Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Web Store (CWS) is Google's online store for its Chrome web browser. CWS hosts thousands of extensions and web apps.

Chrome Web Store
Chrome Web Store Logo 2012-2015
The Chrome Web Store as seen from Google Chrome OS
Chrome Web Store as seen from Chrome
OpenedDecember 6, 2010


CWS opened in December 2010.[1] A year later it was redesigned to "catalyze a big increase in traffic, across downloads, users, and total number of apps".[2] As of June 2012, there were 750 million total installs of content hosted on CWS.[3]

Some extension developers have sold their extensions to third-parties who then incorporated adware.[4][5] In 2014, Google removed two such extensions from CWS after many users complained about unwanted pop-up ads.[6] The following year, Google acknowledged that about five percent of visits to its own websites had been altered by extensions with adware.[7][8][9]


Malware remains a problem on CWS, so users should be cautious about what they install.[10][11][12][13] For example, in January 2018, security researchers found four malicious extensions with more than 500,000 combined downloads.[10][14]

Chrome used to allow extensions hosted on CWS to also be installed at the developer's website for the sake of convenience.[15] But this became a malware vector, so it was removed in 2018.[16]


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  2. ^ Empson, Rip. "New Chrome Web Store Proves To Be A Boon For Developers Above (And Below) The Fold". TechCrunch. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  3. ^ Vikas SN (2012-06-29). "The Lowdown: Google I/O 2012 Day 2 – 310M Chrome Users, 425M Gmail & More". MediaNama. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  4. ^ "Adware vendors buy Chrome Extensions to send ad- and malware-filled updates". Ars Technica. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  5. ^ Bruce Schneier (21 Jan 2014). "Adware Vendors Buy and Abuse Chrome Extensions".
  6. ^ Winkler, Rolfe. "Google Removes Two Chrome Extensions Amid Ad Uproar". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Ad Injection at Scale: Assessing Deceptive Advertisement Modifications" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-05.
  8. ^ "Superfish injects ads into 5 percent of all Google page views". PC World. IDG.
  9. ^ "Superfish injects ads in one in 25 Google page views". CIO. IDG.
  10. ^ a b "Security firm ICEBRG uncovers 4 malicious Chrome extensions - gHacks Tech News". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  11. ^ "Google's bad track record of malicious Chrome extensions continues - gHacks Tech News". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  12. ^ "Chrome Extension Devs Use Sneaky Landing Pages after Google Bans Inline Installs". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
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  14. ^ "Google Chrome extensions with 500,000 downloads found to be malicious". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  15. ^ "Using Inline Installation - Google Chrome". Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  16. ^ "Improving extension transparency for users". Chromium Blog. Retrieved 2018-12-15.

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Bilingual search engine

A bilingual search engine provides multiple language search pages when users type keyword in one language. Obviously, this kind of search engine will give more detailed information for people who speak more than one language, although many mainstream search engines provide multiple languages services. However, the difference between a bilingual search engine and a multiple language search engine is a bilingual search engine will translate keyword from one language to another automatically. Google also published a plug-in (Bilingual Search Suggestion) for Chrome browser to meet the requirement of bilingual search,but it was canceled and unable be found in Chrome web store now.

Browser extension

A browser extension is a small software module for customizing a web browser. Browsers typically allow a variety of extensions, including user interface modifications, ad blocking, and cookie management.

Browser plug-ins are a separate type of module. The main difference is that extensions are usually just source code, but plug-ins are always executables. As of 2019, plug-ins have been deprecated by most browsers, while extensions are widely used. The most popular browser, Google Chrome, has thousands of extensions available but only one plug-in: the Adobe Flash Player that is disabled by default.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is a remote desktop software tool developed by Google that allows a user to remotely control another computer through a proprietary protocol developed by Google unofficially called "Chromoting". It transmits the keyboard and mouse events from one computer to another, relaying the graphical screen updates back in the other direction, over a network.

Chrome Remote Desktop requires the use of Google Chrome, along with the installation of an extension from the Chrome Web Store.

