The Great Suspender was a popular browser extension that put tabs to sleep after a period of inactivity It was a great tool for freeing up system resources that would normally be monopolized by tabs that were just in the background I say “was”, as in the past, because The Great Suspender is no longer in the Chrome Web Store

According to several people on The Great Suspender's GitHub page, Chrome now displays a message indicating that the extension contains malware Go to the Chrome Web Store page for The Great Suspender displays an error message 404, So it seems that the extension has been removed

If this all sounds familiar to you, it's because we hiked and danced this song last November with Microsoft Edge Back in the day, Microsoft's browser displayed a warning that the extension contained malware

The former owner of The Great Suspender announced plans to sell the extension last summer.The comments section of this announcement thread included several accusations that the extension contained malware from new code. There is also a full article on Reddit regarding the extension's accusations of adding malware.

As was the case when The Great Suspender was first reported as malware, I will stress that I am not a developer and cannot verify malware claims myself. I can however point out that Microsoft and Google, two of the biggest tech companies on the planet, reported the extension for malware.

If you like the feature of resting tabs in the background, there are alternatives that are still available Microsoft Edge has a recently deployed Sleeping Tabs feature Vivaldi Browser also has a similar hibernation tabs feature

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