Hidden Chrome extensions... evil?

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  1. flinchlock

    flinchlock Registered Member

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    This morning, I did a system restore (that never had Chrome installed) and installed Chrome (32.0.1700.102 m) and these extensions:

    bhmmomiinigofkjcapegjjndpbikblnp wot
    fdcgdnkidjaadafnichfpabhfomcebme zenmate
    gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom adblock
    hnkcfpcejkafcihlgbojoidoihckciin refer control
    jeoacafpbcihiomhlakheieifhpjdfeo disconnect

    I did install adblock plus and HTTP Switchboard but removed them... it seems their folders were also removed.

    My "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions" folder has five extensions I did not install:

    apdfllckaahabafndbhieahigkjlhalf google drive (2 files: 128.png, manifest.json & 1 folder: _locales)
    blpcfgokakmgnkcojhhkbfbldkacnbeo youtube (2 files: 128.png, manifest.json & 1 folder: _locales)
    coobgpohoikkiipiblmjeljniedjpjpf google search (5 files: 16.png, 32.png, 48.png, 128.png, manifest.json & 1 folder: _locales)
    nmmhkkegccagdldgiimedpiccmgmieda google wallet (3 files: craw_background.js, craw_window.js, manifest.json & 4 folders:_locales, css, html, images)
    pjkljhegncpnkpknbcohdijeoejaedia gmail (2 files: 128.png, manifest.json & 2 folders: _locales, __MACOSX)

    Question, any possability those five google extensions could become evil... calling home?

    Mike
     
  2. dogbite

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    Actually they are chrome's default apps, they are embedded to it.
    Unless you are logged in, I guess there is no more risk than any usual search on youtube, google, etc.

    Anyway, you can remove them all.
     
  3. siljaline

    siljaline Former Poster

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    Google introduces Chrome 'factory reset' pop-ups to tackle extensions hijacks
    http://www.cso.com.au/article/53739...tory_reset_pop-ups_tackle_extensions_hijacks/
     
  4. flinchlock

    flinchlock Registered Member

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    Instead of deleting those five folders, I just renamed them by adding a "X" to the front of the folder names. I then tweaked some setting in Chrome, and quit Chrome and restarted Chrome. Those five folders I renamed were gone.

    I am guessing Chrome did not like non-extension folders and deleted them.

    Mike
     
  5. gorhill

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    If you are on Windows, this might be related to the new policy of not allowing extensions which are not from the store (unless installed locally using dev tools).
     
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    flinchlock Registered Member

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    I do not have a Google account.

    The Chrome Web Store has "Apps", "Extensions" & "Themes".

    Some of my search results return "Apps" and "Extensions". When I wanted to test an "App", it wanted me to first login into my Google account... NFW. I do not know if that is true of all "Apps".

    Mike
     
  8. flinchlock

    flinchlock Registered Member

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    Hmm, even though those five Google extensions/apps are not in my "C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions" folder, CCleaner shows them.

    CCleaner_Chrome_Startup.PNG

    I am going to disable them in CCleaner and see what happens.

    Mike
     
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