Stolen Camera Finder is a browser extension that might search the web pages you visit to check if the photos they contain were made by your stolen camera. As you see, most cameras have unique serial numbers, and they can be seen on the photo’s Exif. Thus, if the plugin finds a picture made by a camera that is claimed to be stolen, it can inform its owner. While there are no guarantees the current owner will be willing to give your camera back, some users hope the person could at least provide information about where he got it, which might make it easier to track the one who stole it. Other users install Stolen Camera Finder just to support the project as they think the idea is brilliant. Further, in the text, we will talk about why some users do not believe it is such a good tool, although our researchers report it is legitimate since they did not find anything malicious about it. Still, if you would like to erase it, you could do so while following the steps available at the end of the article.
At the moment of writing Stolen Camera Finder can still be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store page and from the earliest reviews there it would seem the application was available since 2011. The first review says “goodbye privacy” suggesting the user thinks the tool could be threatening to his privacy. However, the facts about the application on its homepage (stolencamerafinder.com) propose the extension does not collect or somehow store images you upload or other private data.
Another review back in 2012 suggests the application can slow down Google Chrome. Also, Stolen Camera Finder received a similar review in 2017. This time the user complained the extension is running on every website he is visiting, and as a result, the user is getting lots of errors. The same person says this started happening after the latest update and because of this he might uninstall the tool. If you noticed any of the described symptoms that would suggest the plugin could be making it difficult to surf the Internet, you could try to disable it for a bit and see if the plugin might be causing these problems.
As for users who are sure they do not want to have this application on their browser we can offer our recommended deletion steps located a bit below this text. Our specialists think it might be compatible not just with Google Chrome, but also Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, so the instructions will show how to remove the extension from these two browsers too.