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new nuisance "Urgent fix" malware

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For several weeks now while visiting Publishers Clearing House web pages, I have on a daily basis been subjected to the "Urgent Firefox Fix" orange screen. (Clearing House webpages include www.pch.com ; www.games.pch.com ; and many others; but those two are the ones I visit daily. -- Hey! It's free money and a mere 1 in 1.7 billion chance of winning.) Usually I just close the page and continue on without incident. Just now I have gotten a new greater nuisance; an urgent windows trojan fix that requires me to provide a username and password and the little page will not "cancel" or "close" and thus has hijacked the firefox. I have had to do my usual; and reboot. Next time it happens I'll try and save some more url details; but this is a first heads up.

For several weeks now while visiting Publishers Clearing House web pages, I have on a daily basis been subjected to the "Urgent Firefox Fix" orange screen. (Clearing House webpages include www.pch.com ; www.games.pch.com ; and many others; but those two are the ones I visit daily. -- Hey! It's free money and a mere 1 in 1.7 billion chance of winning.) Usually I just close the page and continue on without incident. Just now I have gotten a new greater nuisance; an urgent windows trojan fix that requires me to provide a username and password and the little page will not "cancel" or "close" and thus has hijacked the firefox. I have had to do my usual; and reboot. Next time it happens I'll try and save some more url details; but this is a first heads up.

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It sounds like you got a random weird name website claiming to have a urgent Firefox update and serving a fake firefox-patch.js file.

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. Mozilla has no need to host Firefox downloads or updates elsewhere, especially not at random weird name websites.

The way Firefox updates are done has not changed as 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/

Unfortunately this has gone on for a few months 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