So I just decided to try out Google Chrome Beta, and suddenly several of my extensions were disabled without any possibility of re-enabling them again. Following links took me to Extensions disabled by Chrome - Chrome Web Store Help and also Google Product Forums
Extensions are a great way to enhance the browsing experience; whether you want to quickly post to social networks or to stay up to date with your favorite sports teams. Some extensions come bundled with others, which causes Chrome to ask whether you want to install them (or not). However, bad actors have abused this mechanism, bypassing the prompt to silently install malicious extensions that can override browser settings and alter the user experience in undesired ways. In fact, this is a leading cause of complaints from our users and a common topic here in the forum.
Since these malicious extensions are not hosted on the Chrome Web Store, it’s difficult to limit the damage they can cause. This is why we announced in November that as part of our continuing security efforts, all extensions for Windows users must be hosted in the Chrome Web Store. A couple of FAQs:
What will happen to my non-web store extensions?
With this change, these extensions will be automatically disabled in your extension list, and can be completely removed by visiting your extensions list (you can access this by typing chrome://extensions in your omnibox).
What if I think an extension was disabled incorrectly?
If you feel an extension was incorrectly disabled, start first by checking if it can be enabled in your extension list and the Chrome Store. If not, please let us know below. You should also contact the extension manager so they are aware.
What if I want to run non-web store extensions?
Advanced users can continue to use our Dev & Canary channels to run any extension. Please note that these channels are updated very regularly, and may contain features and bug fixes that are actively being developed.
I’m an extension developer, what do I do?
If your extensions are currently hosted outside the Chrome Web Store you should migrate them as soon as possible. You can learn more from our Developers FAQ.
When will this happen?
We are currently working to ensure that developers are aware of this change, and will do a slow rollout. The start of the rollout will be announced here once we have a specific date.
Got questions? Please let us know them below. To keep up with the technical updates to Chrome, please read the Chromium Blog.
We have extended the deadline for this until late May 2014, after the release of Chrome version 35. We will update here as that date approaches. To learn more, please visit the Chromium Blog announcement. Please encourage your favorite app developers to add their apps to the store asap.
So essentially, after may 2014 for stable channel, and currently for beta channel, Chrome will no longer support extensions not on the Chrome web store, this means extensions like PrivDog will be impossible to use unless you use the Dev/Canary channels. So it seems google is going walled garden with their extensions.
Personally I hate this, because it means I can no longer use PrivDog and Youtube Centered. So it seems like I’ll have to go back to Comodo Dragon now that Google Chrome is being ruined, shame.
What do you think about this move?