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I saw a weird cartoon like picture in Firefox homepage

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Today when I wake my computer up, the first thing I did is run Firefox as usual. On firefox start page, I saw this weird picture. What's going on? Is this some kind of virus? Here are picture of if, my plugin and addon: http://ssopheak.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/firefox-weird-start-page-picture/

One more thing, I notice high CPU usage on Task manager of Firefox. Sorry for my English.

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That is just one of the snippets that you can see on the about:home page. Apparently Mozilla has made a deal with the site that provides some games and offers one on the about:home page.


If you do not want to see those snippets then you can set the browser.aboutHomeSnippets.updateUrl pref to an empty string on the about:config page. Delete the storage\persistent\moz-safe-about+home folder in the Firefox profile folder with Firefox closed ("3-bar" Firefox menu button > Exit/Quit) to remove snippets stored in IndexedDB and make Firefox use a default snippet set. You can reset the browser.aboutHomeSnippets.updateUrl pref via the right-click context menu to the default value to re-enable the snippets and make Firefox recreate the moz-safe-about+home folder. You need to close and restart Firefox after changing the value of the browser.aboutHomeSnippets.updateUrl pref.

You can use this button to go to the currently used Firefox profile folder:

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Not a weird thing when if you read it it says it is a Mozilla Humble bundle.

https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2014/10/14/play-awesome-indie-games-directly-in-firefox-including-the-award-winning-ftl/

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Thank you for your help. I don't even click on it since I though it might have been a virus. Very much thank you.

These kind of pictures usually associate with virus. Firefox should make it clear that it wasn't some sort of scam.

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

That is just one of the snippets that you can see on the about:home page. Apparently Mozilla has made a deal with the site that provides some games and offers one on the about:home page.


If you do not want to see those snippets then you can set the browser.aboutHomeSnippets.updateUrl pref to an empty string on the about:config page. Delete the storage\persistent\moz-safe-about+home folder in the Firefox profile folder with Firefox closed ("3-bar" Firefox menu button > Exit/Quit) to remove snippets stored in IndexedDB and make Firefox use a default snippet set. You can reset the browser.aboutHomeSnippets.updateUrl pref via the right-click context menu to the default value to re-enable the snippets and make Firefox recreate the moz-safe-about+home folder. You need to close and restart Firefox after changing the value of the browser.aboutHomeSnippets.updateUrl pref.

You can use this button to go to the currently used Firefox profile folder:

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"These kind of pictures usually associate with virus. Firefox should make it clear that it wasn't some sort of scam."

I agree. When one's Start Page is changed without knowledge & consent it mimics malware behavior.

Not good.

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Lighten up, it's not like that feature is actually "new". It's been around for at least 6 months now - since before the Olympic Games were held in June.

With Stylish and this User Style you can make it so that you never see that "stuff" again. The "fiery" Olympic torch image that sucked the life out of my CPU prompted me to figure out how to block that "stuff" from ever being seen again. And I am sharing this with other Firefox users. https://userstyles.org/styles/104673/about-home-hide-snippets-and-hide-brand-logo

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Lighten Up? Okay, how's this? Changing the Start Page is behavior that sorta, kinda mimics malware.

But enough of semantics; A sincere thanks to you and Cor-el for solutions.