Threat Database Adware 'Invite Friends' Extension

'Invite Friends' Extension

By GoldSparrow in Adware

The 'Invite Friends' extension for Google Chrome that you may encounter on video sharing sites may not be a reliable extension. The 'Invite Friends' Extension may not be associated with a trusted service and does not provide ownership information, source and developer. The 'Invite Friends' extension is known to be promoted on dodgy sites with adult-rated media content. Web surfers that may be fond of alternatives to YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion, may be invited to install the 'Invite Friends' extension on Google Chrome via a message box. The notifications for the 'Invite Friends' extension may be shown as you watch a video and are redirected to an affiliate page. We have received reports that the recommendation to install the 'Invite Friends' extension may be shown on a black background which features the text:

'Please, install the extension if want to keep watching the video
and set the default search for your browser.
Click "Add Extension"
to complete the installation.'

As stated above, there is no information on the Chrome Webstore on the functionality of the 'Invite Friends' extension, and there is no information on the video portals where the 'Invite Friends' extension is promoted. Evidently, the developers of the 'Invite Friends' extension may have designed the app to request the following privileges:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Change your privacy-related settings
  • Change your search settings

If you grant permission to install the 'Invite Friends' extension, you may be provided with a new start page, default search aggregator, and advertisements in the form of banners, pop-up windows and video commercials. The 'Invite Friends' extension is not related to social media services like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and you should not allow it to read and change all your data on the websites you visit. It is not a good idea to enable the 'Invite Friends' extension alter your privacy-related settings because it may leak data to third parties without your knowledge. It is not recommended to install the 'Invite Friends' extension that might introduce insecure resources to your computer and redirect you to phishing pages. Cyber security researchers warn that extensions like 'Invite Friends' that come with no information on the behavior, affiliation, and origin may be used to compromise your security and collect data. You should not install the 'Invite Friends' extension to Google Chrome if you intend to keep your PC safe. Security researchers encourage users to remove the 'Invite Friends' extension if it has been installed on their browser.


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