Friday, June 16, 2023

Chrome browser hijackings

My daily computer is a Linux laptop. It's a MacBook Pro with a replacement SSD and Ubuntu Linux installed. My daily browser is Firefox.

However, my daily computer is always at home, even though it's a laptop. My travel computer is a Chromebook. That means I run the Chrome browser when I'm away from home.

Word is that a new variant of the ChromeLoader browser hijacker is making the rounds. It's called "Shampoo" and it's infecting a lot of people. Shampoo is targeting pirate streaming sites, along with the usual adult sites, giveaways, and the like.

And, it seems to be mostly Windows computers being hit, as every detailed story about it mention Windows-specific processes that Shampoo uses. If that's the case, then my Chromebook is safe, although I'm not certain about that.

Of course, the sites that are being used to infect people aren't sites I visit, so practicing safe computing helps.

There is a video that came out last month that covers browser hijackers, and it's worth learning about.


My Streaming Life has not been impacted by viruses, and I hope yours has been safe as well. If you are visiting the pirate streaming Websites with your Chrome browser on Windows, you may want to rethink things.

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