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While on HP, Redirected to a fake page for a "Firefox Update"

  1. FatFreddysCat profile image93
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 months ago

    While browsing HubPages the past few days, I have been re-directed several times to an official looking page asking me to download an "Urgent Firefox Update."

    https://eudorbollywoodkhabri.net/718116 … a7f2b.html

    It has only happened to me while on HP, and since the address of the "Firefox" update page has the word "Bollywood" in it, I am quite sure that it is not legitimate.

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 5 months ago in reply to this

      You are infected. Please proceed to the airlock.

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image93
        FatFreddysCatposted 5 months ago in reply to this

        (opens door, casts self out into space)

        ...but seriously, I've run all the usual virus/malware scans on my PC and it comes up clean. Plus, this site is the only place where I get that redirect.There must be a 'rogue' ad floating around.

        1. Kryssy OSullivan profile image85
          Kryssy OSullivanposted 5 months ago in reply to this

          Maybe it could just be my end, too, who knows... But there are a few places I've gone to on here where it tries to redirect me but my computer stops it,  then saying that the page cannot be displayed, as it won't let me on it. I haven't had a problem on any other sites, either. After a few times, I'm just sticking to avoiding this site for a bit, other than necessities.

          So... You're not alone. smile

    2. RonElFran profile image97
      RonElFranposted 5 months ago in reply to this

      I've been getting these screens on other sites, but never on HP. Like you, I've run virus scan and no issues were found. Anyway, wherever this thing comes from, it's not particular to HP.

  2. Country-Sunshine profile image87
    Country-Sunshineposted 5 months ago

    I've been getting them a lot lately as well.  My virus scans never showed.  Yesterday, I ran a full scan with my free version of Super Anti Spyware (instead of the quick scan), and it finally found the problem.  You might want to download this software to see if it works for you.  Website: put a dot com after the name

  3. SimeyC profile image89
    SimeyCposted 5 months ago

    This sounds like a Browser Hijacker - do you experience the same problems on IE or any other browser?

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image93
      FatFreddysCatposted 5 months ago in reply to this

      Yikes! It that's the case, that would suck. I have other browsers on my PC but don't use them much cuz I'm most comfortable w/Firefox.

      If I un-install Firefox completely, then use another browser to go to Mozilla and download/re-install the  latest Firefox version, do you think that would get rid of the lil' nasty?

      1. Country-Sunshine profile image87
        Country-Sunshineposted 5 months ago in reply to this

        Probably not, because it is a Trojan virus that gets into your registry & other files.  Try using SuperAntiSpyware.com or another program that will rid your system of the virus

        1. FatFreddysCat profile image93
          FatFreddysCatposted 5 months ago in reply to this

          Well, that bites. Pfffft.

          Thanks for the tip...

      2. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image96
        Wesman Todd Shawposted 5 months ago in reply to this

        Dude, use Comodo Ice Dragon. Comodo Ice Dragon is based on Firefox, but has Comodo security tweaks and other tweaks making it a faster browser, as fast as Chrome.

        Did I mention security? Yeah, Comodo is more secure. It's what they do. It's the browser I use and don't have problems with, anyway.

        https://www.comodo.com/home/browsers-to … rowser.php

        1. FatFreddysCat profile image93
          FatFreddysCatposted 5 months ago in reply to this

          Never heard of this browser. Thanks for the tip, I will look into it.

        2. Country-Sunshine profile image87
          Country-Sunshineposted 5 months ago in reply to this

          Downloading Comodo now.  Hopefully it will be faster & more secure than Firefox.  Thanks for the tip!

  4. RonElFran profile image97
    RonElFranposted 5 months ago

    I've had this bogus screen at least three times, all on different web sites (none of them HP). Taking Country-Sunshine's suggestion, I ran SuperAntiSpyware. It found and eliminated (I hope) a known browser hijacker malware called Delta Toolbar. However, I could find no mention of Delta Toolbar in connection to this "urgent" Firefox update. I did see some commentary that this is probably ad-driven. It seems likely that some infected ad is being served up on various websites.

    I don't know if the disabling of Delta Toolbar took care of the problem - there's no way to be sure that won't recur. Since my AVG scan revealed no malware, I would think it's not a virus.

    BTW, SuperAntiSpyware seems pretty slow. It's been scanning for over 4 hours now, and is still going.

    1. ChristinS profile image92
      ChristinSposted 5 months ago in reply to this

      SuperAntiSpyware is awesome though, it finds things that anti-virus software and other programs don't detect.  I'd let it do its thing even if it takes awhile.

    2. Country-Sunshine profile image87
      Country-Sunshineposted 5 months ago in reply to this

      I don't recall it taking that long, but perhaps that is because I run it fairly often.  A quick scan of my computer takes about 10 minutes, and the complete one about 45 minutes

  5. FatFreddysCat profile image93
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 months ago

    Sounds like the kind of program you start running right before you go to bed at night, and hope it's done by morning.

  6. RonElFran profile image97
    RonElFranposted 5 months ago

    I shared before that I ran SuperAntiSpyware and it found and eliminated a browser hijacker called Delta Toolbar. Unfortunately, that did not eliminate the problem. I just got the urgent Firefox upgrade screen again.

    Since neither AVG nor SuperAntiSpyware found malware on my computer, I think the hypothesis that this thing is conveyed by some infected ad that is served up to various sites makes sense.

  7. FatFreddysCat profile image93
    FatFreddysCatposted 5 months ago

    Were you on HP or on a different site when you got it?

    Cuz last night I was on the computer for several hours, visiting a couple of different sites, and I never saw the "Firefox Update" thingy ... until I logged onto HP and started looking @ the Q&A section and forums... after only a few minutes, BANG! there it was.

    Side note, I'm curious why nobody from the Powers That Be has chimed in on this thread yet. I was under the impression that this was the proper forum to alert them to such things.

    1. RonElFran profile image97
      RonElFranposted 5 months ago in reply to this

      FatFreddysCat, I have yet to get that screen on HP. As far as I have noticed, all the sites where it appeared were different. That's why I don't think it's site-specific.

  8. SimeyC profile image89
    SimeyCposted 5 months ago

    People on reddit are complaining of the same thing. If you search for the 'name' of the site you are directed to, you get a lot of chatter about it - there are some suggestions on how to fix - but I haven't investigated and not sure how much I trust these sites.

    If this is not resolved I'll research later in the week. Still suspect it's some form of browser hijacker...or a trojan that is hard to get rid of...

  9. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 5 months ago

    Does it come with a bitcoin miner? Try control plus alt plus delete to see if your processor is running at 99 percent.

  10. Millionaire Tips profile image89
    Millionaire Tipsposted 5 months ago

    This just happened to me too, except I didn't have Bollywood in the name.

 
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