Chrome Remote Desktop supports both a remote assistance mode, allowing a user to control another person's computer (typically to diagnose or troubleshoot a problem) as well as a remote desktop mode where a user can connect to another one of his or her own machines remotely. While remote assistance login via PIN passwords is available for terminals running Windows, Mac, iOS, Android or Linux operating systems, the remote desktop functionality is supported for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems with Linux support in beta. It uses VP8 video to display the remote computer's desktop to the user. Under Windows, it supports copy-paste and real-time audio feed as well, but lacks an option to disable sharing and transmission of the audio stream.

The software is also limited to 100 clients. Attempting to add further PCs after reaching 100 will result in a `failed to register computer` error.


CourseGem is a Google Chrome extension which aims to make the online systems of various universities more accessible to their students. CourseGem is the 25th highest rated Chrome extension, out of over 50,000 extensions which are available in the Chrome Web Store, as of December 22, 2013. CourseGem auto-generates a drop-down menu with links to all courses to which a student is registered. It also automatically logs students into all of their school's online systems and supports all languages which any particular school supports. The extension also contains the selected school's links to the academic calendar, grading system, information system, student union, email account, learning management system, and school newspaper, where available.


Diigo is a social bookmarking website that allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag Web pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. These annotations can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo, or be forwarded to someone else via a special link. The name "Diigo" is an acronym from "Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff".Premium account holders can perform full-text searches of cached copies of bookmarks. A full-text search also searches page URLs, tags and annotations. This means that premium account holders can choose to omit tags that already appear in the text of a page to be bookmarked (although text inside images cannot be searched).

The launch of Diigo met with mixed responses, from the unimpressed to the enthusiastic. Diigo beta was listed as one of the top ten research tools by CNET in 2006.

Outside the website, Diigo's graphical user interface includes an optional bookmarklet, or a customizable toolbar, with various search capabilities. Highlight is enabled by a menu, that can either appear automatically when content is selected, or be embedded into the context menu.

In March 2009, Diigo acquired web-clipping service Furl from Looksmart for an undisclosed price.The site also has an extension available on the Chrome Web Store.On October 25, 2012, the domain was hijacked. An unknown attacker changed the authoritative nameserver records ("NS records") for DNS zone DIIGO.COM, temporarily giving control to nameservers at AFRAID.ORG, and causing traffic to be misdirected.Mobile apps for Diigo are available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7.


Fieldrunners is a tower defense video game developed for several platforms. Originally released on 1 October 2008 as an exclusive iOS title, the game was later ported to Nintendo DSi, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, and mobile phones. It was released on the Android platform in July 2011, on the Amazon Appstore and Android Market. On 25 October 2011, it was ported to HTML5 by Gradient Studios and Bocoup and released on the Chrome Web Store with the first level, Grasslands, playable for free. It is the first release of developer Subatomic Studios.

Google APIs

Google APIs is a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) developed by Google which allow communication with Google Services and their integration to other services. Examples of these include Search, Gmail, Translate or Google Maps. Third-party apps can use these APIs to take advantage of or extend the functionality of the existing services.

The APIs provide functionality like analytics, machine learning as a service (the Prediction API) or access to user data (when permission to read the data is given). Another important example is an embedded Google map on a website, which can be achieved using the Static maps API, Places API or Google Earth API.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome (commonly known simply as Chrome) is a cross-platform web browser developed by Google. It was first released in 2008 for Microsoft Windows, and was later ported to Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android. The browser is also the main component of Chrome OS, where it serves as the platform for web apps.

Most of Chrome's source code comes from Google's open-source Chromium project, but Chrome is licensed as proprietary freeware. WebKit was the original rendering engine, but Google eventually forked it to create the Blink engine; all Chrome variants except iOS now use Blink.As of February 2019, StatCounter estimates that Chrome has a 62% worldwide browser market share across all platforms. Because of this success, Google has expanded the "Chrome" brand name to other products: Chrome OS, Chromecast, Chromebook, Chromebit, Chromebox, and Chromebase.

Google Chrome App

A Google Chrome App is a web application that runs on the Google Chrome web browser. Chrome apps can be obtained from the Chrome Web Store where apps, extensions, and themes can be installed or bought. There are two types of apps, hosted and packaged, which have different locations of their executable and are targeted at different use cases.On August 19, 2016, Google announced that it would begin phasing out Chrome Apps for Windows, Mac and Linux (both packaged and hosted) by the end of 2016, finishing the process in early 2018. The company said that such apps will, however, continue to be supported and maintained on Chrome OS "for the foreseeable future".

