If you are interested in analyzing your Messenger chats, Counter for Messenger might seem like the perfect tool, but, of course, it is unlikely that many users would ever even think about using something like it. Due to this, it is believed that this potentially unwanted program could slither in without the user’s notice at all. If this PUP is active on your Google Chrome web browser, can you confirm that it slithered in without you realizing it? Most likely, you let it in by accident when downloading something much more attractive and beneficial-looking. If that is the case, are you absolutely sure that these other programs you downloaded are trustworthy? Immediately run a complete system scan using a legitimate and trustworthy malware scanner to help you figure out if you need to remove a bunch of unreliable pieces. Hopefully, all you need to do is delete Counter for Messenger, but if other threats are found, you cannot ignore them.
Although it is most likely that you downloaded Counter for Messenger along with malware using an unfamiliar installer represented via an unreliable website, it is also possible that you acquired this add-on from chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/counter-for-messenger/ldlagicdigidgnhniajpmoddkoakdoca. This Chrome webstore installer is, allegedly, linked to aliangliang.top; however, this site does not provide us with any useful information. The Portfolio (作品集) section provides links to several different Chrome webstore pages introducing Chrome users to various extensions. Needless to say, we do not advise installing any of them. Besides that, the page also links to a non-existent Facebook page, and a Github profile. Unfortunately, there is no information about the creator of Counter for Messenger or their intentions. Due to this, the potentially unwanted program is very mysterious, and trusting it could be a real gamble. Ultimately, the only thing we know about the PUP is that it is meant to provide you with statistical information in regards to your Messenger. Overall, the extension is not transparent, and you should remove it without further hesitation.
Our research team warns that there is a good chance that Counter for Messenger was created to spy on you and record information about your activity. If you give the PUP the permission to analyze your messenger chats and friends’ profiles, highly sensitive information could be recorded, and since very little is known about this extension, you have to consider the possibility of malicious parties being involved. We are sure you do not want to put your own virtual security at risk for a tool that does not even work in a beneficial manner, and this is why you should remove Counter for Messenger right away. In the future, when you install new and unfamiliar extensions, we recommend being more cautious. Before you initiate the installation, do your research, analyze privacy policies, and learn about the service or tool you are interested in as much as possible. Unless you are 100% comfortable with the service, you should not get involved. If you follow this advice, hopefully, you do not need to deal with PUPs and malware in the future.
The instructions below show how to remove Counter for Messenger and clear the browsing data manually. It should not be difficult for you to erase this potentially unwanted program and clear any traces of it from your browser; however, we cannot guarantee that this will be the end of it all. If a malware scanner informs that malicious threats exist, you must eliminate them immediately. Can you do it manually? If you can, do so as soon as possible. If you cannot clean your system yourself, do not bother with the guide below. The anti-malware program you install to delete malicious threats will take care of the PUP as well. If you need help, or if you have questions about the information presented in this report, post a comment below.