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Malicious Chrome and Edge extensions infect at least 3 million people — what to do

More than two dozen browser extensions for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge can steal personal information, redirect users to ads or phishing websites and even install malware, Avast researchers said yesterday (Dec. 16).

About 3 million people have installed the 28 malicious extensions, three-quarters of which were still available in the Chrome and Edge extension stores at the time of this writing. The extensions are mostly video downloaders designed to grab streaming data from Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vimeo, YouTube and other services.

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