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When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

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When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

After I have finished using Fire Fox and log off, and I come back later, I find that Fire Fox is open to a URL that I have not typed in or even searched on. I live alone, so no one else uses my computer, here is a example URL that was open this evening when I returned home from work: http://tv.channel157news.com/news/?ilmernzkvtazn=485B39F47826C353&pu=&s=D-firefox&nm=ilmernzkvtazn

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Re: When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

Do you believe in poltergeists ?

One possibility is that it is malware. I suppose a possible explanation is that you have some timer set to record TV programs. The link you give does not give me any credible results on a websearch which seems odd if it is a news tv channel.

I think scanning for malware using multiple up to date tools would be a good idea.

Usual suggestions being: Sometimes a problem with Firefox may be a result of malware installed on your computer, that you may not be aware of.

You can try these free programs to scan for malware, which work with your existing antivirus software:

Microsoft Security Essentials is a good permanent antivirus for Windows 7/Vista/XP if you don't already have one.

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It may be a good idea to ensure the computer is not connected phisically; including by WiFi; when left unattended, or you may get a surprise Internet of Phone bill.

SUMO Contributor

Re: When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

I suggest putting your computer in sleep mode while you're away, if you don't need it to do be doing anything. Save a little electricity and minimize the possibility that it will surf the web on its own.

New User

Re: When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

I use google chrome but i have the same problem. This is one of the sites that pop up. It says "Sponsorship" in the interleaf. http://tv.channel157news.com/news/?ilmernzkvtazn=B888E30631233DEA&pu=ZmFjZWJvb2suY29t&s=D-chrome&nm=...

I checked my computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, but it didnt find any malware...

New User

Re: When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

Its somekind of ad maybe?

New User

Re: When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

It is no good. You computer might be hacked by Black Hats. Black hats are illegal hackers. If it is really. Then you need to perform restore factory settings. If the problem continues then there is nothing you can do about it.

  • PLEASE NOTE THAT RESTORE FACTORY SETTING MEANS DELETING ALL OTHER FILES AND SOFTWARE. IT WILL BE IN STATE THAT YOU BOUGHT NEW COMPUTER AND YOU WILL HAVE TO SET IT UP AGAIN. USE INTERNET FOR YOU COMPUTER'S HOW TO RESTORE FACTORY GUIDES.
SUMO Contributor

Re: When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

Hi heldor, you may need to try multiple scanners. Don't give up yet.

Edit: In case you did not see it, John99 posted a lengthy list.

SUMO Contributor

Re: When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

Hi heldor, the principle of checking whether you have an unwanted extension applies to Chrome as well. This article shows where you can find them in the menu: Uninstall extensions - Chrome Help.

SUMO Contributor

Re: When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

John99 said : Do you believe in poltergeists ?

yeeeesssss, i like that, life without humor is dead life .


thank you

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Re: When I am finished an have shut down Fire Fox, I come back to my computer and I find that Fire Fox is open, and a random URL page is open. I live alone.

It may also be worth noting that Firefox has a reset feature, that does not reset the rest of your computer just Firefox. It does however loose some information notably open tabs and Firefox extensions so you may wish to close open tabs or at least bookmark them and also bookmark the home websiets of any Firefox extensions