How a popular Chrome extension became adware


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Particle, a popular Chrome extension which allowed users to customize their YouTube UI, became adware practically overnight — and its creator is cautioning users. The creator sold the extension at some point before July 11, and informed users they’d no longer be able to make changes to it. But the new owners did make a few changes. Users reported the Particle extension was asking for permission to read data from all websites visited, and to manage extensions and themes. In case that doesn’t raise the mother of all red flags, here’s what it means: the extension has become adware. The…

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