Chrome Web Store
Chrome Web Store as seen from Chrome
|Opened||December 6, 2010|
CWS opened in December 2010. A year later it was redesigned to "catalyze a big increase in traffic, across downloads, users, and total number of apps". As of June 2012, there were 750 million total installs of content hosted on CWS.
Some extension developers have sold their extensions to third-parties who then incorporated adware. In 2014, Google removed two such extensions from CWS after many users complained about unwanted pop-up ads. The following year, Google acknowledged that about five percent of visits to its own websites had been altered by extensions with adware.
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