Beware! Google Reader Notifier for Firefox Is Now Crapware

Gman496

Super Moderator
Staff member
Anybody using the very popular Google Reader Notifier extension for Firefox should probably remove it immediately, as it is now tracking your browsing and displaying ads in your status bar without your consent. Despicable.

The ads are sneaky, and they don’t show up right away…

If you want to see the offending code for yourself, browse down into your Firefox profile’s extensions folder, find the {efa1abef-cb1c-4e40-9bc5-e2e69a3fb329}chromecontent folder, and you’ll see the st_ads.js file.





Once you open up the javascript file, you’ll see Loads of tracking and ads going on.





And whatever you do, don’t click on the ads, because they will take you on an endless redirect through ad-filled pages.


So, How Do I Get Rid of the Despicably Intrusive Ads?

Personally I’d remove the extension entirely. But if you absolutely Must keep using this extension, you can simply uninstall the current version, and then install the old version v0.71 Link:

You’ll want to stick with version 0.71 and make sure that when you are prompted to upgrade the extension later, Don’t Do It!


What Should I Do?

Head over to the extension page at Mozilla Add-ons and leave a review expressing your displeasure.

And in the future, you might not want to simply approve every extension update blindly – go to the extension’s page at Mozilla Add-ons, and check the recent reviews before you install any updates.


Courtesy: The How To Geek.


-
 

dns

Registered
Gman496 said:
Anybody using the very popular Google Reader Notifier extension for Firefox should probably remove it immediately, as it is now tracking your browsing and displaying ads in your status bar without your consent. Despicable

Absolutely true !
 

7thsinger

VIP Member
Very good information for people using this add Gman.

Despicable is absolutely the proper way to describe this.
 

Linny40

TK LADY VETERAN
browse down into your Firefox profile’s extensions folder, find the {efa1abef-cb1c-4e40-9bc5-e2e69a3fb329}chromecontent folder, and you’ll see the st_ads.js file.

how do i find out where this is?? or if i have this extension
 

Gman496

Super Moderator
Staff member
browse down into your Firefox profile’s extensions folder, find the {efa1abef-cb1c-4e40-9bc5-e2e69a3fb329}chromecontent folder, and you’ll see the st_ads.js file.

how do i find out where this is?? or if i have this extension

Open "My Computer" & navigate to,

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\extensions

If you have that extension installed you will see

{efa1abef-cb1c-4e40-9bc5-e2e69a3fb329}

in the right hand folder pane.

I think the actual jar file will be in the chrome folder.


-
 
Last edited:

Gman496

Super Moderator
Staff member
nope not got it! ive got 2 that start with 972 and B137 so im safe then

thanks
You would know if you had it anyway Linny, you have to physically install it as an add on & if you done that you'd probably have been using it.

Your good to go Linny :)


-
 
Top