Do not install https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/u-block-for-origin/jdfhadodhoabdfkgkclcdpocjffadkne
Description says `Ublock Origin, an efficient blocker. Thousands of popular block ads.` Images contain screenshots of the real uBlock0. The logo was stolen from the real one too.
What's strange is that it's the #1 result I get by searching "ublock origin" https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/ublock%20origin
As if Google deliberately wants users to install the scam and not the real one. Aren't they manually reviewing every app before publishing them? What are the chances that the Google employee who reviews the apps has never heard of uBlock and didn't realize he was authorizing a fake one? Come on Google.
**UPDATE** It looks like this developer created fake versions of [AdGuard](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ad-guard-for-app/bfpnkopbfiopomjijkpmgmcbfaoaeenf), [Browsec Vpn](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/browsec-vpn/bgglnmhegokkbbnaohbdaacclhnianhn), TunnelBear, [Easy Proxy](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/easy-proxy/jjkjchpoeaepkclpinagaaaodohkmibl) and [other apps](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hideman-vpn/jiicoamlefgfcjdiaoggmclhndecenpm/reviews) featured on his [website](http://www.xp0099.com/index.php/2015/11/26/hideman-vpn/) that received [bad reviews](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hideman-vpn/jiicoamlefgfcjdiaoggmclhndecenpm/reviews). This needs to be investigated before someone gets infected. Ridiculous that someone HAS to get infected before Google starts enforcing the quality. If you're going to prevent people from installing extensions from outside of Chrome store and claim that it's for security purposes, then at least make sure the extensions you offer on your store are safe. And no, I'm not wearing any tinfoil. I used it all to cook mah turkey yesterday 😉
**UPDATE 2:** This is also his website http://www.z1z2z3z4.com/ , would be nice if Google can investigate to make sure the developer is not infecting users.
**UPDATE 3:** Looks like all the extensions, except for the fake [Hideman VPN](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hideman-vpn/jiicoamlefgfcjdiaoggmclhndecenpm) were removed. That one has been around for months, with lots of complaints, but it's still in the store. Here is the [real Hideman VPN](https://www.hideman.net/) website, and [here is the scammer's site](http://www.z1z2z3z4.com/index.php/2015/09/21/hideman-vpn/). The logo and name were stolen to make it look like the real Hideman VPN. I do not recommend installing this extension for your own security.
**UPDATE 4:** Fake Hideman VPN was removed this morning.
4 thoughts on “Chrome Store has a fake/malicious version of uBlock Origin, and Google made it the #1 top search result for “uBlock Origin”.”
rate it one star?
I’m literally the first one to pu a rating (or maybe there is a delay.
but chrome and the play store where slamed because search results did’nt included freshely released apps. so somthing new will rank up higher.
>As if Google deliberately wants users to install the scam and not the real one.
Take off your tinfoil hat. The first result for EXTENSIONS is the real ublock origin, this fake one is submitted as a google chrome APP, of which there are only 3 total app results, with the fake one being first. No matter the search criteria, the App results always show up before Extensions results, it’s just the way Google’s organized the search results page.
Look down half the page to “extensions” which Ublock is. Google didnt redirect you they just didnt screen a false entry. Take off the tinfoil hat google isnt trying to screw you.
I like how there are no checks at all on any of the extensions on the webstore, but, for my protection, I cannot install an extension I downloaded from a trusted source. However, it’s suddenly safe if I unzip the crx.