New warning issued against Google Chrome’s ‘Internet download manager’ which has received over 200,000 downloads / Digital Information World


A popular Google Chrome extension called “Internet Download Manager” attracts the attention of searchers as adware. And it’s shocking to see that it has already received more than 200,000 installs.

We have witnessed this particular extension on the Chrome Web Store since 2019, as revealed by user reviews related to the feature.

BleepingComputer quickly noticed that even though the extension managed to install genuine download managers, it certainly behaved unnecessarily.

This includes opening spam-themed web pages, changing users’ default search browsers, and even forcing pop-ups on screens so that users can install more patches and related services.

Worried readers of BleepingComputer have seen how the dodgy Chrome extension continually spins up malicious websites by copying today’s popular software. And the media noticed how their concerns were certainly justified.

The extension is certainly not innocent and is becoming famous for all the wrong reasons. Imagine, 200,000+ people fall into the trap without realizing that the adware is designed to cause harm.

We are not saying that there is no genuine version of Internet Download Manager. For example, the one offered by Tonec is doing very well and has received the legitimate authorization.

Tonec can be seen providing a number of handler extensions to various other browsers like Firefox and Chrome. But the media claims that the real one for Chrome from this company is dubbed “IDM Integration”.

The company revealed in the form of a recent warning that IDM extensions on the Google Store are mostly bogus and users should beware before installing them.

On the other hand, the fake that many users install is through a webpage named Puupnewsapp. It promises to make your internet speed nearly 500% faster. And that’s why its super software status attracts the masses.

So many people are led to believe that their downloads for entertainment sources such as games, files, movies and songs will take less time, so what better?

Interestingly, the instructions that come with the downloads are also quite intriguing and complex. It asks users to install a more executable version of the webpage via a ZIP file and they do.

Another point that really stood out to the researchers is how the adware installed in the test environments also modifies the designated default browser. Users will get lots of pop-ups on their screens like links to third party sites.

Better later than never, the dubious extension is finally spotted and although many claim to have no problems after downloading it, experts warn that it is most likely fake reviews. They are designed to motivate users to believe that it is completely safe.

This is not the first time that users of BeepComputers came on the red extensions seen on the Chrome Store. But clearly, this one is a revelation.

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