Browser extensions are convenient tools because you don't have to leave your tab to access their assitance. They can perform various helpful tasks such as remembering your password and checking for grammar. However, these extensions often contain malware, and Google Chrome is here to help.
In a Chrome Developers post, Google revealed that Chrome 117 will let users know when an extension they installed is no longer available in the Chrome Web Store.
An extension is removed from the Chrome Web Store for one of three reasons: The extension has been unpublished by the developer, the extension was taken down for violating Chrome Web Store policy, or it was marked as malware.
Before this update, if an extension was removed from the store for containing malware after a user installed it, the user would not be advised to uninstall it and remained at risk.
Malware in browser extensions is a major problem that affects many users. The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky found that in the first half of 2022, 1.3 million users were affected by threats in browser extensions.