Browser Spies Moonlighting as Website Editors
The humble browser extension can range from an ad-blocker or a wishlist tool to nuisances like MapBeast Ads or, in the worst case, a security risk that's no different from any Trojan. LNKR, a member of that last category, is an extension-based form of spyware that tracks the user as they surf the Web. What makes LNKR different from most threats that our malware researchers catch doing similar reconnaissance is its extra injection features, which make it a de facto Web page editor.
Curating Your Browsing Experience for Everyone's Safety
Infection techniques for LNKR extension are, thankfully, well-known. The threat uses a range of different Chrome extensions (malware analysts can't yet confirm any variants ported to other browsers) for hiding itself behind helpful services and soliciting downloads. In some cases, the campaigns compromised legitimate resources like the official Chrome Web Store successfully. Users can check reviews for suspicious history and always should scan their downloads with proper security software before opening or installing them.
A browser extension that's making money off of the backs of unwitting Web surfers isn't a new phenomenon, but LNKR goes to impressive lengths for its money. Its two-pronged strategy is a good reason for investing in cyber-security with a holistic mindset since what affects even just one user makes ripples throughout the Web.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to LNKR may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.
Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.