Some of the reasons why people seem to have giving up on watching television is the heavy dose of advertisements, unlike OTT services such as Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime where advertisements are skippable for those who pay for those services.
The major manufacturing companies in India and worldwide have come to realize that the declining interest in traditional TV consumption among the urban population that have access to all things digital.
That’s why manufacturers are spending heavily on establishing their electronic existence and creating awareness.
But according to some reports, unwanted advertisements online aren’t going anywhere and Google Chrome extensions could be the reason.
What’s adware, you may ask? Adware is a software application that’s designed to automatically show pop-up advertisements and banner ads when a user is online.
Does this happen with you quite often? If your answer is yes, maybe you have installed adware disguised as Chrome extension whose sole goal is to serve you gaudy ads and earn some money on every click that you create.
More often than not, these advertisements are irrelevant to the consumer, and that’s the reason you may choose to pull the plug on such adware.
In this manner, YouTube cannot auto-select lower quality video playback setting on the consumer’s behalf.
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The extension had scored five-star evaluations and 4.2 million downloads by simply placing 4K as the default video playback degree on YouTube.
Ironically, it also started asking users to download another popular extension that allows users block the ads and popups.
The extension does no longer exist on the Chrome Web Store. However, we don’t know for certain if the ban is permanent or only temporary.
A permanent ban seems unlikely since the extension is not malicious in its entirety and adware doesn’t necessarily corrupt your files or steal some of your data.
However, if you are not so happy about these unwanted advertisements coming in from nowhere, you can uninstall the extension.
All you need to do is right-click on the extension icon beside the browser’s address bar.
There are several strategies to manage unwanted advertisements and pop-ups from Google Chrome.
How to Remove Google Chrome extension
- Open Google Chrome browser onto your PC.
- Go to More tools > Extensions by clicking on the more icon in the top right corner of your browser.
- Click on the option ‘Remove’ on the extension that you wish to uninstall.
- Now, click on the option called ‘Remove’ to confirm that you wish to uninstall the extension.
Check for permissions
You should keep a tab on the permissions that extensions need.
When an extension already installed on your Google Chrome asks new consent, there may be something suspicious happening with the extension.
In that case, you have to do a little research to make certain that the extension is not hijacked.
Reset the browser settings to default
If nothing works, you may want to reset your browser settings to default
- Open Google Chrome > More > Settings > Advanced > Reset Settings
- Click Restore settings to their original preferences and then Reset Settings.
As soon as you reset your browser settings, then you might need to turn some extensions back on.
Proceed to Chrome > More > More Tools > Extensions and then turn on extensions you trust.