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Is the program Security tool a legitmate program for FireFox?

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I was going to site to check out a picture from google.ca and i cant get back to the site or it tells me to download and important firefox security update and i did that but now it telling me that the problem with my computer is Firefox itself...

I was going to site to check out a picture from google.ca and i cant get back to the site or it tells me to download and important firefox security update and i did that but now it telling me that the problem with my computer is Firefox itself...

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Today October 25, 2010

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 10.0 r42
  • getplusplusadobe16244
  • Default Plug-in
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.3.3"
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • getplusplusadobe16263
  • Hotbar Firefox Plugin
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • 1.9.0042.0
  • Pando Web Plugin
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • DivX Web Player version 1.5.0.52
  • npdivxplayerplugin
  • 4.0.50917.0
  • Office Live Update v1.3
  • NPWLPG
  • Nexon Game Controller
  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
  • RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In
  • 6.0.12.69
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_17 for Mozilla browsers
  • Java(TM) Platform SE binary
  • DRM Netscape Network Object
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.14) Gecko/20101001 Firefox/3.5.14

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Helpful Reply

Security Tool is a fake anti-virus program that installs a virus on your system. Just enter "Security Tool" (with quotation marks) in Google.

You should never respond to such pop-ups unless initiated by you or unless it is coming from an application that you know is already installed on your system. Be suspicious of any pop-up telling you that your system is infected and that you need to download/install/purchase something to clear the infection

Thoroughly scan for malware by following the instructions below.

Download, install and update as many of the following as possible until your infections are cleaned.

  1. The free versions of these scanners will detect infections and clean your system; no need to purchase
  2. Different malware scanners detect some malware that other scanners do not.
  3. If you are unable to download the malware programs,
    • change the name of the installer program before saving the download to your hard drive, and
    • once installed, go to the installation folder for the program and change the name of the program executable file (i.e., for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, change mbam.exe to xyz-mb.exe), then update the program and run the scan.
    • you may need to download on an un-infected computer, change the name of the installer program, copy the installer to a CD or USB thumb drive, and transport to your system for installation.
  4. Some stubborn malware will need to be removed in Windows Safe Mode with Networking

If these don't find or can't clear the infection(s), post in one of these forums for specialized malware removal help:

  1. Read and follow their rules for posting
  2. Follow their instructions to the letter
  3. Be patient; you are put in a queue and you will get a response when they get to your post

After getting the virus(es) cleared from your system, you need to update the following out of date plugins that contain known security issues.

