Q&A [Updated 29/12/2018] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings

Evjl's Rain

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Comparison between browser extensions

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Q&A - [Updated 25/7/2018] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings


Test, quick 1/9
Q&A - [Updated 25/7/2018] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings


Fun test 25/7/2018
Q&A - [Updated 24/7/2018] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings


Updated 24/7/2018 (most comprehensive, as possible)
Q&A - [Updated 24/7/2018] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings


Updated 19/7/2018
Q&A - [Updated 10/7/2018] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings


Updated 18/7/2018
Q&A - [Updated 10/7/2018] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings


Updated 10/7/2018
Q&A - [Updated 10/7/2018] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings


Updated 7/6/2018
Q&A - [Updated 7/6/2018] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings


Updated 3/6/2018
Q&A - [Updated 3/6/18] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings


Updated 25/4/2018
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Update: 23/3/2018
Poll - [Updated 23/3/18] Browser extension comparison: Malwares and Phishings



Browser: Google Chrome 65 x64
Malware and phishing links: 10 malc0de, 10 vxvault, 10 openphish, 10 verified phishtank, 10 unverified phishtank
Total: 50 links
Extensions: recently downloaded from Chrome Web Store
- Google Safe Browsing (built-in chrome's protection)
- AdGuard AdBlocker: default settings, uses Google Safe Browsing (delayed) and their own database
- Avira browser safety: default settings
- Norton Safe Web: default settings
- Bitdefender Trafficlight: default settings, it rarely blocks any malware links, just old ones
- Avast Online Security: default settings, only has phishing protection, expected to score 0 against malwares
- Netcraft Extension: default settings, only has phishing protection, expected to score 0 against malwares
- uBlock Origin with some additional filters

NOTE: the result can vary from day-to-day. Tomorrow with different links, the result can be very different. All are live links but they can be dead a few minutes after the test. No duplication

Results:
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Winner: Google Safe Browsing
 
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blackice

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What would be a good alternative to BDTL?
Latest version doesn't work reliable anymore with Edge Dev.
For Edge (I use the beta) I just let smart screen do it’s thing.

If you mean this permission "Communicate with cooperating native applications" then yes.
If I remember correctly it was worded slightly differently on FF, but I could be misremembering. I actually had it disabled already. MBBG works fine for me in FF, which I don’t use all the time anyway.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Okay BDTL still not working like before. Less aggressive. Normally it blocks first before SmartScreen kicks in. Now most of the time no response.
Have swapped with Malwarebytes Browser Guard. MBG kicks in befor SmartScreen. Sort of how BDTL was before the last update.
Tested this with the latest links of VX Vault and with OpenPhish.
 

oldschool

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For Edge (I use the beta) I just let smart screen do it’s thing.

I usually do the same, but SS missed some fresh links I just tested. There were a few very slick imitation sites, e.g. PayPal, etc. But who doesn't check their address bar when they go to site where they sign in for email, payments, etc.???

@Gandalf_The_Grey I've only used Phishtank today but I'll try VX Vault and OpenPhish. MBG for you is (y) (y)
 

Pat MacKnife

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Okay BDTL still not working like before. Less aggressive. Normally it blocks first before SmartScreen kicks in. Now most of the time no response.
Have swapped with Malwarebytes Browser Guard. MBG kicks in befor SmartScreen. Sort of how BDTL was before the last update.
Tested this with the latest links of VX Vault and with OpenPhish.
I have the same feeling with BDTL, like no response .... i use beta Edge chromium.
 

Protomartyr

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With the recent change in Bitdefender's Traffic Light permissions and some privacy concerns, I've been trying to find a suitable replacement for it. Malwarebytes Browser Guard seems like a good choice, but I already have Malwarebytes Premium (a lifetime license) that includes a web component.

At first I thought it would be redundant to have both the Malwarebytes extension and the web component (from Premium) active. I did find this this post on the Malwarebytes forums saying that they complement each other.

What are y'alls thoughts on this?
 

blackice

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With the recent change in Bitdefender's Traffic Light permissions and some privacy concerns, I've been trying to find a suitable replacement for it. Malwarebytes Browser Guard seems like a good choice, but I already have Malwarebytes Premium (a lifetime license) that includes a web component.

At first I thought it would be redundant to have both the Malwarebytes extension and the web component (from Premium) active. I did find this this post on the Malwarebytes forums saying that they complement each other.

What are y'alls thoughts on this?
I’ve seen that comment from MB before, and I’m not sure. The premium is pretty good at web filtering and blocking malicious sites. I think the extension helps block ads/unwanted sites. If you just want a malware/phishing filter I’ve always felt the premium was enough. I know they say they block it with signatureless, but I’m not sold on it.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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With the recent change in Bitdefender's Traffic Light permissions and some privacy concerns, I've been trying to find a suitable replacement for it. Malwarebytes Browser Guard seems like a good choice, but I already have Malwarebytes Premium (a lifetime license) that includes a web component.

At first I thought it would be redundant to have both the Malwarebytes extension and the web component (from Premium) active. I did find this this post on the Malwarebytes forums saying that they complement each other.

What are y'alls thoughts on this?
It looks like a great extension, but I feel some slowdown when opening pages.
I'm going to test Avast and Netcraft as well and see who's the winner for me.
 

blackice

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It looks like a great extension, but I feel some slowdown when opening pages.
I find premium to not bog down my own system, but that extension plus premium would probably slow down things quite a bit on a modest system. I do find FF slightly slower when I use the MBBG extension. However the difference between a page loading twice as fast as 1 second isn’t a big difference to me. I’m not constantly hopping pages. But I’ve seen a couple load painfully slow.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Test results on Edge Dev 79.0.287.3:
16 links ( 7 OpenPhish, 6 VX Vault, 3 URLhaus):
Avast 6/16 (6 OpenPhish links, failed on the rest).
Bitdefender 2/16 (2 OpenPhish links failed on the rest). :eek:
Emsisoft 5/16 (5 OpenPhish links, failed on the rest).
Malwarebytes 13/16 (5 OpenPhish links, 5 VX Vault links and all 3 URLhaus links).
Netcraft 5/16 (5 OpenPhish links).
SmartScreen 6/16 (6 OpenPhish links, failed on the rest).

With SmartScreen enabled Edge Download protection (9/16) warned/blocked all VX Vault and URLhaus downloads.
Without SmartScreen Windows Defender (9/16) blocked all VX Vault and URLhaus downloads.

So there is definitely something wrong with the latest version of Bitdefender TrafficLight on the latest Edge Dev!
Edge Dev with SmartScreen should be enough in this test and the only option for me now could be Malwarebytes Browser Guard. :unsure:

Disclaimer: too small a set of links to take this test seriously. Just an indication.
 

oldschool

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With SmartScreen enabled Edge Download protection (9/16) warned/blocked all VX Vault and URLhaus downloads.
Without SmartScreen Windows Defender (9/16) blocked all VX Vault and URLhaus downloads.

So there is definitely something wrong with the latest version of Bitdefender TrafficLight on the latest Edge Dev!
Edge Dev with SmartScreen should be enough in this test and the only option for me now could be Malwarebytes Browser Guard. :unsure:

Disclaimer: too small a set of links to take this test seriously. Just an indication.

Thanks for your tests.
 
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