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Is any one else getting a request to save a patch for firefox for Java script?

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I have attached a screen shot of the request to save and install this patch for java script. The patch says its a java script file from this web address (https://vohjamacintoshhowto.org). I didn't find anything about a patch from Firefox so I just want to make sure this is a legitimate patch before I did anything with it. If anyone else has installed this patch or knows whether or not it is a legitimate patch I would love to know. Thanks for everyone's time and help.

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It sounds like you are getting a random named website claiming to have a urgent update. This is not from Mozilla or the Firefox web browser. The fake firefox-patch.exe and firefox-patch.js files can install things like trojans, viruses, or unwanted software on Windows based on past reports if the user runs them.

The updates are done internally in Firefox (with a .mar type of file) whether on Windows, Mac OSX or Linux or by download from mozilla.org like say www.mozilla.org/firefox/all/

You could try using a adblocker extension like uBlock Origin to block theses fake ads if you keep getting them. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/


fireboy1a said

Is any one else getting a request to save a patch for firefox for Java script?

Unfortunately this has gone on for over a month now with one or two new sites reported almost everyday. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/forums/contributors/712056/ and https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/forums/contributors/712075

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. Whenever you get a message / popup that software / files need to be updated;

DO NOT USE ANY OF THE PROVIDED LINKS

While this may be a legitimate message, it could also be Malware or a Virus. Any time you want or need to check for upgrades, go to the website of the True Owner of the program in question. For example, to check out Firefox, go to https://www.mozilla.org {web link}

You can report such a site at; Google Report Phishing Page {web link} which is the same when done while on site by going to Help > Report Web Forgery

Help us safeguard Mozilla’s trademarks by reporting misuse {web link}


Make sure your Java (Not JavaScript) is up to date Verify Java and Find Out-of-Date Versions {web link}

Version 8 Update 101 Release date July 2016 http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

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It sounds like you are getting a random named website claiming to have a urgent update. This is not from Mozilla or the Firefox web browser. The fake firefox-patch.exe and firefox-patch.js files can install things like trojans, viruses, or unwanted software on Windows based on past reports if the user runs them.

The updates are done internally in Firefox (with a .mar type of file) whether on Windows, Mac OSX or Linux or by download from mozilla.org like say www.mozilla.org/firefox/all/

You could try using a adblocker extension like uBlock Origin to block theses fake ads if you keep getting them. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/


fireboy1a said

Is any one else getting a request to save a patch for firefox for Java script?

Unfortunately this has gone on for over a month now with one or two new sites reported almost everyday. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/forums/contributors/712056/ and https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/forums/contributors/712075

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Please note checking java is up to date is not a suggestion that you need to install Java. Most users will not need Java. Do not confuse with javascript. Java Script is something that will be active by default in Firefox and used on nearly all web pages.

fireboy1a I do not see java listed in your plugins. There is no need to install it.

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FredMcD said

Make sure your Java (Not JavaScript) is up to date Verify Java and Find Out-of-Date Versions {web link} Version 8 Update 101 Release date July 2016 http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

The fake firefox-patch.js file has nothing to do with the Java Plugin or the JavaScript in Firefox though.

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James said

The fake firefox-patch.js file has nothing to do with the Java Plugin or the JavaScript in Firefox though.

fireboy1a said

request to save and install this patch for java script.
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Just in case you didn't get this message from the above:

Do not download or run that file, it is a malware installer.

If you downloaded it (but didn't run it), please delete the download very carefully as follows:

When you are using the downloads panel (the one attached to the toolbar button), be careful not to click anything as that may run it. Instead, right-click it and choose Open Containing Folder. That will launch a file window with the unwanted download highlighted, and then you can press the Delete key to send it to the Windows Recycle Bin.

If the download has already disappeared from the panel, the same mouse action works in the full download list (Ctrl+j or "Show All Downloads").

If you already ran it, please delete the download and also use the free cleaning tools in our support article: Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware.

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FredMcD said

James said
The fake firefox-patch.js file has nothing to do with the Java Plugin or the JavaScript in Firefox though.

fireboy1a said

request to save and install this patch for java script.

This is same as that firefox-patch.exe scam that was going on and then they changed to a firefox-patch.js file since July 11.

The Java Plugin and JavaScript in Firefox are separate things as JavaScript was originally going to be called LiveScript. If it was kept as LiveScript name you probably would not have confused the two and not suggested the OP to install the Java plugin.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/JavaScript_is_not_Java