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Nasty Firefox malware warning
6/14/2011 | E. Pluribus Unum

Posted on 06/14/2011 6:25:11 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

When I started Firefox tonight I got a Windows message saying that Firefox wanted to update from the Internet. I allowed it, and right away I started getting incredibly annoying audio advertisements and a popup that said "GetIt" whenever I tried to click on anything.

I rolled it back to a restore point and got rid of it, but whatever it is, it is so blatantly annoying that I don't know what they think they are accomplishing.


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1 posted on 06/14/2011 6:25:15 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I restarted FF and didn’t get the message.


2 posted on 06/14/2011 6:29:02 PM PDT by SkyDancer (You can't spend your way into prosperity or borrow your way out of debt.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Thanks for the heads-up!

I’ll keep my eye open for a similar event...


3 posted on 06/14/2011 6:29:30 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Do you have a virus protection software on your computer? If so, which one, if you don’t mind saying?


4 posted on 06/14/2011 6:30:48 PM PDT by chickadee
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

A couple of great and free anti-malware pieces of software are

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Maleware
http://www.malwarebytes.org/

and

Super Anti-Spyware
http://www.superantispyware.com/

Download them, update them, and run them. It’ll get rid of them very easily.


5 posted on 06/14/2011 6:32:31 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Which version of FF are you running?


6 posted on 06/14/2011 6:32:31 PM PDT by doc1019 (Palin/West, unbeatable.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Those programs are really great. Buy them both.


7 posted on 06/14/2011 6:35:02 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marine Corps, your greatest friend or your worst enemy. YOU choose.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
...it is so blatantly annoying that I don't know what they think they are accomplishing.

Perhaps attempting to drive traffic to another browser?

8 posted on 06/14/2011 6:37:49 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

FF gave me such fits I finally switched to google chrome.
I know, i know i’m in league with soros, the chi-coms and the bilderburgers now ....

;o)


9 posted on 06/14/2011 6:38:31 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Sounds like you got hooked by some malware masquerading as Firefox or Windows. Firefox automatically updates within the program, it doesn’t use any Windows notifications.


10 posted on 06/14/2011 6:40:30 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: chickadee
I am using Microsoft Security Essentials.

This isn't a virus. It's an application. Security Essentials warned me that Firefox wanted to make an exception on the firewall, and I allowed it. It was my fault. I have never seen a browser application ask to breach the firewall. I should have known better. It will never happen again.

Restore points are fabulous.

11 posted on 06/14/2011 6:42:31 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: Liberty Valance
FF gave me such fits I finally switched to google chrome.

I had a lot of trouble with any version of FF higher than 3.15 running on Linux; video freeze-ups and at-random crashes, mainly. Turned out I had some bad RAM and the later (larger) versions of FF were accessing those addresses, where the earlier one wasn't. If Chrome irritates you enough (and I expect it will, the human engineering is terrible), try new RAM and FF4.

12 posted on 06/14/2011 6:48:24 PM PDT by Grut
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

What version of Firefox are you running. (To find out click “Help” then “About Mozilla Firefox”).

I’m running v. 3.6.17 but it wants me to download v. 4.0.1. I’m resisting because some of my useful add-ons are always disabled when I upgrade versions so probably will stay with what I have until they stop issuing security updates.


13 posted on 06/14/2011 6:56:29 PM PDT by CedarDave (Things are so bad at the NY Times they have to outsource their investigations.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Sounds like you got spoofed by something pretending to be FireFox. You should get and run an anti-virus program. Microsoft Security Essentials is not nearly enough.

Often, your ISP will provide one for you to download, like McAfee or Symantec. If not, a halfway decent free one can be had here:

http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-free-antivirus


14 posted on 06/14/2011 6:59:31 PM PDT by EasySt (2012... Sometimes you have to flush twice.)
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To: CedarDave
Firefox 4.01.

I am using Microsoft Security Essentials.

This isn't a virus. It's an application. Security Essentials warned me that Firefox wanted to make an exception on the firewall, and I allowed it. It was my fault. I have never seen a browser application ask to breach the firewall. I should have known better. It will never happen again.

15 posted on 06/14/2011 7:01:17 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: EasySt
You can't run two antivirus programs. They each see the other as a virus.