  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.3.3"
  • Shockwave Flash 10.0 r42
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_17 for Mozilla browsers
  1. Check your plugin versions: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/
    • Note: plugin check page does not have information on all plugin versions
  2. Update Adobe Reader (PDF plugin):
    • From within your existing Adobe Reader (if you have it already installed):
      • Open the Adobe Reader program from your Programs list
      • Click Help > Check for Updates
      • Follow the prompts for updating
      • If this method works for you, skip the "Download complete installer" section below and proceed to "After the installation" below
    • Download complete installer (if you do NOT have Adobe Reader installed):
      • Use Firefox to download and SAVE the installer to your hard drive from the link in the article below
      • On the Adobe page, un-check any extra items (i.e. Free McAfee® Security Scan Plus) then click Download button
      • If you see message just under tabs, DO NOT click the Allow button, instead click below that where it says "click here to download".
      • Click "Save to File"; save to your Desktop (so you can find it)
      • After download completes, close Firefox
      • Click the installer you just downloaded and allow the install to continue
        • Note: Vista and Win7 users may need to right-click the installer and choose "Run as Administrator"
      • Download link and more information: https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Using+the+Adobe+Reader+plugin+with+Firefox#Installing_and_updating_Adobe_Reader
    • After the installation, start Firefox and check your version again.
  3. Update Shockwave Flash
  4. Update Java:
Security Tool is a fake anti-virus program that installs a virus on your system. Just enter "Security Tool" (with quotation marks) in Google. You should never respond to such pop-ups unless initiated by you or unless it is coming from an application that you know is already installed on your system. Be suspicious of any pop-up telling you that your system is infected and that you need to download/install/purchase something to clear the infection '''<u>Thoroughly scan for malware</u>''' by following the instructions below. Download, install and update as many of the following as possible until your infections are cleaned. #The '''<u>free versions</u>''' of these scanners will detect infections and clean your system; no need to purchase #'''<u>Different malware scanners detect some malware that other scanners do not.</u>''' #If you are unable to download the malware programs, #* change the name of the installer program before saving the download to your hard drive, and #* once installed, go to the installation folder for the program and change the name of the program executable file (i.e., for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, change mbam.exe to xyz-mb.exe), then update the program and run the scan. #* you may need to download on an un-infected computer, change the name of the installer program, copy the installer to a CD or USB thumb drive, and transport to your system for installation. #Some stubborn malware will need to be removed in '''Windows Safe Mode with Networking''' *Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php *SuperAntispyware - http://www.superantispyware.com/ *AdAware - http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/ *Spybot Search & Destroy - http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html *Windows Defender - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx *Dr. Web Cureit - http://www.freedrweb.com/cureit/ If these don't find or can't clear the infection(s), post in one of these forums for specialized malware removal help: #Read and follow their rules for posting #Follow their instructions '''to the letter''' #Be patient; you are put in a queue and you will get a response when they get to your post *http://bleepingcomputer.com *http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/ *http://www.spywarewarrior.com/index.php *http://forum.aumha.org/ ------------------------------- After getting the virus(es) cleared from your system, you need to update the following out of date plugins that contain known security issues. * Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape "9.3.3" * Shockwave Flash 10.0 r42 * Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_17 for Mozilla browsers #'''Check your plugin versions''': http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/ #*'''Note: plugin check page does not have information on all plugin versions''' #'''Update Adobe Reader (PDF plugin):''' #*From within your existing Adobe Reader ('''<u>if you have it already installed</u>'''): #**Open the Adobe Reader program from your Programs list #**Click Help > Check for Updates #**Follow the prompts for updating #**If this method works for you, skip the "Download complete installer" section below and proceed to "After the installation" below #*Download complete installer ('''if you do <u>NOT</u> have Adobe Reader installed'''): #**Use Firefox to download and SAVE the installer to your hard drive from the link in the article below #**On the Adobe page, un-check any extra items (i.e. Free McAfee® Security Scan Plus) then click Download button #**If you see message just under tabs, DO NOT click the Allow button, instead click below that where it says "click here to download". #**Click "Save to File"; save to your Desktop (so you can find it) #**After download completes, close Firefox #**Click the installer you just downloaded and allow the install to continue #***Note: Vista and Win7 users may need to right-click the installer and choose "Run as Administrator" #**'''<u>Download link and more information</u>''': https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Using+the+Adobe+Reader+plugin+with+Firefox#Installing_and_updating_Adobe_Reader #*After the installation, start Firefox and check your version again. #'''Update Shockwave Flash''' #*Use Firefox to Download and SAVE to your hard drive from one of the links below; '''<u>the links take you directly to the download and you avoid the "getplus" download manager and "extras" (i.e., toolbars, virus scan links, etc.) on the main Adobe page.</u>''' #*SAVE to your Desktop so you can find it #*After download completes, close Firefox #*Click on the file you just downloaded and install #**Note: Vista and Win7 users may need to right-click the installer downloaded and choose "Run as Administrator" #**Note: Most browsers other than IE will also get updated with this one download #**Note: To update IE, same procedure '''<u>but use IE</u>''' to go: http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_ax.exe #*After installation, restart Firefox and check your version again. #*'''<u>Download links and other information</u>''': #** https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Managing+the+Flash+plugin#Updating_Flash #** '''<u>or</u>''' you can download, save, then run the manual installers for IE, then for Firefox (and all other browsers) from here: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/191/tn_19166.html#main_ManualInstaller #* Also see: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Installing+the+Flash+plugin #* Also see (if needed): http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/191/tn_19166.html#main_Uninstall #'''Update Java:''' #* Download and update instructions: https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Using+the+Java+plugin+with+Firefox #* Removing old versions (if needed): http://www.java.com/en/download/faq/remove_olderversions.xml #* Remove multiple Java Console extensions (if needed): http://kb.mozillazine.org/Java#Multiple_Java_Console_extensions #* After the installation, start Firefox and check your version again.

Modified by Helper7677