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Post Posted November 7th, 2017, 12:39 pm

New with either 55 or 56 (I'm on 56.0.2) is pages suddenly switching to either a fake FF page for a "new download" or a fake Windows 10 repair site wanting me to execute something. FF used to never allow this, now it does.

What changed and how can it be fixed?

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Post Posted November 7th, 2017, 12:47 pm

The ad server networks have been vulnerable to fake "Emergency Update!" screens for a year now. An ad blocker, such as uBlock Origin, should block most of those.

LoveMyFoxy

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Post Posted November 8th, 2017, 2:19 am

I wouldn't trust any news I found on Yahoo anyway. Try a reputable news site, like PBS.org or NYTimes.com
Desktop--Win 7 Ult. 64-bit, 6GB RAM /FF 52ESR 64/ Thunderbird 52 / MS Sec. Essent./ Windows firewall / Verizon FIOS

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Post Posted November 8th, 2017, 6:31 am

It's possible you have malware installed which is redirecting you to compromised sites. Download Malwarebytes (free trial version) and run a full scan. When the trial finishes in a couple of weeks time it'll continue working free of charge albeit without additional ransomware protection: https://www.malwarebytes.com/support/releasehistory/

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Post Posted November 8th, 2017, 10:43 am

BitDefender has a free anti-ransomware that runs in the background.
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Post Posted November 9th, 2017, 12:23 am

Yahoo pages have been a common place for Ads that leads to the Fake urgent Firefox update page (for some Firefox users on Windows) since mid last year. They are disposable sites so it iis not so easy to just shut them down. The same scammers are doing a similar fake update page for Google Chrome users also (on Windows). https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/i- ... fox-update

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