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Google Chrome: No More Silent Extension Installs

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Google will no longer allow silent extension installs in Chrome.

According to the company, the feature was originally intended to "allow users to opt-in to adding a useful extension to Chrome as a part of the installation of another application", but has been founded to be  abused by third party software developers.

Google said that extensions have been distributed and installed without "proper acknowledgment from users", which was made possible via the Windows registry mechanism for extension deployment.

Chrome 25 will automatically disable all extensions that were installed via the company's external extension deployment options. However, Chrome will show a "one-time prompt to allow the re-enabling of any of the extensions".

Chrome 25 is not expected to be released as a stable version until the end of February.

 

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    abbadon_34 , December 28, 2012 3:26 AM
    good idea for the dummies
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    dormantreign , December 28, 2012 3:28 AM
    I discovered something related to this with adblock today actually. I'm not sure whos the bad guy here, google for not allowing me to block ads "which makes them money" or adblock for trying to fish my searches and what not. My current adblock is still working i may ad but when i put it on a friends pc it didn't block youtube stuff.
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    Pawessum16 , December 28, 2012 4:32 AM
    Chrome 25? Wow, the way they update so silently nowadays the version number is almost irrelevant.
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    btdude6 , December 28, 2012 8:14 AM
    dormantreignI discovered something related to this with adblock today actually. I'm not sure whos the bad guy here, google for not allowing me to block ads "which makes them money" or adblock for trying to fish my searches and what not. My current adblock is still working i may ad but when i put it on a friends pc it didn't block youtube stuff.

    If you`re talking about AdblockPlus, you can just disable 'allow some non-intrusive advertising', though I had no problem with it so far, it has been blocking normal and yt ads for a long time.
    If it displays ads on one computer and not on the other then yeah, it`s probably hijacked.
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    Cryio , December 28, 2012 8:15 AM
    So in other words, Opera 12.10 has better extension security than Chrome?
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    Sumukh_Bhagat , December 28, 2012 12:05 PM
    At last they just did it. ;) 
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    Anonymous , December 28, 2012 12:42 PM
    good job giggle
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    groundrat , December 28, 2012 4:18 PM
    Haleluya. Now if Bing and Webcrawler would just follow suit!