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Is there a security risk with Firefox? How to protect from someone going into my system and coding all my files and then demanding money to uncode?

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Is there a security risk with Firefox? How to protect from someone going into my system and coding all my files and then demanding money to uncode?

Is there a security risk with Firefox? How to protect from someone going into my system and coding all my files and then demanding money to uncode?

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Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 23.0 r0

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; rv:58.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/58.0

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FredMcD
  • Top 10 Contributor
4224 solutions 58957 answers

Separate Security Issue: Update your Flash Player Note: Windows users should download the ActiveX for Internet Explorer. and the plugin for Plugin-based browsers (like Firefox).

Note: Windows 8 and Windows 10 have built-in flash players and Adobe will cause a conflict. Install the plugin only. Not the ActiveX.

Flash Player Version: Version 28.0.0.137

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Direct link scans current system and browser Note: Other software is offered in the download. <Windows Only>

https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/ Step 1: Select Operating System Step 2: Select A Version (Firefox, Win IE . . . .) Note: Other software is offered in the download. <Windows Only> +++++++++++++++++++ See if there are updates for your graphics drivers https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/upgrade-graphics-drivers-use-hardware-acceleration

Separate Security Issue: Update your Flash Player '''Note: Windows users''' should download the '''ActiveX''' for ''Internet Explorer.'' '''and''' the '''plugin''' for ''Plugin-based browsers'' (like Firefox). '''Note: Windows 8 and Windows 10''' have built-in flash players and Adobe will cause a conflict. Install the plugin only. Not the ActiveX. Flash Player Version: '''Version 28.0.0.137 ''' https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ Direct link scans current system and browser '''Note: Other software''' is offered in the download. <Windows Only> https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/ Step 1: Select Operating System Step 2: Select A Version (Firefox, Win IE . . . .) '''Note: Other software''' is offered in the download. <Windows Only> +++++++++++++++++++ See if there are updates for your graphics drivers https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/upgrade-graphics-drivers-use-hardware-acceleration
FredMcD
  • Top 10 Contributor
4224 solutions 58957 answers

All computers run the risk of bad programs doing something to their systems. What each computer should have are anti-virus programs providing the first line of defense.

Such programs should always be updated frequently. One should also now and then run manual scans.

Another line of defense is malware scanners. Some anti-virus programs may not be able to stop malware.

These also must be kept up to date and also run manual scans.

Further information can be found in this article; https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-caused-malware?cache=no

Run most or all of the listed malware scanners. Each works differently. If one program misses something, another may pick it up.

All computers run the risk of bad programs doing something to their systems. What each computer should have are anti-virus programs providing the first line of defense. Such programs should always be updated frequently. One should also now and then run manual scans. Another line of defense is malware scanners. Some anti-virus programs may not be able to stop malware. These also must be kept up to date and also run manual scans. Further information can be found in this article; https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-caused-malware?cache=no Run most or all of the listed malware scanners. Each works differently. If one program misses something, another may pick it up.