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why is Firefox opening to various websites on it's own in windows 10?

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I leave my Windows 10 laptop on all the time, on power, and I know I close Firefox down when I am finished with it. I have no screensaver, and simply have a blank screen timeout set. Yet, every morning when I hit a key or move my mouse, Firefox is already open to some website I've never heard of, let alone visited. one example is this: https://com.com/results?q=pureleisurefun

It is acting as if I had done a search for this, which I know I didn't. I have looked in the forum, but haven't seen any solution to this issue, which is more annoying than anything else. I use Norton360 and is all up to date, and nothing shows up with regards to this. I also previously got rid of the "Recent Highlights", but this still persists.

I leave my Windows 10 laptop on all the time, on power, and I know I close Firefox down when I am finished with it. I have no screensaver, and simply have a blank screen timeout set. Yet, every morning when I hit a key or move my mouse, Firefox is already open to some website I've never heard of, let alone visited. one example is this: https://com.com/results?q=pureleisurefun It is acting as if I had done a search for this, which I know I didn't. I have looked in the forum, but haven't seen any solution to this issue, which is more annoying than anything else. I use Norton360 and is all up to date, and nothing shows up with regards to this. I also previously got rid of the "Recent Highlights", but this still persists.

Chosen solution

Firefox will not open on its own, Something is calling it.

You may have ad/mal-ware. 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.

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Additional System Details

Application

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv:63.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/63.0
  • Support URL: https://support.mozilla.org/1/firefox/63.0.1/WINNT/en-US/

Extensions

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  • Download with Internet Download Manager (IDM) 0.1.7 ({d1646fcf-76ad-49c5-b8b2-e496e9b71189}) (Inactive)

Javascript

  • incrementalGCEnabled: True

Graphics

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  • Accessibility: No
FredMcD
  • Top 10 Contributor
4190 solutions 58502 answers

Chosen Solution

Firefox will not open on its own, Something is calling it.

You may have ad/mal-ware. 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.

Firefox will not open on its own, Something is calling it. You may have ad/mal-ware. 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.

Question owner

Thank you Fred. I installed Malwarebytes and it found a bunch of "infections" which it cleaned, but I still had Firefox opened the following day. I also installed and ran the other scanners in the list and it appears that the SuperAntiSpyware is what finally removed whatever was opening Firefox every morning. So far, it's been 2 days now and all seems normal. ;)

Thank you Fred. I installed Malwarebytes and it found a bunch of "infections" which it cleaned, but I still had Firefox opened the following day. I also installed and ran the other scanners in the list and it appears that the SuperAntiSpyware is what finally removed whatever was opening Firefox every morning. So far, it's been 2 days now and all seems normal. ;)
FredMcD
  • Top 10 Contributor
4190 solutions 58502 answers

Glad to help. Safe Surfing.

Glad to help. Safe Surfing.