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browser plug-in

Software that adds functionality to a Web browser. Typically from a third party rather than the browser developer and also called "add-ons" or "extensions," they are used to add toolbars and support a variety of graphics, animation, audio and video formats. For example, the Flash plug-in lets users watch countless videos on the Web in the Flash video format. The terms "browser plug-in" and "helper application" are sometimes used synonymously; however, the plug-in is designed for and entirely integrated into the browser and cannot run by itself. A helper application is a separate program launched by the browser when needed. See browser rendering engine, helper application, plug-in, extension and plug-in free.
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Browser plug-ins enhance the functionality available in the browser and especially so for multimedia content; examples are Adobe Flash, Java Runtime Engine and Applets, and Microsoft Silverlight.
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Also this version 3 blocks floating ads, removes malicious browser plug-ins & toolbars, and protects homepage from being changed.
To mitigate the ransomware risk, the CTU report advises companies to adopt a number of measures, including: keeping operating systems, web browsing software and browser plug-ins up to date; re-evaluating permissions on shared network drives to prevent unprivileged users from modifying files; and backing up data offline.
Although Facebook didn't reveal the names of the other companies that were also targeted, PC Mag points out that Twitter had also suffered a similar attack recently, one that it had blamed on Java browser plug-ins. However, in Twitter's case, the attack did result in user credentials being exposed.
The 2013 edition of the contest will offer $560,000 in potential prize money to hackers who demonstrate exploits of previously unknown vulnerabilities in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE), Safari, or the Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash or Oracle Java browser plug-ins.
* Outdated plug-ins continue to be a ripe attack vector - Users are slow to update browser plug-ins and attackers know it, as witnessed by the Flashback Trojan, which infected over 650,000 Macs leveraging a Java vulnerability.
blocking malicious browser plug-ins that can compromise system security.
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