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Some of you have reached out to us concerning Malwarebytes blocking of certain ad blocking extensions, or an influx in web blocking notifications. First things first, this is not a false positive. Recently in their blog, AdGuard has discovered that numerous malicious ad blocking extensions were found in the Google Chrome store. According to an article by ZDNet, the malicious extensions have since been removed from the store. However, 20 million devices are estimated to have downloaded these apps while they were still online. You might own one of those devices.

The extensions are used to basically turn the browser into a zombie under the control of a remote attacker, essentially adding your device to a botnet. Since we are limited in our ability to remove extensions completely, we are blocking the domains the malicious extensions reach out to, so at the very least, users will not have their systems controlled by a cybercriminal.

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