Five percent of Google users have ad injectors installed

By Shawn Knight
Apr 1, 2015
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    Five percent of people that use Google’s sites and services have at least one ad injector installed on their device according to a recent study conducted by Google in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Within that group, Google found that half had at least two injectors installed and nearly a third were running at least four. Five percent may seem like a small percentage overall but considering how many people actually use Google’s services on a daily basis, it’s a serious problem.

    Ad injectors are described by Google as programs that insert new ads or replace existing ones on pages you visit while surfing the Internet. More often than not, they’re installed deceptively (bundled with other software), difficult to remove and have other bad qualities about them (remember Superfish?).

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    Both end-users and advertisers dislike them yet still, they’re run rampant for years.

    Google has received more than 100,000 complaints from Chrome users over the matter since the beginning of the year. Complaints about rogue ads top all others including network errors and general performance issues.

    The search giant has spent a considerable amount of time fighting unwanted software through Safe Browsing as of late and now, Google is turning its attention to ad injectors.

    Google notes that while they don’t ban injectors altogether (apparently some people prefer to use them), injectors must clearly state their purpose and not be hidden or misleading. The team has also discovered and removed 192 deceptive Chrome extensions that affected 14 million users.

    What’s more, all new and updated extensions are subjected to the same types of techniques that researchers have used to catch them.

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,560   +2,901

    Which is exactly what they should do. People should not stand in the way of removing the majority of this trash from the web. That is the same scenario as open mouth and insert foot.

    Put it this way. If Google did start banning injectors, I might would overlook my hatred for the company and start using Chrome.
  3. noel24

    noel24 TS Maniac Posts: 304   +154

    Google Chrome is technically called 'internet browser', not an 'ad injector'. Wait, only 5%?
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,560   +2,901

    No one referred to Chrome as an ad injector. So you must be in a twisted way referring to Chrome as an ad injector.
    Wendig0 likes this.
  5. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 640   +56

    Adblock Plus, Ghostery, etc. Know them, use them.
  6. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Guru Posts: 377   +81

    I had an Ad Injector on my laptop, absolutely no idea how I got it or when as I don't use it very often, stuff like Adblock doesn't work for it. :/
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,062

    So how would one know if they've been infected? I don't see any ad's in my browser.
  8. BadThad

    BadThad TS Enthusiast Posts: 66   +28

    And based on the work I do on customer systems, almost all have some form of a extension, PUP, malware or adware installed.

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