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Why is Firefox communicating with China from the UK?

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Why is Firefox communicating with China from the UK?

Hello there, I'm using a Firefox beta v13) and have had my firewall warn me that Firefox was attempting an outbound communication to IP 117.21.224.232. It's done this before (in prior versions too) and if I deny the connection, Firfox stops working.

I finally did a lookup on the IP and found that it's in China. Why is Firefox doing this and how do I make it stop? I'm rather worried.

Thanks,

Orbis

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Legendary Contributor

Re: Why is Firefox communicating with China from the UK?

Have you tested in Firefox's Safe Mode to see whether it is caused by a custom setting or add-on?

First, I recommend backing up your Firefox settings in case something goes wrong. See Backing up your information. (You can copy your entire Firefox profile folder somewhere outside of the Mozilla folder.)

Next, restart Firefox in Safe Mode using

Help > Restart with Add-ons Disabled

In the Safe Mode dialog, do not check any boxes, just click "Continue in Safe Mode."

If you still get the connection out, you could also try disabling all update checking (Options > Advanced > Update > "Never check"). Does that make any difference?

New Contributor

Re: Why is Firefox communicating with China from the UK?

Thank you for taking the time to reply jscher2000,

I will try your suggestion and post again.

Regards,

Orbis

Shooting Star Contributor

Re: Why is Firefox communicating with China from the UK?

Some sites suggest this is related to malware, e.g.

See the following article.