Always when I've opened a new tab, I've got a little notice "Get A Chromebook For The Holidays" (Screenshot) for some days. How could Google insert this advertising into Chrome? What can they also add to Chrome?

Was it perhaps an updated?

I am asking because I think it would be a bit scary if Google could directly communicate with Chrome (and this setting would be activated by default).

• I do not get such advertisements. What did you do before they started? Could this be an extension/app? – Carighan Maconar Nov 24 '11 at 13:53
• @CarighanMaconar - It is confirmed that it is not an extension. Google a bit, you'll stumble onto a link or two mentioning it. Sucks, but what can one do. – Rook Nov 24 '11 at 14:05
• @Idigas Use chromium ! – Shadok Nov 24 '11 at 14:37
• See also "Get rid of chrome new tab page ad". – JdeBP Nov 24 '11 at 16:09
• Use SRWare Iron? – Apache Nov 24 '11 at 23:15

Open a new tab, and right-click in the new tabe then View Source.

This shows how the page is constructed. It is just a web page with javascript that dynamically populates the page. Such adverts would never be hard coded into the application, it wouldn't make sense to do this with a browser. The content is pulled in from Google.

If you don't want to see the new tab page or have concerns about the data transmitted to Google, you could use the Shortcut Manager extension to create a shortcut that opens a new tab on a page of your choosing.

• I guess I have to search in var templateData, do I? – Martin Thoma Nov 25 '11 at 5:47

They can do whatever they want since automatic updating is on by default.

• And it's their program :) – HaydnWVN Nov 24 '11 at 13:55
• Automatic update on a Linux machine means I get notified if I want to update. They can't update without notifing me. But as I don't think that Google will add malware I update. – Martin Thoma Nov 25 '11 at 5:48
• It's silent and automatic on OS X and Windows. – ggustafsson Nov 25 '11 at 14:43