On Tuesday Google announced that in July it will start removing all browser extensions that mine cryptocurrencies from its Chrome Web Store. Other blockchain-related browser extensions are still allowed.
Google previously allowed developers to publish single-purpose mining extensions as long as they were solely dedicated to mining and informed users of their purpose.
However, it turned out that 90 percent of published crypto-mining extensions don’t comply with those rules. Some developers even tried to hide their mining scripts into what look like legitimate browser extensions. Those extensions used too much CPU resources that caused the web browser and computer to slow down or even stop responding.
“The key to maintaining a healthy extensions ecosystem is to keep the platform open and flexible. This empowers our developers to build creative and innovative customizations for Chrome browser users. This is why we chose to defer banning extensions with cryptomining scripts until it became clear that the vast majority of mining extensions submitted for review failed to comply with our single purpose policy or were malicious,” said James Wagner, Google’s extensions platform product manager.
The decision regarding crypto-mining extensions comes less than a month after Google announced its intention to ban cryptocurrency-related advertisements in its search results.