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Firefox "Urgent" Hoax


If you use Firefox and you get a webpage that URGENTLY tells you to download it, DON'T DO IT!.  It's malware.

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more info?

This "hoax" seems to be lacking some information.

Firefox is browser that needs regular updates, so if Firefox suggests an update, it should be done.

Most people don't download web sites, either. More likely they download a file of some sort. Email attachments and downloaded files can have malware embedded in them.

So,

- what webpage, what did it look like?
- how will someone know this is a fake site when they reach it?
- what was the come on? what were you asked to do?

 
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Bogus Firefox page

I tried to take a screenshot, but didn't succeed. Then I unfortunately deleted the page.
It was bright red, full screen, with Firefox images and used the word "URGENT".
The giveaway was that the sender's address wasn't a legitimate Firefox address I think it was something like "pckeeper".

It asked me to immediately download from the included link.

Whatever, I am convinced it was bogus.

I got it twice, but failed to act.

If it comes back, I'll notify you.

 
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Out to get us

Makes more sense now.

Watch what ye click on! is a good rule of internet safety - on websites and in emails. Some spoofing is quite realistic.

I find that when I'm in doubt, rather than click on the thing, I do research about it - in another browser window, typing in any details I find. Sometime looking at the source code (a browser trick) or the expanded email header info will give clues. Rolling over but not clicking a link sometimes shows if it has additional suspect information.

 
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It's Like Surfing on Lava

I got a virus last week. The Internet isn't safe for anyone.

 
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Here it is!

And here’s the link: 

ungojantagonist.net/9311201784808/c7ed2df...

This doesn’t look right to me.


Comments?

 
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More info

I was watching "Weather Underground" and this popped up all of a sudden.

 
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nice

You probably clicked on an unknown link at the weather page to reach this.

Mozilla, makers of Firefox, says Firefox updates internally through the browser itself with a .mar file, and there is no such thing as a Firefox update to install.

This scammer seems to be trying to get you to install javascript (.js) to then do something to your machine. Others try to get Windows users to install .exe files.

Always go to the Firefox web site to check for updates. Report this scam to Firefox/Mozilla and to the weather page, too, if you want.

The screen grab helps! If anyone else sees this type of page, ignore it and back away!

(ps. I edited your url a bit here so it won't be an active link and we don't lead others to infection)

 

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