49 thoughts on “The Great Suspender Malware.”

  1. Would also appreciate some alternatives if anyone’s got them! I have hundreds of tabs and GS is the only reason my laptop didn’t blow up.

  2. No, I think TGS has been doing some shady shit, judging by other comments on another post. We can’t bypass it once Google takes a hold of it I think, at least until someone creates a similar extension.

    I used this extension a lot too but I don’t think there are alternates/can’t find alternates. The closest is [OneTab](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/onetab/chphlpgkkbolifaimnlloiipkdnihall?hl=en) but that completely closes your tab(s) and saves it as a list, letting you one-click reopen them whenever.

  3. Fuuuuck I lost everything, with no warning? Is there anything we can do!? I don’t care how long it takes or if it’s manual, I need to at least archive or bookmark my lost tabs!

  4. I quit Chrome, relaunched. Then the extension got enabled, I restored the tabs from extension’s settings. Now I can dump it if necessary.

  5. This is kind of bullshit that they go into your computer and delete files that you knowingly are using and put in place. Malware or not, this is beyond the pale.

    Chances are google did this because too many of their own employees used the service and it was a security measure to fix it for their company and ended up damaging the setup of every end user.

  6. Yo. This is what you do to find a possible fix if you are like me and suspend your incognito.

    Find you sqlite3 file for chrome. Fuck you google it is her on a mac or similar:

    $HOME/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/databases/chrome-extension_edacconmaakjimmfgnblocblbcdcpbko_0

    you got linux? fuck yeah. fuck you google:


    copy that number file out of the directory. 21 or 39 or whatever fuck you google.

    cp 21 $HOME/

    ok. then boot sqlite3 on the cli. dont like it? fuck you. and fuck google.

    sqlite3 $HOME/23

    now. get the good thit out of there. the UNDO shit. fuck you google

    .headers on
    .mode csv
    .output $HOME/UNDO.csv
    select * from Undo;

    now you need to get in there and scrape out your data. for me it is line starting with 44. figure it out in a text editor. also, fuck you google.

    cat $HOME/UNDO.csv |grep ^44|sed -e ‘s/http/\nhttp/g’|cut -d “\”” -f 1 >$HOME/refined_UNDO.csv ; cat $HOME?refined_UNDO.csv |less -S

    seriously. fuck you google for your over reach into my ecosystem. at least windows asks before fucking me. total bullshit. claim to save my ass when they are wiping their own. fuck you google.

  7. Would it be safe to download a previous release of TGS from github like 7.1.6 or should I find a entirely different alternative? I really did like the extension ;(

  8. Easiest way to recover your deleted Great Suspender tabs is to quit chrome, turn off the internet, launch chrome, go to extensions (great suspender should still be there), enable great suspender, launch all tabs from the previous session (they should be there) or export text file if you are uncomfortable launching all the tabs. The lost tabs should now be launched, go back into extensions and disable great suspender, then turn your internet back on. Was the quickest fix I found compared to all other methods.

  9. If you’re seeking an alternative; I found [this forked version of the Great Suspender](https://github.com/aciidic/thegreatsuspender-notrack)—sans any analytics/tracking functionality, as I understand it.

    While it doesn’t appear within Google’s Store; I’ll still take it for a test drive.

    You don’t seem to realise just how much you rely on some utilities until you’re unable to!

  10. [https://www.xda-developers.com/google-chrome-the-great-suspender-malware](https://www.xda-developers.com/google-chrome-the-great-suspender-malware)

    The Great Suspender was removed from their PCs. [Two](https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/lch3k5/warning_please_immediately_uninstall_the_great/) [threads](https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/lclhin/the_great_suspender_malware/) on Reddit’s /r/Chrome subreddit are full of comments from people complaining about the sudden decision, **as the removal resulted in the closing of all their suspended tabs**


  11. If you have any devices linked with Google account, you can check them out there in history, but do it quick before it updates the tabs. I managed to recover 75% of them.

  12. Can everyone stop complaining about losing tabs and talk about the real issue of what this extension was actually doing that resulted in google pulling it? Wake up and talk about the actual problem!

  13. Anybody knows if this effects crypto wallets like metamask? Would it also grab your private keys? I wanna say no since you don’t physically type them in

  14. With TGS gone and chrome back to butchering CPU and RAM, I feel like we went a good 5 years back… Google really needs to implement what TGS did as an official feature to chrome.

  15. I just learned about this today. I was wondering why I kept getting hit with random logins on my accounts from various locations throughout the world. I wanna know how the devs didn’t catch on to this.

  16. If you don’t regularly clear your history, you should be able to find every tab that has ever been suspended by going to your history and typing “**klbibkeccnjlkjkiokjodocebajanakg**” into the search bar.

    Learned this awesome trick from a fellow lad who goes by the name u/avatar_ENG



    If you still have the tabs, affected by the suspender, still open (but denying you access to the page).. there is a way to still recover the original link.

    Take this URL for example:


    This was actually a tab of mine which got corrupted after Google disabled The Great Suspender. Although it won’t grant you access to your page anymore, the fix to this is super simple: The URL of the original suspended site is within the URL of the suspended page.


    I hope this helps anyone who sees this.

  17. OH FUCK I just removed it now because chrome popped up with the warning…how fucked am i?

    I’ve been using it for 1-2 years?

  18. So is it REALLY malware and since when is it malware and malware is a broad term. WHAT EXACTLY does it do that makes it malware and where is the evidence?

