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When browsing, my pages are often redirected at random--sometimes to objectionable sites. How do I stop this?
This is not a problem that has to do with searches. If I go to one of my regular web pages, say Yahoo!, the site will come up, then disappear when I'm redirected to some other page. The new page is random: sometimes something I've searched or used before, such as Amazon.com, sometimes a random site, such as a dating or school web site, and sometimes porn. It first started with facebook, but has spread to nearly any page I open. Today, I was on a secure web site (my bank) when redirected. Please help!
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Perform a thorough malware scan using several scanners (use only the free scanners, no need to buy one)
- See --> https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Is%20my%20Firefox%20problem%20a%20result%20of%20Malware
- See --> http://kb.mozillazine.org/Standard_diagnostic_-_Firefox#Check_for_malware
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Not related to your question, but...
You may need to update some plug-ins. Check your plug-ins and update as necessary:
- Plug-in check --> http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/
- Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in: Installing (or Updating) the Shockwave plugin with Firefox
- Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape: Installing/Updating Adobe Reader in Firefox
- Shockwave Flash (Adobe Flash or Flash): Updating Flash in Firefox
- Next Generation Java Plug-in for Mozilla browsers: Installing or Updating Java in Firefox
Also, disable any add-on in Firefox which is related to Facebook. I wouldn't trust any Firefox add-on for Facebook that wasn't installed directly from the official Mozilla Add-ons website - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ - where all the add-ons are scanned multiple times before even being allowed to be uploaded and offered as "Experimental", and are read line-by-line for exploits before they leave the "Experimental" category.