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A popup site disguised as Firefox update blocks everthing, can only be solved by cntr/alt/del : mintstark.cool

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Some times a site pops up when surfing. Since a few weeks it's a site looking like a Firefox update. It asks me to click onto some thing I have no idea. The name is : mintstark.cool.

I can get only out of the blockage by shutting down Firefox by the task manager. I will try to take a picture with an external camera.

Same happens under the name of windows or microsoft.

Thanks very much for your assistance.

Some times a site pops up when surfing. Since a few weeks it's a site looking like a Firefox update. It asks me to click onto some thing I have no idea. The name is : mintstark.cool. I can get only out of the blockage by shutting down Firefox by the task manager. I will try to take a picture with an external camera. Same happens under the name of windows or microsoft. Thanks very much for your assistance.

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Hello Fairchild,

Good for you to be on the alert  !

Those scammers just keep on trying, hoping that someone will fall into their trap ....

Would you please take a look at this :

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/i-found-fake-firefox-update

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McCoy
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Hello Fairchild,

Good for you to be on the alert  !

Those scammers just keep on trying, hoping that someone will fall into their trap ....

Would you please take a look at this :

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/i-found-fake-firefox-update

Hello Fairchild, Good for you to be on the alert ! Those scammers just keep on trying, hoping that someone will fall into their trap .... Would you please take a look at this : https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/i-found-fake-firefox-update
FredMcD
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Go to the Mozilla Add-ons Web Page {web Link} (There’s a lot of good stuff here) and search for a good ad blocker.


A way out of a trap page is to (force it if needed) Close Firefox. Wait about 20 seconds for Firefox to finish closing. Right-click on the Firefox icon and select Open New Window. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Sometimes this works. If it opens, close it by Menu > File > Exit. This will flush out that web page from the Session Store.

Go to the [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ Mozilla Add-ons Web Page] {web Link} (There’s a lot of good stuff here) and search for a good ad blocker. --------------- A way out of a trap page is to (force it if needed) '''Close Firefox. ''' Wait about 20 seconds for Firefox to finish closing. Right-click on the Firefox icon and select '''Open New Window. ''' +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Sometimes this works. If it opens, close it by '''Menu > File > Exit. ''' This will flush out that web page from the '''Session Store. '''

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Hi, if it's always the same site, it should be blocked by Firefox's phishing and malware protection, which uses a list of bad sites collected by Google's SafeBrowsing project. If you can find the bad URL in your history, you can right-click > Copy, then submit it here:

However, because these scammers keep registering new domains, it is difficult for the feature to keep up.


There are a few common patterns to these annoying pages, and these are some techniques for closing them without having to take drastic measures.

The "key" (ha ha) is the keyboard shortcut for closing the current tab, which is Ctrl+w (or on Mac, Cmd+w). Try it after each action to see whether it is available yet.

(1) Large alert dialog (lots of text)

If you cancel this dialog, it may reappear. After two or three appearances, Firefox should add a checkbox at the bottom of the dialog to stop the site from showing more alerts. Check that box and click OK to block further dialogs.

(2) Authentication dialog (asks for username and password)

If you cancel this dialog, the page may reload and immediately show it again. Pressing the Esc key numerous times in a row can cancel the reload as well as the dialog.

(3) Reacting to mouse movement

Some pages have a script that detects when you are moving the mouse pointer up toward the tab bar and takes action to show another dialog, or moves to full screen view to hide the toolbar area. On these pages, the keyboard shortcut is essential.

Hopefully this will let you close problem pages without having to "kill" Firefox in the Windows Task Manager. (I don't recommend using that method because the tab will come back during automatic crash recovery anyway.)


Often these scam pages are promoted through ad networks. As a defensive measure, you could consider using an add-on that is effective at blocking ads, such as:

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/

As with any content blocker, this will cause problems on some sites, so keep an eye on its toolbar button in case you need to make an exception to get a page to load properly.

Hi, if it's always the same site, it should be blocked by Firefox's phishing and malware protection, which uses a list of bad sites collected by Google's SafeBrowsing project. If you can find the bad URL in your history, you can right-click > Copy, then submit it here: * "Phishing": https://safebrowsing.google.com/safebrowsing/report_phish/ * "Malware": https://safebrowsing.google.com/safebrowsing/report_badware/ However, because these scammers keep registering new domains, it is difficult for the feature to keep up. ---- There are a few common patterns to these annoying pages, and these are some techniques for closing them without having to take drastic measures. The "key" (ha ha) is the keyboard shortcut for closing the current tab, which is Ctrl+w (or on Mac, Cmd+w). Try it after each action to see whether it is available yet. (1) Large alert dialog (lots of text) If you cancel this dialog, it may reappear. After two or three appearances, Firefox should add a checkbox at the bottom of the dialog to stop the site from showing more alerts. Check that box and click OK to block further dialogs. (2) Authentication dialog (asks for username and password) If you cancel this dialog, the page may reload and immediately show it again. Pressing the Esc key numerous times in a row can cancel the reload as well as the dialog. (3) Reacting to mouse movement Some pages have a script that detects when you are moving the mouse pointer up toward the tab bar and takes action to show another dialog, or moves to full screen view to hide the toolbar area. On these pages, the keyboard shortcut is essential. Hopefully this will let you close problem pages without having to "kill" Firefox in the Windows Task Manager. (I don't recommend using that method because the tab will come back during automatic crash recovery anyway.) ---- Often these scam pages are promoted through ad networks. As a defensive measure, you could consider using an add-on that is effective at blocking ads, such as: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/ As with any content blocker, this will cause problems on some sites, so keep an eye on its toolbar button in case you need to make an exception to get a page to load properly.

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Many thanks for your assistance!

Many thanks for your assistance!
McCoy
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Fairchild said

Many thanks for your assistance!

I'm sure I speak on behalf of my colleagues when I say : glad to have helped   !

''Fairchild [[#answer-1209117|said]]'' <blockquote> Many thanks for your assistance! </blockquote> I'm sure I speak on behalf of my colleagues when I say : glad to have helped &nbsp; !