37,000 fooled after ABP imposter gets in Web Store; how to make sure you’ve got the real ABP · 2017-10-10 12:51 by Ben Williams
Apparently there was a phony Adblock Plus app in the Chrome Web Store that 37,000 people downloaded. Thanks to @SwiftOnSecurity for alerting people to this. Now it seems Google has kicked out the phony app.
We’ve been following this story carefully, and were pleased to see how quickly the false extension was kicked out. It’s a bit troubling, of course, that it made it in there in the first place. Because of this we’ve stayed on top of would-be scammers for years now, so that you can trust what you’re getting is actually what you want.
For those who may have downloaded Adblock Plus for Chrome recently, one way to see if you have the real one is by going to Chrome > More Tools > Extensions (see screen grab below). The phony app also shows up as an APP in the store – not as an EXTENSION, as ABP does.
Once you’re there, find Adblock Plus and click Details. That will take you to the Chrome Web Store. Just make sure that the extension you’re seeing says “offered by adblockplus.org.” If so, you’re probably good.
If not — or if you want to remove all doubt — you can reinstall the extension directly from us at adblockplus.org.