I observed throughout the day yesterday three episodes where my processor gets hijacked for a minute and the memory gets maxed out (12 gigs). The culprit was a seemingly infinite number of tabs being opened in one of the Google Chrome windows with ads: same advertisement in all tabs. I couldn't see the pages but by the tab title I could tell it was ads.
I suspect that this is done by one of the 15-20 chrome extensions I have installed. Most of them are legit popular extensions but some are a little shadier. Is there a way to find the culprit in such a situation? More specifically:
- Can I figure out which extension was responsible for opening new tabs without any action from me?
- Is there a tool that checks my extensions for ones that are known to be malicious?
- Are there are possible culprits that can open tabs in a Google Chrome window outside of Google Chrome?
Next time this happens I'll try to catch a screenshot, or at least jot down the name of the ad in the tab title.
OS: Ubuntu Linux 12.10 Chrome: 25.0.1364.160