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Google to Shutdown Chrome Extensions Not Installed From the Chrome Web Store

Shady, third party YouTube downloaders, your run has come to an end (sort of). Google announced today that it will begin shutting down Chrome extensions that were installed outside of the Chrome Web Store (CWS). They also announced that going forward, users can only install extensions that are hosted on the CWS. At this time, this new change seems to only affect Windows users. 

Google noted in a post to the Chrome blog, that malware can be hidden in extensions, allowing the bad guys to do damage to your life while working silently in the background. Dirty extensions could track your browsing activity or inject unwanted ads into your Chrome experience. If you notice oddly placed ads or a sluggish browser, you may have a bad extension installed.

If you are a “developer,” Google will “continue to support local extension installs during development as well as via Enterprise policy.”

To find out more details on this new extension policy, hit up the source link below.

Via:  Chrome Blog
  • Topias Olavi Salakka

    I have developer mode on, but i still can’t install an extension my friend made. Well i can install it, but it gets disabled every time i open Chrome

  • demian angied

    ok no problem y
    change to firefox right now

  • Ishraq Muntakim

    Hello. I am Ishraq from Dhaka,Bangladesh. I downloaded RealPlayer with the one-click downloader on September,2013. That program’s extension was also in Google Chrome with the add-on in IE. Most of the time,I downloaded YouTube videos from IE,while less time with Chrome by one-click download. When I was in hurry with finishing delete the unwanted extension,I deleted the RP extension by mistake. So,to return back the extension,I searched in the CWS to re-download the plugin. Now I understand why Chrome shut down the extension outside CWS.

  • Eclipse

    Guess I’m going back to Firefox. Google, stop nannying everyone you’re worse than Apple.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Fantastic. Good to see Google getting a handle on this. Should make for a better experience overall. No complaints here with my chromebook.

  • Executor

    This has, ironically enough, been the case with Chrome’s dev channel for a few months, it’s just now rolling out to stable.

    You can still get your Youtube download on, though. Install the Tampermonkey extension from the Chrome Web Store, then use it to install the userscript version of Youtube Center.

  • NahSon

    Dat der walled garden! >_>

  • derk p

    i def need the youtube video downloaders… and whatever else i want, this is kinda weird

  • Dont use Chrome anywho. Firefox FTW.

    • FknTwizted

      lol firefox is getting as bad as explorer with all their security downloads, bloated feel and what not… damn browser is slower than a old lady counting her change at the check out line.

  • HarvesterX

    Now of only we could create custom user agents for chrome (beta) on android so we can always view desktop modes I might switch browsers to chrome since it’s only one I know of I can use where I can upload local files. Until them I’m using Habit

  • Michael Hammond

    So, I’ve installed a YouTube downloader via .crx file (drag and drop), Google will disable it on my own personal machine? I mean, that’s what it sounds like from this article. If that’s the case, that’s an invasion of my own personal setup. Free software for users to do what they please when Google wants them to? That’s sad. If I want to infect my PC, let me do it …. I mean that’s about the stance we have to take now, since no other “reason” or “excuse” will get into the thick skulls of those lame brains.

    Google is the new Apple.

    • David Dudovitz

      No, in order to have installed it, you had to have marked yourself a “developer”, and Google says this doesn’t affect “developers”, only average users. Your extension will be fine.

      “For developers, we’ll continue to support local extension installs during development as well as installs via Enterprise policy. And if you have a dedicated installation flow from your own website, you can make use of the existing inline installs feature. Windows developer channel users, as well as those on other operating systems, are unaffected by these changes.”

    • michael arazan

      cnet has free programs that will screen record anything on your screen in any browser like with hypercam 2, but the real good ones cost upwards of $50, the free ones work ok depending on the definition quality of the video you want, it’s just average.Just remember when installing from cnet, during installations make sure you uncheck added bloatware they want to install, sometimes it’s under customize.

      They also have YT downloaders as well, but I never tried them.

  • Adrynalyne

    Good. I’ve removed enough malware extensions from client machines to see the need in this.

    • hoosiercub88

      This is the only good I can see with this.. because there is an insane amount of crap that gets installed with some extensions.. even the ones that are in the Web Store.

  • AlmaAWilliams

    They also announced that going forward, users can only install extensions that are hosted on the CWS. At this time, this new change seems to only affect Windows users.


  • scy1192

    Makes no sense, how will developers develop an extension now? There’s got to be more to it.

    • my95z34

      You should probably read the article…

      “If you are a “developer,” Google will “continue to support local extension installs during development as well as via Enterprise policy.””

      • WestFiasco

        What’s wrong with these people? It’s amazing.

        • Rafi

          as always, good for people, bad for power users

          • rawr

            Perhaps if more effort was spent to turn people into power users we wouldn’t have so many problems with tech.

            But people are easily controlled and power users want more control so that might contradict big government and big capitalism (funny how allegedly they are on opposite sides of the spectrum but in fact they both have the same end goal, complete reliance upon them).

  • Craig P

    CWS means Chicago White Sox to Chicagoans :p

  • halkun

    So “–enable-easy-off-store-extension-install” will no longer work?

  • J Harrell

    Beta Chrome has had this setting for awhile now. The only thing that was problematic was the lack of being able to use GreaseMonkey scripts natively. Thankfully, TamperMonkey fixes that issue.

  • Allen Kowal

    Had to double check to make sure adblock was installed from the store. Glad its still on there.

    • acashe42

      I’ve got adblock plus running and adblock on standby.

    • TBolt

      Now, we’ll see if Google removes the ad blockers from the Chrome Web Store.

      • rawr

        Good thing ffox and others are better than chrome anyway.

        Not sure why people use chrome for anything other than chromecast.

        • FknTwizted

          ffox and others? what others explorer?, safari?, dude all of them are heavier that a fat chick at a all you can eat restaurant after it closes!

        • TBolt

          I use the Google Drive suite a lot. It’s a better experience in Chrome. There are more reasons, but that’s a big one.

    • jwildman16

      AdBlock Plus causes serious memory drain, but it’s still really nice to have, especially for YouTube video ads.

  • Dan

    Well, back to Firefox.

    • Rafi

      opera 🙂

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        • Rafi

          ahah, its based on chromium now and also compatible with chrome extensions. nice one 🙂

    • TBolt

      Yes, I’ve always needed Firefox for something; so, I keep it installed. This news just makes it far more likely I’ll always have Firefox standing by.

  • Ray

    Thank god it took me 2hrs yesterday to get rid of this spam extension called “enterprise policy” was a pain in the ass