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malware installed after 42.0 update

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I had a big night writing lab reports last night (so much fun). However during that time Firefox updated to 42.0. When I turned on my computer this morning I was receiving an error message "from Microsoft Internet Explorer" which was very obviously malware. It came up with an error code of PORNDROID9007QD1 and would persistently make a high pitched beeping noise. It gave two options: "Leave page" and "stay on page" (no browser was open).

I did not do any questionable browsing or downloading. I have virus protection installed, and I'm also very security conscious having been on the internet for most of my life and know dodgy content when I see it. I don't download music, movies, or programs.

I can only find one other person with this issue online ( and they only got this issue the other day as well. From reading there it appears to be a javascript bug originating in Chrome, but I don't use Chrome. Yes, I have a Chromium browser installed (Maelstrom) but have not used it in months.

I'm thinking this might be a new threat that just hasn't been identified yet, but the only thing that changed on my computer last night was Firefox updating.

Has anyone else had this issue?

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I should also mention that I uninstalled Maelstrom (Chromium), Firefox, and the Java update and restarted my computer. Upon restart the pop-up did not re-appear, and I'm running a full system scan at the moment.