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One of the features of Google’s Chrome browser, used by millions of people around the world, is the ability to install [software] extensions. Because of security risks, Google has decided that installation of extensions should generally only be possible via its own Chrome webstore (https://chrome.google.com/webstore).
One of the extensions currently installable from the webstore (and therefore presumably considered ‘secure’ by Google) is “Video download helper” by www dot thevideomate dot com.
But when this extension is enabled and third party websites such as the BBC are visited, it appears to result in information being sent to www dot superfish dot com.
Oddly enough, at the time of writing, Google’s “Contact us” facility for reporting issues with Google products “right away” doesn’t even list Chrome as a ‘product’, and doesn’t really provide a way of making contact “right away”. Even if Chrome were listed in the product options, there would be no means of actually communicating a problem.