Is The Great Suspender Malicious? How To Remove from Chrome
The Great Suspender has been the most popular tab suspension extension on Chrome since its release. However, the recent change in ownership at The Great Suspender has raised serious concerns about its security.
Our recommendation: You should remove the extension if you want to be safe. If you’re looking for a reliable alternative to The Great Suspender, we've made it easy to switch to Workona (instructions here).
Is The Great Suspender safe?
It’s important to note that some of the claims against The Great Suspender have not been proven and The Great Suspender may indeed be safe (though it depends on your definition of “safe”).
These are the main issues:
- Some users are concerned that the new owner intended, or intends, to inject malicious code into The Great Suspender — this is not an uncommon occurrence in these situations.
- Changes were made to The Great Suspender that were not disclosed, including the fact that the extension was now connecting to various third-party servers and executing code from them. The new owner also began tracking users without notifying them. This isn’t technically malware, but it still (rightfully) left users uneasy.
- After purchasing The Great Suspender, the new owner was silent in responding to user concerns.
The combination of silence from the new owner, undisclosed changes to user privacy, and a history of buyers injecting malware into recently acquired extensions has caused many to deem The Great Suspender unsafe. We recommend erring on the side of caution and uninstalling the extension (here's how).
If it's not technically malware, why is this a big deal?
At least one browser (Microsoft Edge) has actually flagged the extension as malware. But even if that wasn't the case, the extension's new tracking abilities are a problem if you care about your internet privacy. A quick look at the original Github thread shows that this is a widespread worry among users.
The undisclosed changes to The Great Suspender include the ability to edit web requests. Because most users’ extensions automatically update, The Great Suspender can now “observe and analyze traffic and to intercept, block, or modify requests in-flight” for 2 million users. These are overly broad permissions, and The Great Suspender had previously functioned just fine without them.
How to remove The Great Suspender
To be on the safe side, we recommend uninstalling The Great Suspender. Here’s how:
- First, unsuspend all suspended tabs. Click on The Great Suspender extension icon and select the “Unsuspend all tabs” option. Please note that not doing this will result in your suspended tabs being lost.
- Then, right click on The Great Suspender extension icon and select “Remove from Chrome.”
- Select “Remove” in the pop up.
Are there safe alternatives to The Great Suspender?
Available on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge, Workona automatically suspends your tabs and helps you organize them. It offers enterprise-level security, so you don’t have to worry about unauthorized access to your data. You can see Workona's commitment to user privacy here; feel free to email us anytime with security questions.
How to switch from The Great Suspender
Workona can pick up your tab suspension where The Great Suspender left off. You choose how many tabs to keep in memory and how you'd like your tabs restored.
New user instructions (you don't have a Workona account)
- Install Workona Tab Manager extension
- Save all unsaved windows as workspaces (follow these steps in each window)
- Close all workspaces
- Uninstall The Great Suspender
Existing user instructions (you have a Workona account)
- Save or close all workspaces
- Uninstall The Great Suspender