Hoverzoom’s Malware controversy, and Imagus alternative

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  1. beemeup2
    December 26, 2013

    Eh, Chrome. As a Firefox user I’ve been using the “Thumbnail Zoom Plus” addon for this type of thing, but have recently replaced it with the “Mouseover Popup Image Viewer” userscript as I find it even more intuitive to use. The script is also available for Chrome with Tampermonkey.

    Mouseover Popup Image Viewer: https://userscripts.org/scripts/show/109262
    Thumbnail Zoom Plus: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/thumbnail-zoom-plus/

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  2. Sharath
    December 26, 2013

    I was really getting used to HoverZoom. But what they did was unethical (if it is true, especially changing the URL to fit in your affiliate ID). Imagus does look like a good alternative but there is room for a lot of improvements!

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  3. Rodalpho
    December 26, 2013

    Smoothgestures does the same stuff, tracking your activity and modifying webpages to inject its own ads. I (and many others) submitted complaints to Google, but the addon remains in the Chrome web store. Google basically doesn’t police its addons at all. They do not care.

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  4. Zack
    December 26, 2013

    Instead Hooverzoom, I use and recommend userscript http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/109262
    In chrome (with extension Tampermonkey) takes up much less memory.

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    • beemeup2
      December 27, 2013

      Yeah, I mentioned the same script in my post. It’s a great script.

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  5. imu
    December 26, 2013

    “Hoverzoom at the time of writing has been removed from the Google Chrome Web Store. According to information on the site, it was removed by the author and not by Google.”

    As far as extension doesn’t inject ads to cover Google’s ones that advertising company won’t do anything about it and this is the reason -I bet- why they going to ban side loaded extensions any moment soon.
    In terms of spyware browser extensions are the best target ever – cross platform,hard to monitor, easy to install and effortless to use.

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  6. Anonymous
    December 26, 2013

    Thank you for the information. It is a great source to keep oneself informed and up to date of the latest developments.

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  7. ilev
    December 26, 2013

    Martin,
    Thanks for the info. Hover Zoom was one of my favorite extensions.

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  8. Rick
    December 26, 2013

    Merry Xmas Martin,

    Of course this is not the first time an extension has gone rogue – and it doesn’t matter how reputable or used one is, so don’t feel “safe” if you’re using a well-known extension. For example, and I had almost forgotten, but there was a time when Noscript was mysteriously connecting to unknown servers, and when you tried to block this access using Noscript .. well the extension just up and ignored its own code!

    I still don’t use Noscript (preferring Yesscript instead).

    To really see what is going on without going through the script code, just monitor your network connections either through your router (if it has a network activity log), or using a software solution. If you see web addresses / sites that are unknown, do some investigating.

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  9. Mountainking
    December 27, 2013

    Excellent article.

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  10. Rook
    December 27, 2013

    Thanks! I wasn’t aware of the script injections!
    How do I change the language in Imgus? The options in my native language mean absolutely nothing to me, I want to get rid of the annoying animations.

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  11. Noel
    January 20, 2014

    Did you notice, Imagus also asks to access all data and modify user history permission? Not too sure if thats safe either

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  12. fillem
    January 22, 2014

    Thank you for this information.
    Using Safari 6.1.1…installed Imagus but there are no preference options when selected….just opens a blank page.
    Hopefully development for Safari will be ongoing.
    Really need to get the word out to Safari users to uninstall Hoverzoom and for Apple to get it off their extensions page.

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  13. David
    March 30, 2014

    I tried Imagus extension and it didn’t work reliably on Facebook (for example there was an album added with it’s story on timeline and zoom only worked on the biggest image, not on lower 3). Also there was no option to turn off Animations, maybe setting delays to 0 would work, but it’s bad UI for normal users to not have this option. I installed Hover Free and this works reliably so far on all the images.

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  14. Blue
    November 22, 2014

    As of current the version is up to 5.5 and there is no script injection anymore since 5.2 as too many people complained. The reason why I like Hover Zoom is not really for the zoom capability, but for the fact it has added the ability to save the image with a single key tap (default S which in Facebook should be changed to another letter because it sometimes launches a FB shortcut to share a page) especially useful for pages that disable R clicking images to save. And it is simpler and faster than having to R click to save an image.

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  15. Blue
    December 3, 2014

    Scratch that… as of today’s update (December 2nd, 2014) version 5.6, they/he added the redirecting to the advisormedia site again. Though according to advisormedia, no personal knowledge is being tracked, all they do/are is a Passive DNS replication, which tracks and reports back to the author what and where we click. Data mining basically for what ever purpose. I’m not entirely happy with this, but it seems harmless.

    Its like buying a car and having the dealer install a GPS tracker to see where we go… not sure if it is any of their business like this Hover Zoom script using Api.Advisormedia.cz site to mine our data.

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  16. antoniojr avellanosa
    April 13, 2015

    I’ve long been using chrome.Sometimes its all a matter of preference and brand loyalty to an extent.

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  17. Ricky Bennett
    November 25, 2015

    As of about November 21, 2015, Google has disabled Hover Zoom in the Chrome browser. You can reactivate it again (and probably play activation ping-pong with Google every time your browser is updated), but I strongly suggest getting Imagus, which is a much better extension.

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