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When I click on a link it opens a new tab to a page I don't want (phishing). Often not always.

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When I click on a link it opens a new tab to a page I don't want (phishing). Often not always.

This usually happens from a search engine (google) but sometimes from within a web page. These are usually pages trying to sell something. It is very annoying and time consuming. I have uninstalled Firefox and reinstalled it.

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Re: When I click on a link it opens a new tab to a page I don't want (phishing). Often not always.

Google has ad placements in it's web searches, perhaps you are clicking on an ad?


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.


Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.

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Re: When I click on a link it opens a new tab to a page I don't want (phishing). Often not always.

Could you please elaborate on this issue you are having? Thank you!

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Re: When I click on a link it opens a new tab to a page I don't want (phishing). Often not always.

For example: I searched for the USGS earthquake site today. I clicked on the link provided with the Google search. It opened to a page advertising college degrees. I had to close that page and reclick on the link to open the page I wanted.

This happens A LOT -- it just started 3 days ago.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/z90/2d18be89bf5847683cd2533595066ce0index.html

This is the page I get sent to most often.
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Re: When I click on a link it opens a new tab to a page I don't want (phishing). Often not always.

Google has ad placements in it's web searches, perhaps you are clicking on an ad?


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.


Further information can be found in the Troubleshoot Firefox issues caused by malware article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!