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Hi! There a lot of browser extensions. With Chrome, I see most of them have total access to the pages and data send to the browser. Do you use extensions? Is there know malicious extensions and Malwarebytes protects from them?

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Greetings,

Malwarebytes 3 doesn't use any browser extensions, however there is currently a web browser extension developed by Malwarebytes designed to block tech support scam sites, phishing sites, malware sites/malvertisements and some ad and tracking servers for privacy.  There's a version available for both Firefox and Chrome and they are currently in beta.  You can find more info on those here as well as here.  What differentiates them from the existing Web Protection component in Malwarebytes is that they don't just rely on databases of known malicious sites and servers, but actually use behavioral characteristics and heuristics to detect and block various categories of malicious sites on the net, including many that are too new to be known by the Malwarebytes Research team so adding the browser extension will enhance your protection.  It also enhances the way that the Web Protection in Malwarebytes Premium functions as it works in tandem with it to deliver in-browser info on blocked sites when a block occurs and also seems to speed up browsing when malicious sites are being blocked, at least in my experience.

As for malicious plugins/extensions, yes, there are many and there are also many PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) type extensions such as adware and spyware as well as search redirectors and the like.  Malwarebytes should detect and prevent such extensions from being installed and the Threat scan in Malwarebytes checks Chrome's and other web browsers' extensions and plugins to flag and remove any that are known to be malicious or undesirable.

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