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I have as many as 20 as.php files a day randomly popping up on my desktop when I use Firefox. What could be causing that? And how can I stop it? I'm on an iMac running OS 10.12.6

I have as many as 20 as.php files a day randomly popping up on my desktop when I use Firefox. What could be causing that? And how can I stop it? I'm on an iMac running OS 10.12.6
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jscher2000
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Hi aprilde33, it's possible these are related to some downloads, but that's just a wild guess. Can you open one or a few of the files in TextEdit and see what is inside? For example, it could be web page code, or just a message, or some encoded stuff that was meant to have a different file extension (such as .pdf).

Hi aprilde33, it's possible these are related to some downloads, but that's just a wild guess. Can you open one or a few of the files in TextEdit and see what is inside? For example, it could be web page code, or just a message, or some encoded stuff that was meant to have a different file extension (such as .pdf).
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The as.php file that opens without a prompt only occurs when using Firefox; does not occur using Safari. Am using a MacBook Air with latest Mojave OS.

The as.php file that opens without a prompt only occurs when using Firefox; does not occur using Safari. Am using a MacBook Air with latest Mojave OS.

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jscher2000
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Hi boodent, when you say the as.php file opens without a prompt, do you mean it opens in a Firefox tab? Or does it trigger a download dialog? Is there any pattern to it, for example, it occurs more with certain websites?

Hi boodent, when you say the as.php file opens without a prompt, do you mean it opens in a Firefox tab? Or does it trigger a download dialog? Is there any pattern to it, for example, it occurs more with certain websites?
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It happens with different web sites, but only when using Firefox. A box opens for me to type in. I close the box and it will reappear again. I close again, and it usually does not reopen. The as.php will sometimes open with Text Edit, other times no identifiable app. Again, this does not happen using Safari. Ted

It happens with different web sites, but only when using Firefox. A box opens for me to type in. I close the box and it will reappear again. I close again, and it usually does not reopen. The as.php will sometimes open with Text Edit, other times no identifiable app. Again, this does not happen using Safari. Ted

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jscher2000
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Hi Ted, what do you mean by this --

A box opens for me to type in.

Is that a web form, or a download/save file box, or what? Can you share a screenshot of it?

Hi Ted, what do you mean by this -- <blockquote>A box opens for me to type in. </blockquote> Is that a web form, or a download/save file box, or what? Can you share a screenshot of it?
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I believe it is a download/save file box that allows one to type in info. Sometime, the tab for Text Edit replaces the Firefox tab in the upper left of the top info bar. Thanks for your response. Ted

I believe it is a download/save file box that allows one to type in info. Sometime, the tab for Text Edit replaces the Firefox tab in the upper left of the top info bar. Thanks for your response. Ted
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jscher2000
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Hi Ted, if this happens pretty frequently and reliably on certain sites, could you test in Firefox's Safe Mode? In its Safe Mode, Firefox temporarily deactivates extensions, hardware acceleration, any userChrome.css/userContent.css files, and some other advanced features to help you assess whether these are causing the problem.

If Firefox is not running: Hold down the option/alt key when starting Firefox. (On Windows, hold down the Shift key instead of the option/alt key.)

If Firefox is running: You can restart Firefox in Safe Mode using either:

  • "3-bar" menu button > "?" Help button > Restart with Add-ons Disabled
  • (menu bar) Help menu > Restart with Add-ons Disabled

and OK the restart.

Both scenarios: A small dialog should appear. Click "Start in Safe Mode" (not Refresh).

Any difference?

Hi Ted, if this happens pretty frequently and reliably on certain sites, could you test in Firefox's Safe Mode? In its Safe Mode, Firefox temporarily deactivates extensions, hardware acceleration, any userChrome.css/userContent.css files, and some other advanced features to help you assess whether these are causing the problem. ''If Firefox is not running:'' Hold down the option/alt key when starting Firefox. (On Windows, hold down the Shift key instead of the option/alt key.) ''If Firefox is running:'' You can restart Firefox in Safe Mode using either: * "3-bar" menu button > "?" Help button > Restart with Add-ons Disabled * (menu bar) Help menu > Restart with Add-ons Disabled and OK the restart. ''Both scenarios:'' A small dialog should appear. Click "Start in Safe Mode" (''not'' Refresh). Any difference?
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Many thanks. I will try your suggestions. Ted

Many thanks. I will try your suggestions. Ted
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