We block shady ad blockers

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Offline Bugbatter

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We block shady ad blockers
« on: July 11, 2018, 05:30:27 PM »

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.

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/cybercrime/2018/07/we-block-shady-ad-blockers/

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Re: We block shady ad blockers
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 07:21:45 AM »
One needs to be very careful about "sound-alike" names....  for example, there's uBlock (more properly called "muBlock", as the first character is actually the Greek Letter "mu"), uBlock Origin, and uBlock AdBlock Plus.    The MalwareBytes article cites "uBlock Plus" as being malicious... which may be an alternate name for one of these... or a completely different add-on.

For what it's worth, I've been using uBlock ORIGIN , and believe it to be safe.