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ruggb
 
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Post Posted April 14th, 2018, 6:36 am

I am trying to determine the trigger that presents this fake update screen.
I have experienced a few of them. The last one was blue and locked FF up so I had to shut it down and restart.
When I backtrack and redo my browsing I can't retrigger it.

Does anyone know how this just seems to randomly appear?
I think the only commonality is that it a appears on sites that have all those sensational junk links at the bottom.

The site itself I consider litigate - usually a "news" site.
Just trying to understand this mechanism.

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Post Posted April 14th, 2018, 12:59 pm

A recent example of the fake "Firefox requires a manual update" page with a blue background is mentioned at https://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-big-searches/

This fake update page hosted on various sites is why there are a long list of extensions that have been blocked, usually with FF in name at addons.mozilla.org/blocked/ as some bug reports on it have a long list.

This may likely be due to some bad Ads as that was the general agreement for this Urgent Firefox Update version that occurred back in second half of 2016 and early 2017.
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/i-found-fake-firefox-update

ruggb
 
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Post Posted April 14th, 2018, 3:50 pm

It has to be an ad since I did not click on anything, it just appeared. They apparently are also configured not to try to run more than once per IP address. That makes it difficult to determine which ad it is.

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Post Posted April 15th, 2018, 3:13 am

to read:
viewtopic.php?p=14798261#p14798261

it can happen on valid sites or on malicious sites - a hacked or fake ad server.
best method against is a decent blocker like ublock (i dont have experience with adblock plus, or noscript - which i dont like, crappy)

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Post Posted April 17th, 2018, 5:16 pm

Please don't take this the wrong way but I'm curious...

If you don't have experience with noscript and you don't like it, why do you still post here? (Actually, I've found some of your responses to be quite helpful (to me, anyways).

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Post Posted April 18th, 2018, 6:33 am

and how much helps your comment out now?

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Post Posted April 18th, 2018, 6:50 am

Stop. Otherwise your posts will go to Locked.
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