Google Drawings

Google Drawings is a free, web-based diagramming software developed by Google. It allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organisational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, concept maps, and other types of diagrams. Google Drawings is also available as a Chrome app that works offline, available from the Chrome Web Store. Google Drawings is hosted within Google Drive and all files created with the application are by default saved to Google Drive. It was originally introduced on April 12, 2010 as Google Docs drawings, a tool for making drawings in Google Docs.Google Drawings allows multiple users to open and edit drawings simultaneously in real time.

It contains a subset of the features in Google Slides but with different templates.

Users can insert images from the local hard drive or from the Web, as well as shapes, arrows, scribbles and text. Google Drawings has set of flow-chart symbols and other shapes that can be dragged and dropped into place. Users can move, resize and rotate objects, and use polylines and line connectors.

It also allows for the editing of images, including cropping, applying masks and adding borders.

Other features include laying out drawings precisely with alignment guides, snapping to grid, and auto-distribution.

Drawings can be inserted into other Google documents, spreadsheets, or presentations. They can also be published online as images or downloaded in standard formats such as JPEG, SVG, PNG, or PDF.

Google Native Client

Google Native Client (NaCl) is a sandboxing technology for running either a subset of Intel x86, ARM, or MIPS native code, or a portable executable, in a sandbox. It allows safely running native code from a web browser, independent of the user operating system, allowing web apps to run at near-native speeds, which aligns with Google's plans for Chrome OS. It may also be used for securing browser plugins, and parts of other applications or full applications such as ZeroVM.To demonstrate the readiness of the technology, on 9 December 2011, Google announced the availability of several new Chrome-only versions of games known for their rich and processor-intensive graphics, including Bastion (no longer supported on the Chrome Web Store). NaCl runs hardware-accelerated 3D graphics (via OpenGL ES 2.0), sandboxed local file storage, dynamic loading, full screen mode, and mouse capture. There are also plans to make NaCl available on handheld devices.Portable Native Client (PNaCl) is an architecture-independent version. PNaCl apps are compiled ahead-of-time. PNaCl is recommended over NaCl for most use cases. The general concept of NaCl (running native code in web browser) has been implemented before in ActiveX, which, while still in use, has full access to the system (disk, memory, user-interface, registry, etc.). Native Client avoids this issue by using sandboxing.

An alternative of sorts to NaCl is asm.js, which also allows applications written in C or C++ to be compiled to run in the browser (at more than half the native speed), and also supports ahead-of-time compilation, but is a subset of JavaScript and hence backwards-compatible with browsers that do not support it directly. Another alternative (while it may initially be powered by PNaCl) is WebAssembly.

On October 12, 2016, a comment on the Chromium issue tracker indicated that Google's Pepper and Native Client teams had been destaffed. On May 30, 2017, Google announced deprecation of PNaCl in favor of WebAssembly. Although initially Google planned to remove PNaCl in first quarter of 2018, the removal is currently planned in the second quarter of 2019 (except for Chrome Apps).

Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a spreadsheet program included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. The service also includes Google Docs and Google Slides , a word processor and presentation program respectively. Google Sheets is available as a web application, mobile app for Android, iOS, Windows, BlackBerry, and as a desktop application on Google's ChromeOS. The app is compatible with Microsoft Excel file formats.

The app allows users to create and edit files online while collaborating with other users in real-time. Edits are tracked by user with a revision history presenting changes. An editor's position is highlighted with an editor-specific color and cursor and a permissions system regulates what users can do. Updates have introduced features using machine learning, including "Explore", offering answers based on natural language questions in a spreadsheet.

Google Slides

Google Slides is a presentation program included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. The service also includes Google Docs and Google Sheets, a word processor and spreadsheet respectively. Google Slides is available as a web application, mobile app for Android, iOS, Windows, BlackBerry, and as a desktop application on Google's ChromeOS. The app is compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint file formats.Slides allows users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with other users in real-time. Edits are tracked by user with a revision history that tracks changes to the presentation. Each editor's position is highlighted with an editor-specific color/cursor and the system regulates what users can do through varying degrees of permissions. Updates have introduced features using machine learning, including "Explore", offering suggested layouts and images for presentations, and "Action items", allowing users to assign tasks to other users.

