Billions of Google Chrome users have warned about a malicious virus hijacking your browser

THERE IS nasty malware targeting billions of people using Google Chrome worldwide.

According to cyber security experts, the software takes over victims’ browsers to trick them into accessing shady websites.

A malicious malware targets users of Google's Chrome web browser


A malicious malware targets users of Google’s Chrome web browserPhoto credit: Getty

These websites, run by hackers, can steal your information and possibly steal your passwords and bank account details.

The malware, dubbed ChromeLoader, was discovered by researchers at US-based cybersecurity company RedCanary.

In a recent blog entryThe company’s Aedan Russell said experts had been tracking the threat since February.

He said, “We have seen what appears to be a resurgence in ChromeLoader activity.”

ChromeLoader gets into users’ PCs in files pretending to be pirated video games, movies or TV shows distributed via torrent sites.

Once inside your computer, it eventually manifests itself as a browser extension that silently connects to Chrome.

From here, the malware modifies a user’s browser settings to show search results and ads for fake websites.

These websites are largely harmless, but they can hide far more sinister activities.

For example, hackers could use them to trick people into impersonating a social media platform or a bank.

If a visitor is duped, they could then unknowingly share their login credentials or bank account details with crooks.

Russell wrote: “ChromeLoader uses PowerShell to inject itself into the browser and add a malicious extension to it.

“This is a technique we don’t see very often (and one that often goes undetected by other security tools).”

He later outlined the worst-case scenario for this type of malware.

“When applied to a higher impact threat – such as For example, a credential harvester or spyware, this PowerShell behavior could help malware gain a foothold and go undetected,” Russell said.

He added that it could then “perform more obviously malicious activities, like exfiltrating data from a user’s browsing sessions.”

To protect yourself from the malware, you should take extra care when clicking on links to make sure you don’t end up on a website you don’t recognize.

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When downloading files, make sure you trust whoever sent them to you. Don’t open files you don’t recognize.

In general, if something doesn’t feel right, trust your gut and leave the file or website alone.

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