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  1. #1

    mig.gentry's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 12, 2004
    London, UK
    Has my firefox got spyware?
    Ok so today i was browsing the net with firefox and i got a pop-up asking me to download and run WINFIXER because my system may have errors and the registry may be corrupt? i click cancel and it goes to a winfixer website which i can't exit without agreeing to download, i had to force quit firefox to escape

    WTF??? I haven't downloaded any malicious looking software and have not allowed anything to install itself on my comp.

    Do i have spyware? or is this a firefox bug.

    It seems to have stopped now but why/how did this happen? What rgistry was it even going to try and check??

    Anyone else had the same?


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    macmini3399's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 25, 2005
    Nova Scotia
    Intel Core solo Mac mini 1.5GHz, Headless Powerbook G4 500MHz
    It was going to try and check the windows registry, But i presume you were on os x.
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    My wife's switching.... she just doesn't know it yet

  3. #3

    jram's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 08, 2005
    There has been a problem with winfixer and firefox, as you know it is spyware but it's not spyware when using FF as with IE, but can be a pain. If you shutdown FF and open it again and get that popup go to your FF prefs.js and delete the addition of winfixer.. I'm at work on my pc and don't know the location on the Mac.
    I got a Mac to get rid this garbage, now in the last week the roof is falling in. :p

  4. #4

    macAttack's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 23, 2005
    Cape Cod, MA
    its a pop up, so its not real, haven't you seen the advertisements that say, "You've got mail!!!!1111!!!!!!!" duh, you don't. it just wants you to download something that will probably install spyware on a PC.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Jan 09, 2006
    Bingo macAttack. It's just a popup from a crap website. There's nothing wrong with your PC. As you'll see, it got the desired effect, you clicked on one of the pretend buttons (you should just close the window, and if you can't force quite) and it took you to a site that "forced" the download of an EXE, which won't affect your machine anyway. Still crap though

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    Aptmunich's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 09, 2004
    Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2
    Yeah and these guys just make anything you click (no, cancel, ok) go to their website and automatically start a download.

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