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F.TXT

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Dear Mozilla Community,

I was browsing on the Internet, when Firefox showed up a download window for f.txt. I then clicked away that window. I could not find a f.txt and my antivirus did not complain. If someone could tell me what this is it would be very kind. Also what I should do next.

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There is a thread on Reddit where people are speculating it is related to Google DoubleClick ads, but I don't see why it should have suddenly started. ??

https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/ixp3as/what_is_ftxt/

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Open your file browser to your user account on the hard drive. Then do your search.

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I did a search through my whole PC (Computer-> searchbar) Found nothing. (I searched for f.txt)

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One place I've seen "f.txt" is when you are searching from Firefox's address bar or search bar with Google as your default search engine. Search engine suggestions are returned in a file named f.txt. However, under normal circumstances, Firefox intercepts that file and updates the suggestions list below the address/search bar, so you never see a download dialog. Perhaps there was an unusual delay and this file came in late, so Firefox assumed you requested it in a different way?

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Thank you very much (both) for your response. This could be it, but I am not sure. If there is no download shown and I did not click to download something (the site is a "normal" site not a scam or anything like it) could it download anyway?

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There is a thread on Reddit where people are speculating it is related to Google DoubleClick ads, but I don't see why it should have suddenly started. ??

https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/ixp3as/what_is_ftxt/

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I read the reddit threat. I do not think it has something to do with Google. But with the pop up ads on the website. I think it is the same issue but with a different source for the problem. But I am glad to hear I am not the only one having the problem. Thank you again for all the help! I will mark this as solved because if it happens in the future I know what it is. Maybe a Update of Firefox brings a fix for this bug.

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Press <Control> J to bring up the Downloads Manager.

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I checked the download Manager, it did not download anything.

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