Thanks to problems like malvertising and performance-crippling video adverts, security extensions like Adblock Plus are now a basic tool for anyone who goes online. These extensions keep you safe and help your computer run faster.
Adblock Plus is a net positive for users, which is why I was so surprised that Chrome removed the extension when it booted after its latest update.
About two days back I rebooted my computer (usual Windows 7 issues) and when I restarted Chrome I found the same browser with a new version number (55.0.2883.87, released on 12 December).
But what I did not find was AdBlock Plus. For some unknown reason, Chrome had deleted the extension when it was upgraded. I just reinstalled the extension this morning, and I am still trying to find out why and how it was deleted.
For obvious reasons, this is worrisome. If Chrome can delete a security extension, even by accident, then users need to pay closer attention so that they protect themselves.
I can't find similar complaints on Twitter or through Google, so it looks like I was the victim of some random alignment of extensions, unrelated security apps, a Chrome update, and Windows 7.
I for one find it hard to believe that I could be the only one affected; surely my setup is not that unique.
Have you had trouble with Chrome deleting extensions?
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