No more silent extensions in Chrome 25

Remember those times when you used Internet Explorer 5 or 6 and you used Google's toolbar to search the web? You could have installed it yourself, or it came bundled with another program and you missed an important tick mark during installation. Those unwanted toolbars still exist and Google has decided to put a hold on those silent installs.

Starting with Google Chrome 25, programs can no longer silently install extensions without your permission. They will be disabled by default, however Chrome will tell you when it detects a new extension you didn't install yourself by displaying a badge on the menu button. Then you can click through the menu to enable or remove the new extension.

Google goes a step further by also disabling previously installed silent extensions. You will receive a one-time promt showing you a list of silent extensions so you can review all installed extensions and delete some if you want to.

Google advises software developers to notify users when installing extensions by pointing them to a website and using inline installation. That way, the user knows what is installed and the extensions are hosted in the Chrome Web Store.

Source: The Chromium Blog | Images via Google

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Install "Ghostery" - Best extension and speeds up browsing so much more getting rid of all the third-party webpage crap, analytics, facebook connect, sharing stuff, and annoying widgets.

Mikee4fun said,
How about this, read what your installing before blindly clicking on I agree...
I've had stuff install extensions but make no mention of it during install. It's really annoying.

I have never come across this issue ever. I guess you are installing some shady items then. Once again, I would recommend reading the EULA before installing software. Most people never read it, they just click on check boxes and say I agree or accept.

I've gone back and forth between chrome and Firefox, I usually use Chrome and keep it open to Docs and Calendars and use Firefox for my other workflows...seems to be the best solution for me. I use A LOT of extensions though. All have their strengths...and weaknesses

"Starting with Google Chrome 25, programs can no longer silently install extensions without your permission."

So they allow it now? That's just stupid. I'm glad I've never used that garbage.

COKid said,
"Starting with Google Chrome 25, programs can no longer silently install extensions without your permission."

So they allow it now? That's just stupid. I'm glad I've never used that garbage.


Yes, I don't understand either how this could fly under my radar. How hasn't this been given more attention?

Colin McGregor said,

except my IE blocks ads, only plays flash on sites I want them too and only allows popups in sites I want them to and I don't have a single addon, plugin or extension needed. Can you say that about your chrome or firefox??


And another good one, install addons without a required restart. Refreshing a page is the most you have to do

One of the main reasons I've moved away from Firefox was because of the terrible way it handled extensions, so it's good to see Chrome continue to improve in that area.

Firefox is old news! Remember the old days before chrome came along! We had the "move to firefox" campaign and how it was the in thing to do to make fun of internet explorer! Now eventually firefox will be forgotten! IE will keep churning along and chrome will develop at a rapid pace!

theyarecomingforyou said,
One of the main reasons I've moved away from Firefox was because of the terrible way it handled extensions, so it's good to see Chrome continue to improve in that area.

Firefox stopped silent extension installation about a year ago.

Majesticmerc said,
Firefox stopped silent extension installation about a year ago.

And I stopped using Firefox about four years ago and haven't seen anything that would make me want to go back.

theyarecomingforyou said,

And I stopped using Firefox about four years ago and haven't seen anything that would make me want to go back.

Fair enough, but my point was that you can't really use this to criticise Firefox (or to praise Chrome as being better) because Firefox has had this for far longer. Chrome is simply catching up to the competition here.

I like this idea, though still wished .user.js could be installed with a click outside the extension gallery or whatever it's called.

Google has a bad habit of installing or changing stuff themselves without asking. Chrome being the perfect example where it is constantly updating itself without permission. Last time I looked I had about 5 "google update" services/tasks constantly running in the background of my computer.

Colin McGregor said,
Chrome 25 lol

what difference does it make would having a dot between 2 and 5 make you happy.
next would be 2.6