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Not every Chrome or Firefox extension you use has to be one-hundred-per cent dedicated to productivity or utility. Sometimes, it's just nice to look at something pretty. And in the case of Earth View from Google Earth, I don't really care if it eats up my browser's memory or otherwise impacts its performance in any way. It makes me happy, and it will make you happy too -- exactly why this is our Extension of the Week.

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It can be hard to start an email, but it feels even worse when you're going insane after sending the same canned response to a question for the ninth time this week. If you'd like a little help replying to the messages in your ever-growing inbox, EasyEmail uses machine learning (along with your email data) to auto-generate potential replies you're too lazy to type yourself. (Whether the Chrome extension's features are worth a mild invasion of privacy is up to you.)

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Frozen webpages, a precursor to the ever-frustrating dead tab, can be intensely frustrating -- all the more so when you can't accurately identify what's causing the slowdown or random dead tab. If you want to learn more about what windows or processes are demanding too much of your memory and processing power, technology site gHacks suggests you look under the hood of Google Chrome using its built-in task manager.

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Viruses don't want to be removed, so the nastier ones will fight to stay put by disabling protection software, cloaking their presence and even generating fake windows and dialog boxes to give you a bum steer. Looks like malicious extensions are getting in on the action too, doing whatever they can to evade uninstallation.

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Your browser might be doing someone else's dirty work behind your back, mining cryptocurrency for malicious individuals using your desktop or laptops to create the digital currency, which can potentially be exchanged for real cash. According to Wired, hackers have found a way to inject Javascript-based cryptocurrency mining software into compromised sites, borrowing your processing power (and slowing down your computer) to generate the cryptocurrency Monero.

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Google's adding some more security features to its Chrome browser, with the first changes rolling out to Windows users today. The update improves both Chrome and Google's Chrome Cleanup Tool, which monitors extensions attempting to modify user settings like default search engines, along with malware designed to insert additional ads in your browser window. Perfect timing, considering the recent spate of Chrome extensions found collecting user data, impersonating more popular Chrome extensions, and even mining cryptocurrency without user consent.

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One major advantage Firefox, Chrome and other browsers have had over Edge is a rich extension ecosystem. In comparison, Microsoft has struggled -- massively -- to compete in this area. To be fair, it had to win people back to Edge first, which it's managed to somewhat accomplish. And while extensions for the browser are still thin on the ground, the steadily growing collection now has over 70 options.

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Sure, you need to finish that PowerPoint presentation for next week, but it won't hurt to just check Facebook real quick and see if Mark posted pictures from the party last weekend. And then make a quick online order. And you really should like a few photos in that gallery... It's easy to waste a few minutes (or a few hours) on the web without realising it.

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With the release of Firefox 57 towards the end of this year, Mozilla's browser will no longer support "legacy" addons. The switch to WebExtension means developers will have to almost certainly update their addons to make them compatible. This shouldn't be an issue for popular addons, but if you're using lesser known or outdated ones, you'll need to take steps to make sure you don't get caught out.

Shared from Gizmodo

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Having to close a tab with audio blaring from an auto-play ad is one of the web's greatest annoyances, but at the same time, most of us want to hear videos coming from YouTube or Netflix. How do you mute one without the other? Fortunately, there are a couple of easy solutions available.

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Not all emails are what they seem. Many messages come with embedded code designed to tell the sender when (and even where) you open them up. It's a trick often used by marketing companies to work out if you're actually paying any attention to them, but there are ways of spotting this kind of email tracking.