What is the source of "Earn stars. Get a gift. Check it out."?
What is the source of the notification I've seen several times lately that says "Earn stars. Get a gift. Check it out."?
Has anyone else seen this, whether you know the source of it or not?
I'm told by BW on the @Firefox that Mozilla would never send such a notice, but I don't believe him.
I think it's part of the "Browse Free Or Die" promotion that's run multiple times, which I've seen today and several times recently.
BW of @Firefox on Twitter says the Browse Free Or Die" promotion has ended, but I've seen the promo for it today, as well as recently.
The Browse Free Or Die promo is mentioned at http://www.ghacks.net/2016/10/17/mozillas-browse-free-or-die-problematic/ and at https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1310479
BW of @Firefox said the notification does not come from Mozilla and must thus come from malware, and suggests a long and tedious process of hunting for and removing malware. I think they' are completely off base.
I can't find much of the text one sees in the Browse Free Or Die promo by googling, so I'm going to include the text here so others can find it..
Have you used Firefox in the last 30 days? Answering these two questions will help us customize your experience. Welcome to Freedom. You chose Firefox, built by non-profit Mozilla. Smart move. Lets get you started. First star unlocked! Unlock all 4 for a free gift. Fight back against Trackers! Some sites collect your data. You should have a say in that. Browse privately. Second star unlocked. Just like that, you're halfway there. Don't settle when searching. Enjoy the most search options. Instantly. Try it now. Third star unlocked. Last one. Continue. Roam Free. Put the fox in your pocket. Get it on your phone now. Claim your gift now. Congratulations. You're now browsing freely. We thought you might like a sticker to go with it. Send me a sticker!
Additional System Details
- Wacom Dynamic Link Library
- Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 15.23.20053
- Creative Cloud Desktop Plugin.v_3_0_0_0
- Version 18.104.22.168
- Google Update
- NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
- Next Generation Java Plug-in 11.111.2 for Mozilla browsers
- NVIDIA 3D Vision Streaming plugin for Mozilla browsers
- NVIDIA 3D Vision plugin for Mozilla browsers
- The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
- Shockwave Flash 24.0 d0
- Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 22.214.171.124
- VLC media player Web Plugin
- Plugin for Wacom tablets.
- User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64; rv:50.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/50.0
I can confirm that this is a legitimate promotion, designed to give you a tour of Firefox and get a sticker for your machine (if you want).