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Are browser extensions inherently unsafe?

As Steffen says in the comments, browser extensions are software and, like all software, there's no such thing as "inherently safe" and you should only run ones you trust. In practice, ...
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Are browser extensions inherently unsafe?

Browser extensions have access to the pages you visit and so can read information and also insert JavaScript to send requests and the like. So yes extensions can be very dangerous. The other issue is ...
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Can I trust companies that test antimalware software?

That depends on what you mean by "trust". If you mean "Everything they say is an objective, infallible truth", then no, you can't. If you mean "Their tests are reasonable and ...

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