Skip to comments.Nasty Firefox malware warning
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.
Yeah, I have to agree with you there. It gets rid of things that no other software can.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Yep - that bogus “Security Update” is EVIL.
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.
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.
Run Malwarebytes in the Safe Mode, then download CCleaner and run it. Another of my favorites is MRU-Blaster.
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.
Windows is a virus. Eliminate it!
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.
Scan for Root Kit.
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Thanks. Most virus software warn of this kind of event. I use Firefox, so I will be on guard.
Sounds like some lesbo program to me.
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.