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.
Just noticed that someone added some nasty keywords to your thread.
Look at the bright side, at least you weren’t ‘Rick Rolled’.
Thanks for the heads up. That's a serious deal-breaker for me.
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.
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.
Thanks for posting this.
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.
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.
Yes, you did, and it was too good to pass up ;-)
“You can’t run two antivirus programs. They each see the other as a virus.”
I don’t think so. I’ve been running Avast Free and Malwarebytes (paid) for a long time... on multiple machines.
Malwarebytes isn’t an antivirus program.