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Problem with popups


When I open certain sites in Firefox (e.g. www.halifax-online.co.uk) i immediately get a popup from http://www.consumersurveygroup.org asking me to fill in a survey. This survey appears to link to the site I am accessing The unusual thing is that, although I do not use Internet Explorer the invitation always opens in Internet Explorer.

Am I infested with some adware or other problem?

Your help would be appreciated

Additional System Details

This happened

A few times a week

This started when...

2 weeks ago

Installed Plug-ins

  • ClickPotatoLite Firefox Plugin
  • Shockwave Flash 10.1 r102
  • GEPlugin
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_22 for Mozilla browsers
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Office Authorization plug-in for NPAPI browsers
  • The plug-in allows you to open and edit files using Microsoft Office applications
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • BlackBerry WebSL Browser Plug-In
  • Google Update
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:2.0b7) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0b7

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Helpful Reply

More than likely something like Malware on your PC, considering that pop-up isn't opening in Firefox, but rather it is opening IE. I suggest doing a thorough Malware scan.

Install, update, and run these programs in this order.
(Not all programs detect the same Malware.)
They are all free for personal use, but some have limited functionality in the "free mode" - but those are features you really don't need to find and remove the problem that you have.
Note: If your Malware infection is bad enough and you are mis-directed to URL's other than what is posted, you may have to use a different PC to download these programs and use a USB stick to transfer them to the afflicted PC.

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: Home Page - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/prod.../default.mspx

If these don't find it or can't clear it, post in one of these forums for specialized malware removal help:

Question owner

Since posting the question I noticed the word "ClickPotato" on the bottom of the page. I googled it and found that for some reason I had this application installed (or it had installed itself on me!)

I have now removed Click Potato vis Control Panel and now hope that I am clear!