Line (software)

Line (styled as LINE) is a freeware app for instant communications on electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, and personal computers. Line users exchange texts, images, video and audio, and conduct free VoIP conversations and video conferences. In addition, Line is a platform providing various services including digital wallet as Line Pay, news stream as Line Today, video on demand as Line TV, and digital comic distribution as Line Manga and Line Webtoon. The service is operated by Line Corporation, a subsidiary in Tokyo of Naver Corporation.

Line launched in Japan in 2011, reaching 100 million users within eighteen months and 200 million users only six months later. Line became Japan's largest social network in 2013. In October 2014, Line announced that it had attracted 560 million users worldwide with 170 million active user accounts. In February 2015, it announced the 600 million users mark had been passed and 700 million were expected by the end of the year. It is the most popular messaging application in Japan. It is also popular in Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan and Indonesia.Line was originally developed as a mobile application for Android and iOS smartphones. The service has since expanded to BlackBerry OS (August 2012), Nokia Asha (Asia and Oceania, March 2013), Windows Phone (July 2013), Firefox OS (February 2014), iOS tablets (October 2014), and as a Chrome Browser Application (via the Chrome Web Store). At one point, Line was available as a website (non-browser-app), but it has since been discontinued. The application also exists in versions for laptop and desktop computers using the Microsoft Windows and macOS platforms.


Mobicip is a cloud-based Internet filter and parental control service that works on all major platforms of mobile Internet devices. Mobicip is supported on various types of devices used by families such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows, macOS and Chromebook. Mobicip was launched in 2008. Mobicip used to be a safe browser app but is now a VPN on iOS & Android that filters any browser. Mobicip is a parental control application that protects internet, regulates screentime, allows/blocks apps and tracks location as well, while allowing parents to customize the configuration and view activity reports. Using the web-based or mobile applications, parents can customize the filter to set up whitelists and blacklists, block categories of websites, and manage users and devices. In addition, the application lets parents monitor the Internet activity on the device, group the activity by user, by allowed or blocked websites, sort by time etc.Mobicip on the Apple iOS App StoreMobicip on the Google Play StoreMobicip for Microsoft WindowsMobicip for Apple macOSMobicip on the Google Chrome Web Store

Raaga is an Indian music streaming service, providing songs, podcasts and videos in various languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Sanskrit and genres like Carnatic music, Hindustani classical music and others. The logo of the site contains its slogan: "A world of music".

The music streaming service is free to users and is supported by advertisements. Mobile applications are available for Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, and applications are also available for Windows 8, Google TV and Chrome Web Store. Entertainment portal IndiaGlitz has defined it as "India's #1 music portal"., but other reviewers have found the signup process time-consuming and the user interface slow.

Search Encrypt

Search Encrypt is an Internet search engine that prioritizes maintaining user privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. It offers general web search, image and video search capabilities. Search Encrypt recently added a news search functionality. The authenticity of these claims has not been audited by an independent source and the engine's privacy policy allows it to sell user data to marketers. Search Encrypt earns revenue from the advertisements that appear above the search results. In addition, the engine is often installed accidentally by users, and then redirects the browser's searches to Search Encrypt, activity that is characteristic of a browser hijacker. It also changes settings, which the user grants permission for when installing the extension. Several web sites have characterized Search Encrypt as malware. The engine claims to differentiate itself from other search engines by using local encryption on searches and delayed history expiration. Search Encrypt emphasizes steps to anonymize user data, rather than building behavioral retargeting profiles on users.

Search Encrypt was created in 2016 by a group of developers. In November 2017, the site had 22.74 million visitors. Search Encrypt is also available as a browser extension for Google Chrome. It is currently listed in the Chrome Web Store.The company is based in Limassol, Cyprus. and has 10 employees. The name was derived from the products main features.

Video DownloadHelper

Video DownloadHelper is an extension for the Firefox web browser. It allows the user to download videos from sites that stream videos through HTTP. The extension was developed by Michel Gutierrez.


ZipBooks is an accounting software company based in American Fork, Utah. It produces the software of the same name.


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