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Pop-up "from FireFox" advising to disable web of Trust

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On 25Jan2017 I received a pop-up "from Firefox" advising to disable Web of Trust because it may cause instability. This occured almost immediately after updating my Sept 2010 iMac's "Sierra" OS to version 10.12.3. Is this an authentic message from Mozzilla or the Firefox browser, or some form of malware? I keep Firefox current [now 50.1.0], but have not yet installed 51.0 update yet [generally wait a week or so in case problems are reported]. Any advice? Thanks for your help.

On 25Jan2017 I received a pop-up "from Firefox" advising to disable Web of Trust because it may cause instability. This occured almost immediately after updating my Sept 2010 iMac's "Sierra" OS to version 10.12.3. Is this an authentic message from Mozzilla or the Firefox browser, or some form of malware? I keep Firefox current [now 50.1.0], but have not yet installed 51.0 update yet [generally wait a week or so in case problems are reported]. Any advice? Thanks for your help.

Chosen solution

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/blocked/

As of January 24, 2017 - Web of Trust 20170120 and lower was blocked in Firefox, due to "stability or security issues". And that is with all versions of Firefox. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-ons-cause-issues-are-on-blocklist

The block request bug report reveals that WOT is accused of being "spyware" and selling private data to 3rd parties. http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/web-of-trust-browser-add-on-spioniert-angeblich-nutzer-aus-a-1119236.html

Google English translation of that Heise Online article


The TOS / Privacy Policy on the WOT website contained accurate information about those actions per EU rules, but they never updated their Privacy Policy in the Mozilla Add-ons website. Clear violation of Mozilla Add-ons website rules, so that extension was removed from the add-ons website.

Given 2 1/2 months had expired with no action from WOT to correct the errors / omissions, Mozilla decided to block that extension and disable it. User are free to re-enable WOT, but if WOT doesn't get their act together their extension could be hard blocked so that it couldn't even be enabled ny the user.

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Application

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  • Pocket 1.0.5 (firefox@getpocket.com)
  • Web Compat 1.0 (webcompat@mozilla.org)
  • WOT 20151208 ({a0d7ccb3-214d-498b-b4aa-0e8fda9a7bf7}) (Inactive)

Javascript

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Graphics

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Misc

  • User JS: No
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FredMcD
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Note: Some versions of WOT is reported as SpyWare.

Note: Some versions of WOT is reported as SpyWare.
the-edmeister
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Chosen Solution

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/blocked/

As of January 24, 2017 - Web of Trust 20170120 and lower was blocked in Firefox, due to "stability or security issues". And that is with all versions of Firefox. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-ons-cause-issues-are-on-blocklist

The block request bug report reveals that WOT is accused of being "spyware" and selling private data to 3rd parties. http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/web-of-trust-browser-add-on-spioniert-angeblich-nutzer-aus-a-1119236.html

Google English translation of that Heise Online article


The TOS / Privacy Policy on the WOT website contained accurate information about those actions per EU rules, but they never updated their Privacy Policy in the Mozilla Add-ons website. Clear violation of Mozilla Add-ons website rules, so that extension was removed from the add-ons website.

Given 2 1/2 months had expired with no action from WOT to correct the errors / omissions, Mozilla decided to block that extension and disable it. User are free to re-enable WOT, but if WOT doesn't get their act together their extension could be hard blocked so that it couldn't even be enabled ny the user.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/blocked/ As of January 24, 2017 - '''Web of Trust 20170120 and lower''' was blocked in Firefox, due to "stability or security issues". And that is with all versions of Firefox. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-ons-cause-issues-are-on-blocklist The block request bug report reveals that WOT is accused of being "spyware" and selling private data to 3rd parties. http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/web-of-trust-browser-add-on-spioniert-angeblich-nutzer-aus-a-1119236.html [https://translate.google.de/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fheise.de%2F-3453820&edit-text=&act=url Google English translation of that Heise Online article] -------------------- The TOS / Privacy Policy on the WOT website contained accurate information about those actions per EU rules, but they never updated their Privacy Policy in the Mozilla Add-ons website. Clear violation of Mozilla Add-ons website rules, so that extension was removed from the add-ons website. Given 2 1/2 months had expired with no action from WOT to correct the errors / omissions, Mozilla decided to block that extension and disable it. User are free to re-enable WOT, but if WOT doesn't get their act together their extension could be hard blocked so that it couldn't even be enabled ny the user.
Boudica 10 solutions 125 answers

Helpful Reply

Web of Trust just "installed itself", after prompting "yes" or "no". I selected NO, and it still installed. HOW CAN I GET RID OF IT????

PLEASE HELP!!!

Web of Trust just "installed itself", after prompting "yes" or "no". I selected NO, and it still installed. HOW CAN I GET RID OF IT???? PLEASE HELP!!!

Modified by Boudica

FredMcD
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Type about:addons<enter> in the address bar to open your Add-ons Manager. Hot key; <Control> (Mac=<Command>) <Shift> A)

In the Add-ons Manager, on the left, select Extensions. Locate the add-on, then remove or disable it.

Type '''about:addons'''<enter> in the address bar to open your Add-ons Manager. Hot key; '''<Control> ''(Mac=<Command>)'' <Shift> A) ''' In the Add-ons Manager, on the left, select '''Extensions. ''' Locate the add-on, then '''remove''' or '''disable''' it.