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Why are you not notifying the us of the fake Firefox update that is being sent to all of us, which is a virus?

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The danger of opening this "update" has been commented on already. What I am asking is why Mozilla is not taking some action to stop this, or at least notifying users of the danger?

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Firefox uses a list of sites from the SafeBrowsing project to determine whether a site is distributing malware and block them. Unfortunately, new sites can spring up quickly, so this mechanism will never be perfect.

Supplementing this protection seems as though it would be difficult. Words like "Firefox" and "update" may appear on good sites as well as bad, so then what should happen?

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HI grinninggrouse,

Can you please report the url to this page as well as provide a screenshot of what this notification looks like, thank you,

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guigs every so often some Firefox users (mainly targets Windows users and not Mac or Linux since they cannot run .exe) can encounter a popup claiming there is a Firefox security update. This is a scam that comes around every so often for a period in targeting inexperience Windows users in trying to trick them into installing a fake Firefox uppdate with file names of say firefox_update.exe or firefox_patch.exe. These fake .exe's can install trojans, viruses, unwanted software or such.

Similar fake security updates for Plugins like Flash Player and Java for example can occur, however I have seen these target not just Windows users but also Mac, and Linux users even though it is a .exe being served.

grinninggrouse How should Mozilla get such information out to Firefox users?. This is not a issue for Mac and Linux users since they do not use .exe. It is not as if you need to create an account or give out a valid email in order to download Firefox from mozilla.org or www.mozilla.org/firefox/all/

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الحل المُختار

Firefox uses a list of sites from the SafeBrowsing project to determine whether a site is distributing malware and block them. Unfortunately, new sites can spring up quickly, so this mechanism will never be perfect.

Supplementing this protection seems as though it would be difficult. Words like "Firefox" and "update" may appear on good sites as well as bad, so then what should happen?

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Thank you for your prompt response. I will certainly take a screenshot and copy the URL the next time it appears. As to notifying Firefox users, I had just assumed that Mozilla maintained a database of everyone downloading Firefox. Guess not. Hopefully you will at least get a good laugh from that :-)

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grinninggrouse said

As to notifying Firefox users, I had just assumed that Mozilla maintained a database of everyone downloading Firefox. Guess not. Hopefully you will at least get a good laugh from that :-)

Well Mozilla does keep track of the stats on Firefox download numbers on verionss, OS, language and the like. It is not as if the Internet has evolved where everybody has a unique id so you can then send out a alert to all Windows users who download Firefox.

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grinninggrouse said

... As to notifying Firefox users, I had just assumed that Mozilla maintained a database of everyone downloading Firefox. ...

That would be a violation of users privacy.

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Attached is a screenshot, greatly reduced to fit, of the latest receipt of the Update Scam. Their URL is:

https://aiyainuomi.net/5411748421177/4adce96a7123e9b042a6d111b38645ee.html

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Been getting these fake Firefox update pages for several weeks. I have antivirus software installed but nothing has been found on scans.

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That is not caused by Malware, but rather is distributed by advertising networks. Been going on for over 3 months now, and also targeted at Chrome users.