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Grand Master

Firefox opens new tabs to spam sites randomly?

I've looked into this, but it's not the redirect virus that sends to to a different spam site, and it doesn't happen when I refresh or open a new tab myself. Every 15 minutes to hour Firefox opens a new tab by itself sending me to a spam site(most common: Earn a living online ads and those sites that have a pop up asking if you really want to leave). I'm not sure what's causing this, and my AVG isn't detecting anything. Please help, thank you!

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

== I don't remember if I downloaded something, but I only download from trusted sites. About a week ago is when this started happening.

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Site Moderator

Re: Firefox opens new tabs to spam sites randomly?

Do a malware check with a few malware scan programs. You need to use all programs because each detects different malware. Make sure that you update each program to get the latest version of the database.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php - Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware http://www.superantispyware.com/ - SuperAntispyware http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html - Spybot Search & Destroy http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php - Ad-Aware Free http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx - Windows Defender: Home Page .......... See also "Spyware on Windows": http://kb.mozillazine.org/Popups_not_blocked and What to do when searches take you to the wrong search website

Grand Master

Re: Firefox opens new tabs to spam sites randomly?

I have the same problem, ran all the anti malwares on this list and more and still didn't help. Anymore idea? Now, I have to use other browser to stop seeing this annoying randomly popup and redirect and all sort garbage.

Grand Master

Re: Firefox opens new tabs to spam sites randomly?

I'm not sure, but I read something about deleting certain files that might help. Go to program files, Mozilla Firefox, then find the extensions folder. They said to delete the folders with names that look like random numbers and letters...I just tried this, I'll reply if it works for me.

Expert User

Re: Firefox opens new tabs to spam sites randomly?

Anonymous (the second one) Be careful about doing that in the Programs\Mozilla Firefox\extensions folder.

Within that folder, the folder {972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd} is the default theme for Firefox.

Within that folder, anything that looks like same letters but with different numbers than the highlighted ones is Java Console extension installed as part of Java.

Be careful, don't give this kind of advice, and always backup or rename things rather than deleting them unless you are absolutely sure of what you are doing.

Grand Master

Re: Firefox opens new tabs to spam sites randomly?

Its true... it keeps opening random sites in new window or tab. Further, there is no way to control it, no custom code, no malware. It seems the EXE file distributed by Mozilla itself is either corrupt or malware or programmed to open paid sites ??

Do you have any answer Mozilla ???

Grand Master

Re: Firefox opens new tabs to spam sites randomly?

Same problem now getting worse...

New tab opens with result of previous search [Google] only linking to "anti-virus" software sites with web pages that look like windows explorer.

Attached shows the URL with the search parameters in it.

After this followed several download pop-ups and new tabs opening. All tabs finally closed then another opened whilst writing this!

Help!

Grand Master

Re: Firefox opens new tabs to spam sites randomly?

OP here. I agree with Kevin, it's like it's the actual browser that's corrupted. I opened internet Exploer and it worked rather crappy, but without the random tabs. Also, I'm getting redirects whenever I open a new tab from any Google powered search.

Expert User

Re: Firefox opens new tabs to spam sites randomly?

Matt In the image you provided, note the title of the "OK"/"Cancel" overlay refers to worldttuy.info. Here is Norton's information on that site: http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?name=worldttuy.info I also checked McAfee Site Advisor and Google Safe Browsing and they both indicated that they had not visited the site.

You could have had a bug planted on your system. Most of these fake security program sites want you to buy a product to "clean" your system. An acquaintace of mine lost $80 and gave away his credit card number due to some similar warning that appeared on his system. I would strongly suggest a very thorough malware scan. If you find yourself unable to go to the following sites or update your own security software, it is because of an infection. In that case, you may want to seek the help of one of the specialists listed at the bottom of the following; just read their posting rules, include everything they ask to be posted, and follow their instructions to-the-letter.

Do a thorough malware scan Install, update and run these programs in this order. They are all free for personal use, but some have limited functionality in the "free mode", but those are features you really don't need to find and remove the problem that you have. (Not all programs detect the same Malware.)

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php SuperAntispyware - http://www.superantispyware.com/ AdAware - http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/ Spybot Search & Destroy - http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html Windows Defender - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx Dr. Web Cureit - http://www.freedrweb.com/cureit/

If these don't find it or can't clear it, post in one of these forums for specialized malware removal help: http://bleepingcomputer.com http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/ http://www.spywarewarrior.com/index.php http://forum.aumha.org/

Grand Master

Re: Firefox opens new tabs to spam sites randomly?

I have the same problem and NONE of the anti-virus programs are detecting it at all, so that solution is not currently helping (may be fixed eventually)

I have also looked at all running processes and services and there is nothing unusual there either.

I have tried disabling certain firefox extensions with no success.