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Google Removes Avast and AVG Extensions From Chrome Web Store, After Mozilla and Opera

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It still ain’t a shock to us as Google Removes Avast and AVG Extensions From Chrome Web Store, After Mozilla and Opera ….

Sometime in October this year, the developer of the popular AdBlocker, AdBlock Plus, Wladimir Palant revealed how Avast and AVG extensions published on several popular Web browsers like Opera, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, add-on stores were collecting user data. This user data could actively enable the company to analyse users’ browsing sessions. These Avast and AVG browser extensions were available on Opera and Mozilla removed the extensions earlier this month and now Google has joined them by removing all the extensions from the Chrome Web Store except for just one.

At the moment, only the AVG Online Security browser extension remains available on the Chrome Web Store. Google hasn’t put out any statement on why it chose to remove these browser extensions. Google has removed Avast SafePrice, Avast Online Security, and AVG SafePrice from its add-on store.

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The Avast and AVG browser extensions were found to be collecting user data including webpage title, website address, browser version and type, user operating system, and other details. Other data collected by these extensions can be used to determine how many tabs a user had open, which websites a user visited and how much time was spent browsing those websites.

Wladimir Palant claims he reported the browser extensions to both Google and Mozilla since the company violated their users’ privacy. While Mozilla disabled the extension listings, the company still said it’ll work with Avast to fix things while ensuring the extensions continue working for existing users.

But since these browser extensions haven’t been blacklisted by any of the major Web browsers, existing users will continue to use them and these extensions will keep spying on them, notes Palant. Avast, which owns AVG, says users don’t have to worry about anything as the data collected by the company is shown anonymously.

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