This isn't a virus. It's an application. Security Essentials warned me that Firefox wanted to make an exception on the firewall, and I allowed it. It was my fault. I have never seen a browser application ask to breach the firewall. I should have known better. It will never happen again.

16 posted on 06/14/2011 7:05:06 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Malwarebytes ROCKS! I just used it the other day to get that nasty bogus ‘MS Security Update 2012’ off my wife’s machine.


17 posted on 06/14/2011 7:07:46 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I could be mistaken, but on my machines, Microsoft Security Essentials provides a firewall and some mal-ware detection, but it is not a replacement for an antivirus program.

McAfee, Symantec, and AVG all run fine with Micrsoft Security Essentials.


18 posted on 06/14/2011 7:08:42 PM PDT by EasySt (2012... Sometimes you have to flush twice.)
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To: EasySt

I have used AVG and Avast. I like Avast a little better. I will try it. I am pretty sure you can’t do it. I got error messages when I tried.


19 posted on 06/14/2011 7:10:47 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’ve also recently updated a couple machines to FireFox 4.01.

Neither needed nor requested any firewall updates. Microsoft Security Essentials didn’t make a peep about it on either system. It seems to me that you were very likely installing an infected or corrupted copy, or that another virus was already on your system, just waiting for the chance to change your firewall settings...


20 posted on 06/14/2011 7:13:17 PM PDT by EasySt (2012... Sometimes you have to flush twice.)
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To: Hoodat

Yeah, I have to agree with you there. It gets rid of things that no other software can.


21 posted on 06/14/2011 7:14:20 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I can’t speak for Avast. AVG runs without complaint for me on a fully updated XP box, with Microsoft Security Essentials on it, as of last week.


22 posted on 06/14/2011 7:15:40 PM PDT by EasySt (2012... Sometimes you have to flush twice.)
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To: EasySt

I’ve had AVG and Avast. I’m far happier with Microsoft Security Essentials. Avast was good but the constant announcements of updates was annoying.


23 posted on 06/14/2011 7:20:02 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I have used AVG and Avast. I like Avast a little better

I agree. However, I had a little problem ( as have others ) with the Avast 6.0 update. If you are running Vista, in some cases, it causes Windows to say that your license is invalid and you have to go to the Microsoft site to validate it, but the validation process doesn't work. You can still use Windows, but you get an annoying popup every 15 minutes saying your license is invalid. So I uninstalled Avast and went back to AVG and everything is back to normal.

24 posted on 06/14/2011 7:21:08 PM PDT by TheCipher
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To: Jack Hydrazine
It gets rid of things that no other software can.

I gotta hand it to the maker of that virus because they knew it, too. So they designed part of the virus program to prevent Malwarebytes from running. I had to restart the machine in Safe Mode with the DOS prompt, navigate to the directory with the mbam.exe file, and run it from there. It worked like a charm.

25 posted on 06/14/2011 7:21:28 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: CedarDave

I tried FF 4 but I’m getting annoying page freezes. I have to move the mouse while I using the down button to scroll. I’ll probably go back to 3 something...


26 posted on 06/14/2011 7:26:02 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Hoodat

Yep - that bogus “Security Update” is EVIL.


27 posted on 06/14/2011 7:26:03 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Restore points are, indeed, fabulous, but I didn’t think they get rid of malware. Do they?

I’ve been hit twice lately, immediately restarted in Safe Mode, and ran appropriate scans to remove the nasty stuff. So far, so good.


28 posted on 06/14/2011 7:27:43 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Artemis Webb
Avast was good but the constant announcements of updates was annoying.

You can set those to silent, and no pop-up. Mine is silent, and I just set it on a small 2 second pop-up notice.

29 posted on 06/14/2011 7:27:50 PM PDT by ansel12 (Bachmann/Rollins/Romney=destruction for Bachmann, but it sure helps Romney. WHY?)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Run Malwarebytes in the Safe Mode, then download CCleaner and run it. Another of my favorites is MRU-Blaster.


30 posted on 06/14/2011 7:31:15 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: Artemis Webb
Avast was good but the constant announcements of updates was annoying.

That can be turned off/disabled in the preferences/options section.

I tried Avast 6, but they added their own sandbox. It conflicts with the program called Sandboxie. I hate that, as I like Sandboxie. I reinstalled Avast 5 -- I just hope they continue to support it.
31 posted on 06/14/2011 7:34:29 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Liberty Valance
"FF gave me such fits I finally switched to google chrome. I know, i know i’m in league with soros, the chi-coms and the bilderburgers now ...."

