
- Cs Go Wallpaper HD Custom New Tab
- Boku No Hero Academia Wallpaper HD New Tab
- cows wallpaper HD Custom
- Supercars – sports cars wallpaper HD New Tab and more…
This is not the first time Microsoft has done this, the company in the past removed Dark Reader malware clones from Edge Extensions Store.
If you’ve found any Edge extension behaving strangely such as changing Edge’s New Tab Page or search engine or home page or if showing different search results and ads on search result pages, report them to the Edge team.
Microsoft offers a “Report abuse” option for each extension page on Edge Add-ons Store, use it to provide information about the malicious extension. You can choose the abuse category from the following while submitting details.
- Content infringement
- Virus, spyware, malware
- Offensive content
- Child engagement or exploitation
- Threats, cyberbullying, harassment
Edge Shows Report Abuse checkbox and when you select an extension for uninstall, select the checkbox and click Remove, fil the abuse form, and send it to Microsoft.