http://canada.consumers-research.com has hijacked my Firefox.
About 2-3 days ago a popup questionnaire began plaguing me. The address that pops up with the popup is listed above: http://canada.consumers-research.com . It hijacks both audio and opens a separate window, which can only be closed by right clicking on FF icon in the taskbar. If you <x> it, it does not close.
I already installed Lavasoft's adaware software, to no avail.
Additional System Details
- Shockwave Flash 11.5 r502
- Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator version:0.1.44.23
- Version 188.8.131.5292
- Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.11.2 for Mozilla browsers
- VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.2
- Google Update
- Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 184.108.40.2068
- A plugin to detect whether the Adobe Application Manager is installed on this machine.
- Intel web components for Intel® Identity Protection Technology
- Intel web components updater - Installs and updates the Intel web components
- Yahoo Application State Plugin version 220.127.116.11
- QUAKE LIVE
- User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2; WOW64; rv:18.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/18.0
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I will let the question stay posted for awhile longer before I follow your steps. I would rather know how to pinpoint the problem and snipe it out rather than nuke it. If anyone has a suggestion whose expertise is sniping, I'd like to hear it.