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My laptop is on a small Public WiFi that requires a passcode. My cell has a different source. Lately, the Ad Blocker on Firefox has been disappearing & I have to download it again.


Could this be a hack from the providers of the WiFi? They aren't making money from ads. It would just be malicious, but, it seems kind of silly.


I do have a "bad"reputation for being a non-criminal in an area with a lot of criminals. I wouldn't be surprised if I was hacked.


I have McAfee Security, but I don't know if that would help.


I appreciate all suggestions.
 

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I doubt it is a hack, Nik. More likely something to do with an OS update or browser toolbar issues. This seems to be a fairly common issue for quite a while. You could download MalwareBytes free version and run a scan to give you more peace of mind.
 

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NIK,

Doubtful that problem is a hack.

It might be something weird about your library's Wi-Fi. Try talking to a librarian (quietly). Shhhh!

I don't use Firefox often, but it keeps nagging me about trying to sync all of my devices together, even after I've sync'd them.

Try using a different browser such as Opera and see if the same thing happens.

Yes, run Malwarebytes (the free version). They'l automatically upgrade you to the premium version for I think 10 days. After that, "Just say no" ot eh paid upgrade.
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NIK,

Doubtful that problem is a hack.

It might be something weird about your library's Wi-Fi. Try talking to a librarian (quietly). Shhhh!

I don't use Firefox often, but it keeps nagging me about trying to sync all of my devices together, even after I've sync'd them.

Try using a different browser such as Opera and see if the same thing happens.

Yes, run Malwarebytes (the free version). They'l automatically upgrade you to the premium version for I think 10 days. After that, "Just say no" ot eh paid upgrade.
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It's not the library. The library computers tie up with the police next door.:wink2:
Maybe it's McAfee. They started trying to sell browsing protection. :smile:

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I hate McAffee and Norton. I delete those ASAP. I use Windows defender and Malwarebytes. I went and sprung for the MWB premium which gives real time protection with 4 licenses for my computers. The free version is fine but you'll lack some features.

It's not the library. The library computers tie up with the police next door.:wink2:
Maybe it's McAfee. They started trying to sell browsing protection. :smile:

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It's not the library. The library computers tie up with the police next door.:wink2:
Maybe it's McAfee. They started trying to sell browsing protection. :smile:

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Nah.

John McAfee is a dangerous lunatic, but the software that still bears his name is not malicious.
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The only thing I hate about McAfee is that every time Adobe pushes an update to Acrobat, it tries to sneak in installation of McAfee.
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That is precisely why I will only do manual updates, especially of Adobe products.
 
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That has been a problem for some time (back in May) so apparently it has just now attacked you since you may have updated your browser or it updated without your permission.

The cure is contained in the link below... you'll need to spend some time gleaning through all the info to see what part may pertain to your particular iteration of Firefox.

Best regards, SD2

Firefox Fix Add-Ons
 

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Another thing you (and everyone else) should consider is separate accounts for daily use and updates, installs etc..

Often when people get a new computer, they setup the one account and that is it. But that account has administrator privileges which makes it easier to inadvertently install malware and other undesired software.

Create a second account on the computer and set it to "Standard User". Yes this is somewhat annoying to have to switch accounts when you need to install something, but a this method minimizes the chances of something getting installed requiring admin privileges without you knowing.
 
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