cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

SOLVED
Highlighted
Grand Master Contributor

Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

Locked due to age. If you still have a problem, please start a new thread

After doing a search, I will click on suggested websites. It will start to load, then will redirect me to another site that generally has nothing to do with the original search.

This happened

Not sure how often

== a couple of days ago

1 ACCEPTED SOLUTION

Accepted Solutions
Site Moderator

Re: Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

One of your add-ons might be the culprit too. Try running Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode with all add-ons disabled. If that solves the problem, see Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems and possibly Troubleshoot issues with plugins like Flash or Java to fix common Firefox problems

Also your issue may be caused by Malware. You can run and update the following free anti virus software:

1. Malwarebytes (Free version) - http://www.malwarebytes.org

2. Spybot Search & Destroy - http://www.safer-networking.org

3.Spyware Terminator - http://www.spywareterminator.com

In addition, there are a number of forums you can use to help get rid of your infection. These include:

43 REPLIES
Site Moderator

Re: Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

One of your add-ons might be the culprit too. Try running Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode with all add-ons disabled. If that solves the problem, see Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems and possibly Troubleshoot issues with plugins like Flash or Java to fix common Firefox problems

Also your issue may be caused by Malware. You can run and update the following free anti virus software:

1. Malwarebytes (Free version) - http://www.malwarebytes.org

2. Spybot Search & Destroy - http://www.safer-networking.org

3.Spyware Terminator - http://www.spywareterminator.com

In addition, there are a number of forums you can use to help get rid of your infection. These include:

New Contributor

Re: Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

I have had the exact same problem for 5 days now and it's becoming worse. 9 times out 10 my search's are redirected to something I had no intention of opening. And when I do get a link open that I want, the Firefox browser starts opening other tabs to unwanted links.

I have followed the above recommendations going into "Safe Mode" and shutting down all add ons. This does not affect the problem at all. I have also ran MalwareBytes, Spybot S&D, and Kaspersky TDSS killer, and turn up no malware with any of these programs. I am thinking this has got to be a Firefox browser or Google search corruption. I'm at a loss on what to do at this point. Any and all suggestions appreciated.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

I have had this problem for a couple of months. I fixed it today by "disabling" the extension Xulrunner 1.9.1. Seem this is a bogus entry and is the source of the redirecting (at least in my case). I used trial and error after trying all of the other methods posted everywhere on the internet. I disabled all of my extensions and turned them on one by one while doing a Google search after each one was turned back on. Xulrunner 1.9.1 was the one that resatrted the redirecting. Easy to try it yourself.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

Hello Rossman, I'm sure it's an extension problem. I also fixed it today by disabling the extension "internal security 1.0" greetings.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

Definitely XULRunner 1.9.1 (see https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/749007).

There's no uninstall button for this addon, is this built in to Firefox?

New Contributor

Re: Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

Never mind, I found it. It's in the registry, in my case it was

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions\{01E4B69D-9BF0-4FDE-983A-BFF3E928F9FE}

Delete the registry key, delete the folder it points to.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

In my case, the key to eliminating the XUL Runner 1.9.1 was in finding the registry entry:

HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-4084633196-3991238857-972333920-1000/software/mozilla/firefox/chrome. The “chrome” folder contained two files and a sub-folder named “content”. The Chrome folder contained the files “chrome manifest” and “install.rdf”. The content sub-folder contained the files “cfg.js” and “overlay.rdf”.

I found this path thanks to another poster here who tipped me off to the fact that the problem might be being caused by a Firefox extension. Then I was able to stop the problem by selectively disabling my extensions one by one till I found the one causing the redirections. I still wanted to uninstall the extension.

Finding the registry path was strictly hit-or-miss because I didn’t know the name of the files I was looking for. If someone else comes up with this problem, I’d suggest searching the registry for “cfg.js” and/or “overlay.rdf”. This should reveal the registry entry and enable them to eliminate it. Before I deleted the registry key, I took the precaution of saving the files and registry entries in a newly created file in My Documents in case whoever wrote this crap found a way to disable my computer if they were missing from the location where he stuck them.

New Contributor

Re: Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

The Microsoft Malicious software removal tool has found the problem (to my surprise) and it has a name : ALUREON.H

described here :

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?name=Virus%3aWin32%2fAlureon...

The microsoft Malicious software removal tool only partially deleted it, there is a part you'll have to do manually. But my redirecting stopped!!


I also know what did cause this redirecting problem... I've installed a kind of maffia wars autobot called :

"Mafiawars_Autobot_V3.exe" (about "Install_facebook_plug_in_1.0.3.exe" I'm not sure)

Since then the redirecting started.

I hope this was helpfull

Cheers,

Frederik

New Contributor

Re: Firefox keeps redirecting me, after I try to open a webpage I've found in "search"

You guys are way above my level with this stuff.

What did you use to find these files that caused the issue. I went to the registry and I had none of theses files. I went to extension and the only thing I have there is Real player extension.

Sorry to be so un-informed, but what utility should I use? I have the Microsoft stuff loaded.

Signed; lost in the woods