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Why does firefox keeps downloading things in the background?

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My internet speed isn't great, and this browser keeps downloading stuff EVEN WHEN I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL TABS OPEN or they're idle.

I have "never install for updates" enabled and I'm very close to uninstalling this browser for good. Let me know why I should stay.

My internet speed isn't great, and this browser keeps downloading stuff EVEN WHEN I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL TABS OPEN or they're idle. I have "never install for updates" enabled and I'm very close to uninstalling this browser for good. Let me know why I should stay.

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Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 29.0 r0

Application

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

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Shadow110 1072 solutions 14836 answers

Hi, by not installing updates you miss on fixes and improvements and security as per : https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/releases/

Please check your system for malware : You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software:

Microsoft Security Essentials is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista if you don't already have one. Windows 8/10 have antivirus protection built-in.

Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

Hi, by not installing updates you miss on fixes and improvements and security as per : https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/releases/ Please check your system for malware : You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software: * [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/products/scanner Microsoft Safety Scanner] * [http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware] * [http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/disinfection/5350 Anti-Rootkit Utility - TDSSKiller] (for more info, see this [https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/tdsskiller/ alternate TDSSKiller download page]) * [https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/ AdwCleaner] (for more info, see this [http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/ alternate AdwCleaner download page]) * [http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro/ Hitman Pro] * [http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/ ESET Online Scanner] [https://support.microsoft.com/help/14210/security-essentials-download Microsoft Security Essentials] is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista if you don't already have one. Windows 8/10 have antivirus protection [https://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-defender built-in]. Further information can be found in the [[Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware]] article. Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!
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See also: *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Firefox+makes+unrequested+connections

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Pkshadow said

Hi, by not installing updates you miss on fixes and improvements and security as per : https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/releases/ Please check your system for malware : You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software: Microsoft Security Essentials is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista if you don't already have one. Windows 8/10 have antivirus protection built-in. Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article. Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

I appreciate the stereotypical reply tailored to the lowest common denominator but no, I'm using tcpview.exe and it's firefox doing these connections. I thank the above poster for the more thorough answer even though he only shared a link.

''Pkshadow [[#answer-1111453|said]]'' <blockquote> Hi, by not installing updates you miss on fixes and improvements and security as per : https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/releases/ Please check your system for malware : You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software: * [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/products/scanner Microsoft Safety Scanner] * [http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/ MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware] * [http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/disinfection/5350 Anti-Rootkit Utility - TDSSKiller] (for more info, see this [https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/tdsskiller/ alternate TDSSKiller download page]) * [https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/ AdwCleaner] (for more info, see this [http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/ alternate AdwCleaner download page]) * [http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro/ Hitman Pro] * [http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/ ESET Online Scanner] [https://support.microsoft.com/help/14210/security-essentials-download Microsoft Security Essentials] is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista if you don't already have one. Windows 8/10 have antivirus protection [https://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-defender built-in]. Further information can be found in the [[Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware]] article. Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us! </blockquote> I appreciate the stereotypical reply tailored to the lowest common denominator but no, I'm using tcpview.exe and it's firefox doing these connections. I thank the above poster for the more thorough answer even though he only shared a link.
Shadow110 1072 solutions 14836 answers

You are quite welcome for the stereotypical reply. Knowledge and experience were the 2nd posters benefit, as would have knowing you were running tcpview in your question would have helped me. As Volunteer Support you would be surprised at how often that stereotypical answer seems to hit the mark.

Please mark the solution that helped solve your issue please. Thanks.

You are quite welcome for the stereotypical reply. Knowledge and experience were the 2nd posters benefit, as would have knowing you were running tcpview in your question would have helped me. As Volunteer Support you would be surprised at how often that stereotypical answer seems to hit the mark. Please mark the solution that helped solve your issue please. Thanks.