Malicious Edge Browser Extensions Reportedly Hijacking Google Searches

Microsoft is investigating reports that some Edge browser extensions are redirecting Google searches to obscure portals like Users reporting the issues have identified 5 malicious add-ons that are mentioned to be redirecting these searches.

Interestingly, all of them bear names of legitimate developers, like NordVPN, Adguard VPN, TunnelBear VPN, The Great Suspender, and Floating Player – Picture-in-Picture Mode. However, in response to an investigation, all of them are from fraudsters with no relation to the legitimate companies whose names are getting used to deceive unsuspecting users.The issue has been described in detail by Redditor, u/OldPizza, who alleged that every now and then, Google search links are hijacked and redirected to OKSearch on Microsoft Edge. The redirected page “then itself redirects to another site. The redirect varies — once it was Amazon, another time it was, another time it was”. The problem, apparently, only occurs once in a while and never every time you click on a link on Google search results.

Explaining the workings of the malicious extensions, Laurence Norah, a Microsoft Edge user and photographer at ‘Finding the Universe’, mentioned: “I had the tunnelbear extension installed, but I removed it once I figured out it was causing the issue. It’s easy enough to see it happening—if you install one of the affected extensions in Edge, open dev tools, and press the ‘sources’ tab, you’ll see something that shouldn’t be there like or cdn77”.

Microsoft has since issued an official statement saying it’s investigating the reports and will take all necessary steps to protect clients. “We’re investigating the reported extensions listed and will take action as needed to help protect customers”, the corporate said.

Also Read: OnePlus will embody these highly-requested options in its upcoming telephones

More from author


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Looking for Great Deals ? Click Here

Related posts

Latest posts

“Is Bitcoin banned in India?” All you need to know about the Crypto Currency Bill

With the declaration of the introduction of the cryptocurrency bill by the central government of India, everyone has been wondering if it's finally the...

Brain games for android on play store: A brief overview

Mind games demonstrate a very unique concept for improving the human brain and It has become a necessity for the present time as well....

How to Have the Perfect At-Home Concert

For anyone who loves music and attending concerts, the pandemic acted as an eye-opener. Artists canceled world tours and concerts. Everyone had to stay...