In principle, this add-on to Firefox and Safari is a very useful piece of software that enables the user to capture either whole pages or portions of pages so that it can be annotated and saved as an image file for use elsewhere.

Unfortunately, it contains malware in the form of “superfish” which is meant to be some sort of price comparison software. Hovering over images on various websites instantly brought up a wide range of similar products as product and price comparisons.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/awesome-screenshot-capture-/reviews/

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_superfish.com_it_keeps_coming_out_on_my_computer

The problem is that there was no mention of this malware prior to or during the installation of Awesome Screenshot. And as such it proved very difficult to actually pin down exactly where this rogue malware is coming from.

My recommendation is quite simple. Do not use the Awesome Screenshot plug-in. Find an alternative screen capture plug-in.

  • developer

    Great article but you fail to mention the javascript injection this plugin uses. The injection is on every page load and "calls home" with an encrypted paydata.

    This plugin should be removed from the plugin store immediately,

  • This can be disabled by going to options (right click on the addon button). They also have a webpage explaining this superfish feature: http://awesomescreenshot.com/superfish.html

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