Same with me. I had used FF for about 10 years but in 2010 it started having too many problems. For instance it would not allow access to the comments posted on Mish Shedlock's site. I switched to chrome. Chrome won't allow you to right-click on a web-page to email a link, and right-clicking on an image does not immediately show the source URL, but other than those 2 things it's acceptable. FF seems not to have recovered to what it was before 2010.

32 posted on 06/14/2011 7:41:44 PM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Windows is a virus. Eliminate it!


33 posted on 06/14/2011 7:45:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Slim Browser, Slick!
34 posted on 06/14/2011 7:47:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Neanderthal

I am still with the 3.6 Firefox and am about ready to dump it.

FF has always been and continues to be a memory hog.

I also find that many of the newer flash and video websites will not play in FF but will play in Chrome.

I just hate to learn a bunch of new extensions/add-ons, and Chrome doesn’t have some that I use with FF.


35 posted on 06/14/2011 7:49:33 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Scan for Root Kit.

Free from Kaspersky

http://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208283363


36 posted on 06/14/2011 8:01:04 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Ronald Reagan was the last candidate to be hated by the MSM to the extent that Sarah is.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Thanks. Most virus software warn of this kind of event. I use Firefox, so I will be on guard.


37 posted on 06/14/2011 9:47:29 PM PDT by chickadee
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Maleware

Sounds like some lesbo program to me.

38 posted on 06/14/2011 9:50:04 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: EasySt
Microsoft Security Essentials provides a firewall and some mal-ware detection, but it is not a replacement for an antivirus program.

Say what? I've been hearing for some time now, that Microsoft Security Essentials is a full virus/malware protection tool.

I've been using it for months with no infections showing up.

39 posted on 06/14/2011 9:55:13 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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Bookmarking.


40 posted on 06/14/2011 9:55:31 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Just noticed that someone added some nasty keywords to your thread.


41 posted on 06/14/2011 9:56:22 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Look at the bright side, at least you weren’t ‘Rick Rolled’.


42 posted on 06/14/2011 9:56:28 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: Neanderthal
Chrome won't allow you to right-click on a web-page to email a link, and right-clicking on an image does not immediately show the source URL

Thanks for the heads up. That's a serious deal-breaker for me.

43 posted on 06/14/2011 9:59:43 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: EasySt

Yep, I always have two AV programs running. For the past couple of years they are Norton and Webroot Spy Sweeper with AV. Plus, I regularly use Webroot’s Window Washer. This antique keeps humming along just fine.


44 posted on 06/14/2011 10:03:59 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Windflier

Yup, you made me take a closer look. That must be the “Windows Defender” portion of the Microsoft Security Essentials. News to me. I wonder how long it’s been there... ;-)

It seems to be turned off on my home machines, since these get to use Symantec for free, courtesy of my ISP.

I won’t hazard a guess about how good Microsoft is at AV security.


45 posted on 06/14/2011 10:22:07 PM PDT by EasySt (2012... Sometimes you have to flush twice.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Thanks for posting this.


46 posted on 06/14/2011 11:36:42 PM PDT by Floratina
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To: Windflier
Did I write that??? (sounding like Urkel)
47 posted on 06/15/2011 7:13:41 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

bookmark


48 posted on 06/15/2011 7:16:09 AM PDT by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: Liberty Valance

I was just starting to use Chrome after being an early adopter of Firefox and loving it. However, the Google ads that ran recently about “It Gets Better” have made me find alternatives in lots of places.

I am not one to tell everyone to boycott this and protest that, so to each their own. However, that ad was so in my face as a decent, Jesus-loving Christian that I am actively modifying my behaviors in this case.


49 posted on 06/15/2011 7:25:03 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: EasySt

your reply
I could be mistaken, but on my machines, Microsoft Security Essentials provides a firewall and some mal-ware detection, but it is not a replacement for an antivirus program.

McAfee, Symantec, and AVG all run fine with Micrsoft Security Essentials.

Your mistaken MS security essentials is in fact a very good antivirus program and can not be run with another AV program.

The original poster however, in my opinion probably has a prexisting infection.


50 posted on 06/15/2011 9:47:42 AM PDT by waynesa98
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