‘The Great Suspender’ was one of Chrome’s most popular extensions.
A few days ago, Google removed the popular Chrome extension The Great Suspender because of malware. What was once the most popular extension for users is now being classified as a threat to your system.
In case you aren’t aware, The Great Suspender is a Chrome extension that can suspend tabs so it doesn’t consume resources on your computer. We know Chrome is usually a memory hog, and typically struggles especially on older computers. The Great Suspender can ‘suspend’ unused tabs and then simply reloads them when you’re ready to use it.
It became one of the top Chrome extensions available, and I was personally using it over the last years of my PC before I upgraded to a faster one. More than 2,000,000 users recommended the extension due to its simplicity and effectiveness.
Many were surprised when Google officially removed the extension last week and automatically disabled the extension if it is still installed on your browser. Users were still wondering what the reason is, but research confirmed that the original maker of the extension has sold its rights to an unknown entity sometime last year.
From there, some users have already raised suspicion on the sale of an extension that is supposed to be open source and doesn’t even generate revenue. As it turns out, version 7.1.8 release last October confirmed that it included scripts that are able to track users on a computer along with the ability to execute code from a server.
Microsoft has also removed the extension from its Edge store. As many of you know, the current version of Edge now uses the Chromium engine from Chrome, making all of its extensions compatible with Microsoft’s browser.
You can still opt to install a past version of The Great Suspender if you need to, though this would require you to go through Chrome’s developer settings. An immediate and easier alternative is not available at the moment.
If you have The Great Suspender installed on your browser, it’s best to check and remove it right now.