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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Bookmarks Button

Although it might not seem like it at first, Bookmarks Button is a tremendously suspicious and mysterious extension. At the time of research, this extension was compatible only with Google Chrome, but the official installer was dead. Hopefully, it is not revived in the future, but just in case it is, we need to discuss it now. If the installer is revived, it could be spread via third-party installers that might bundle the add-on along with malicious infections and potentially unwanted programs. We identify the add-on as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) as well, and that is mainly because it is unlikely to serve you in a beneficial manner. Furthermore, it is likely to do more suspicious things than it originally offers. Our research team strongly recommends removing Bookmarks Button, but you do not need to follow our recommendations blindly. Instead, you can read this report to learn more about the suspicious PUP so that you could decide for yourself if you should delete it.

Originally, Bookmarks Button is represented at bookmarksbtn.com, but the installer on this page does not work because the original installer available at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bookmarks-button/nmkenpelbkmeamekejjokaldhmmdkkkk has been taken down. Neither the official website, nor the Chrome app store reveals any useful information about the suspicious extension. All we get is that the PUP offers a button that enables a quick access to your Google Chrome bookmarks. There is no information regarding the activity of the extension beyond that, and, more importantly, there is no information about the creator or their intentions. Although few users ever take their time to familiarize with privacy policies, terms of use, and other legal statements, they are very important. The fact that they are not disclosed is very important as well because that indicates that the developer of the PUP might be hiding something from you. Needless to say, that does not make the extension any more transparent or trustworthy, and that is a good enough reason to initiate its removal.

Since there is no official information about Bookmarks Button, we have to consider all possibilities, and one of them is that the extension has hidden agenda. What if it employs tracking cookies to record personal information? What if it can modify your searches? What if it can open security backdoors? What if it can showcase unreliable advertisements? Since we know nothing about the PUP, it would be naive to just dismiss the possibility of it being malicious. After all, it is highly unlikely that it was created to serve you in a useless manner. If you launch your Google Chrome browser, you are introduced to the top bookmarks at the top, and you can access the rest of them via the “Other bookmarks” button. Hence, Bookmarks Button is useless, and that is why it is believed that this suspicious extension could work in other ways as well. Without a doubt, our research team does not recommend trusting software that is as suspicious and unpredictable as Bookmarks Button. If you agree with us, it might be high time you deleted this suspicious extension from your Google Chrome web browser.

Whether or not you want to delete Bookmarks Button, we recommend inspecting your operating system with the assistance of a legitimate malware scanner. It is possible that the hijacker came along with other threats – most likely to happen if you used an unreliable installer – and if they exist, you need to delete them. If you cannot remove Bookmarks Button and all other threats yourself, why not install a legitimate anti-malware tool? Obviously, it is great at automatically erasing existing infections, but the biggest reason to install it would be the protection it can provide you with. If you do not ensure that your operating system is guarded appropriately, you might face much more serious infections in the future, and we have to warn you that a potentially unwanted program – no matter how unpredictable and suspicious – is not the biggest threat you can face.

Bookmarks Button Removal

  1. Launch the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Simultaneously tap keys Alt+F to open the Chrome menu.
  3. Select More tools and then choose Extensions.
  4. Click the trash bin button next to the unwanted extension.
  5. Select Remove and then restart the browser.
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