  19. When I noticed all of my open TGS tabs were disabled, I found just pressing the “back” button restored the page.

    Not sure if this will still be helpful to anyone.

  20. Just wanted to chime in since I just finished fixing all my lost tabs with Session Buddy. My workflow relies on you having a session where you can pull all the saved windows and tabs from a source like Session Buddy, which was what I was using.

    tl;dr: You can fix any lost URLs from The Great Suspender by downloading The Marvellous Suspender (a forked, non tracking/malware version available on the Chrome Store), and replacing your URL references to “klbibkeccnjlkjkiokjodocebajanakg” with “noogafoofpebimajpfpamcfhoaifemoa” and using The Marvellous Suspender to restore the tab. Obviously if you only have a few tabs, just use the methods already mentioned by others and pull the URL from your history and get rid of everything before the http/https.


    0) Download Marvellous Suspender from the Chrome Store, a forked version of The Great Suspender without the tracking and malware: [https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-marvellous-suspender/noogafoofpebimajpfpamcfhoaifemoa?hl=en](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-marvellous-suspender/noogafoofpebimajpfpamcfhoaifemoa?hl=en)

    The plus side of this method is that if you liked The Great Suspender, I’m assuming The Marvellous Suspender does nearly the same thing and you can continue life as usual.

    1. Use Session Buddy or other method to pull up your last known “good” session where you can see the list of URLs that were saved. Most of these links will have been saved using The Good Suspender, so their URLs will be controlled by the extension.

    2) Go to the top Gear/Settings icon and click Export. I chose to click Show Sessions/Windows/Titles/URLs since I like my billions of tabs restores to those exact windows.

    3) You can use any of the export formats, but the key is to being able to paste it into a text editor that has Find & Replace capabilities

    4) Copy/Paste or export into a file of your choice and open it up in a text editing program (Word, Excel, etc.)

    5) Do a find & replace on the following:

    Find: klbibkeccnjlkjkiokjodocebajanakg

    Replace: noogafoofpebimajpfpamcfhoaifemoa

    This will find all references to The Great Suspender’s extension and replace it with The Marvellous Suspender’s extension.

    Optional: Since I also exported my session in Session Buddy with the Session Name, I did another Find & Replace to rename my session to something new, e.g.

    Find: “Session 1”

    Replace: “Session 1 Fixed”

    6) Now that all of your suspender URLs in the text file have been updated, copy/paste or save this new session file.

    7) Reimport it into your session manager as a new session.

    8) You should see the exact same list of URLs, same number of windows and tabs in your session manager.

    9) Restore all tabs and windows using your session manager.

    10) You’ll see a bunch of suspended tabs, just like you used to using The Great Suspender. The difference is the extension is now something The Marvellous Suspender can see, and hence you can restore these tabs exactly how you used to using The Great Suspender.

    Edit to give credit where credit’s due:

    /u/Fortune_Cat also posted a similar solution using an older version of TGS if you prefer that method. I have no idea how long TGS has had malware though: [https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/lch3k5/warning\_please\_immediately\_uninstall\_the\_great/gm28x7f?utm\_source=share&utm\_medium=web2x&context=3](https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/lch3k5/warning_please_immediately_uninstall_the_great/gm28x7f?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3)

    /u/MarsFilms also had a similar solution as mine: [https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/lch3k5/warning\_please\_immediately\_uninstall\_the\_great/gm6ushy?utm\_source=share&utm\_medium=web2x&context=3](https://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/lch3k5/warning_please_immediately_uninstall_the_great/gm6ushy?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3)

  21. Yes, and I’m mad at myself, cuz usually I’m more cautious. But I am pretty sure I dl’d it from the Chrome store, so..shouldn’t Google be making sure these extensions AREN’T malware?

  22. I’ve lost ACTUAL money to this. They stole my Google credentials, created many Google Ads account, and charged me for cupcake and easy-make lego YouTube ads!!!

    I’ve contacted Google for that, and they said that we “don’t have any track of any compromised account, so you’ll have to pay the full amount”!!!!!!!!!!

  23. I had been using The (not at all) Great Suspender for years, and it was a perfect solution for me. I recently returned from a long hospital stay (just a few months, but that felt long to me).

    Since i’ve been home I’ve had some difficulty with my computer. I was not really concerned , because my thinking, memory, ability to communicate, & or even read has been challenging (that was /is surprising, because the reasons i was in the hospital had absolutely nothing at all to do with my brain or an accident or injury. I only say that because I would be sincerely grateful if everyone could try to be a little bit patient with me If I’m posting in the wrong place, asking a question that has already been asked, misspelling/misusing words., or just do something wrong. I apologize in advance, and dont ming being corrected. Just go easy on me…

    That being said, from what Iwas able to read and follow on this thread, It seems I did the correct thing with my chrome and chrome like browsers< as I removed the problem thing/app/extension/ and I replaced it with the Marvelous one (don't recall exact name, but it is the one that was recommended here. HOWEVER, THat leaves me two questions that Hopefully someone can answer for me. First question is about Edge browser. I don't believe the marvelous one is compatible. Is there one that I can use for my edge browser. That is similar. I just want it to be a simple no-brainer type of thing. I'm already spending most of my time with physical/occupational/and other types of therapists relearning the simplest things that I've been doing for almost 50 years. Anyway, thank you for reading. I hope what I wrote makes sense

  24. Wtf, the removal of the extension only happened now. Why google let me use the extension for 3 month unlike other ?!?


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