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A separate window popped up with a message saying "There is a new Codec Pack version. Install new version now for better performance." Is this legit?

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If I say "ok" will this cause a security problem? What codec pack version is this referring to?

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.8 r800
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.1.8
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.25.2 for Mozilla browsers
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.6
  • Picasa plugin
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 12.0
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • 4.0.60129.0
  • Logitech Harmony Remote Plugin

Application

  • Firefox 23.0.1
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:23.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/23.0
  • Support URL: http://support.mozilla.org/1/firefox/23.0.1/WINNT/en-US/

Extensions

  • DownloadHelper 4.9.21 ({b9db16a4-6edc-47ec-a1f4-b86292ed211d})
  • DownThemAll! 2.0.16 ({DDC359D1-844A-42a7-9AA1-88A850A938A8})
  • StartNow Toolbar 2.5.3 ({5911488E-9D1E-40ec-8CBB-06B231CC153F})
  • Troubleshooter 1.1a (troubleshooter@mozilla.org)
  • Flashblock 1.5.17 ({3d7eb24f-2740-49df-8937-200b1cc08f8a}) (Inactive)
  • Logitech Flow Scroll 4.00.33 ({5D3F3872-91E9-4d59-AD9F-AA174A3145DD}) (Inactive)
  • Trend Micro NSC Firefox Extension 6.8.0.1073 ({22C7F6C6-8D67-4534-92B5-529A0EC09405}) (Inactive)

Javascript

  • incrementalGCEnabled: True

Graphics

  • adapterDescription: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
  • adapterDescription2: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
  • adapterDeviceID: 0x6738
  • adapterDeviceID2: 0x0102
  • adapterDrivers: aticfx64 aticfx64 aticfx64 aticfx32 aticfx32 aticfx32 atiumd64 atidxx64 atidxx64 atiumdag atidxx32 atidxx32 atiumdva atiumd6a atitmm64
  • adapterDrivers2: igdumd64 igd10umd64 igd10umd64 igdumdx32 igd10umd32 igd10umd32
  • adapterRAM: 1024
  • adapterRAM2: Unknown
  • adapterVendorID: 0x1002
  • adapterVendorID2: 0x8086
  • direct2DEnabled: True
  • directWriteEnabled: True
  • directWriteVersion: 6.2.9200.16571
  • driverDate: 12-19-2012
  • driverDate2: 6-10-2011
  • driverVersion: 9.12.0.0
  • driverVersion2: 8.15.10.2418
  • info: {u'AzureCanvasBackend': u'direct2d', u'AzureFallbackCanvasBackend': u'cairo', u'AzureContentBackend': u'direct2d'}
  • isGPU2Active: False
  • numAcceleratedWindows: 2
  • numTotalWindows: 2
  • webglRenderer: Google Inc. -- ANGLE (AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series)
  • windowLayerManagerType: Direct3D 10

Modified Preferences

  • browser.cache.disk.capacity: 358400
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: False
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max: False
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value: 358400
  • browser.display.background_color: #C0C0C0
  • browser.display.use_system_colors: True
  • browser.history_expire_days.mirror: 180
  • browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion: 4
  • browser.startup.homepage: http://www.google.com/firefox?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID: 20130814063812
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone: 23.0.1
  • browser.tabs.onTop: False
  • dom.mozApps.used: True
  • dom.w3c_touch_events.expose: False
  • extensions.lastAppVersion: 23.0.1
  • font.internaluseonly.changed: False
  • gfx.direct3d.last_used_feature_level_idx: 0
  • gfx.direct3d.prefer_10_1: True
  • keyword.URL: http://www.startnow.com/s/?src=addrbar&provider=Bing&provider_code=Z065&partner_id=287&product_id=463&affiliate_id=&channel=9007&toolbar_id=200&toolbar_version=2.0&install_country=US&install_date=20110501&user_guid=F47F430B1DB64B38969291D9B753AF67&machine_id=456d678c92671d27e3400d7ef3ae56b9&browser=FF&os=win&os_version=6.1-x64-SP0&q=
  • network.cookie.prefsMigrated: True
  • places.database.lastMaintenance: 1379263366
  • places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages: 104858
  • places.last_vacuum: 1342893002
  • plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types: application/pdf
  • plugin.importedState: True
  • privacy.cpd.cookies: False
  • privacy.cpd.sessions: False
  • privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: True
  • privacy.sanitize.timeSpan: 0
  • security.warn_viewing_mixed: False
  • storage.vacuum.last.index: 1
  • storage.vacuum.last.places.sqlite: 1377909677

Misc

  • User JS: No
  • Accessibility: No
jscher2000
  • Top 10 Contributor
2365 solutions 20923 answers

Very suspicious, I definitely would NOT install it.

The StartNow extension is something that most users will want to remove. Check out this earlier thread on that topic: How do I get rid of startnow toolbar and webpage?

cor-el
  • Top 10 Contributor
  • Moderator
10756 solutions 96809 answers

Note that you still seem to using the old google.com/firefox site as home page.
Google stopped supporting this page quite some time ago and has hard coded a message that tell that you use an old Firefox version.

You can use the SearchReset extension to reset some preferences to the default values.

Note that the SearchReset extension only runs once and then uninstalls automatically, so it won't show on the "Firefox > Add-ons" page (about:addons).