Block that Ad Blocker!

Did You Know? The team behind AdGuard, a real ad-block extension for browsers, reported in a blog post this week that two popular ad blocking extensions found on the Google Chrome Web Store are, in fact, completely fake, despite being used by millions of users.

The two extensions, called AdBlock by AdBlock Inc. and uBlock by Charlie Lee, also mislead users by mimicking names of two real ad blocking extensions, as well as the names of the developers behind those extensions. Users have reported these extensions as fake, but Google has seemingly yet to take action.

According to AdGuard, the real purpose of these fake ad blocking extensions is “cookie stuffing,” which is used as an ad fraud scheme. The creators of the fake extensions stuff them with affiliate cookies, so that when the users of the extensions visit a relevant e-commerce site (such as Amazon) and make a purchase, the creators of the fake extensions get paid the affiliate commission for that purchase. 

If you have one of the aforementioned ad blockers, remove it immediately! I recommend AdBlockPlus. I have been using it for years and trust the company.

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