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Firefox = spyware?

by Kees Bakker / June 4, 2006 7:00 AM PDT

In http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6620-0.html?forumID=14&threadID=181250&messageID=1982299 a member notes:
"Just installed a new Internet Security Suite, and guess what? On a Spyware check, it informed me that the Firefox Browser was recording my mouse clicks and keystrokes and was sending them back to a server!

I always thought the Firefox was the most secure Browser -- acording to the New York Times -- I guess they got it wrong this time like most other times!"

Any comments?


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by Marianna Schmudlach / June 4, 2006 7:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Firefox = spyware?

Hi Kees,

Had never heard of it - so, I did a search and came up with this:

Firefox Spyware infects IE?

What if there was an infection out there that could bypass Firefox and still get its grubby little paws on IE, and from there, the heart of your OS? What if that same infection could get past not only FF, but a whole raft of other (supposedly more secure) browsers too?

More: http://www.vitalsecurity.org/2005/03/firefox-spyware-infects-ie.html

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Kees, I use Firefox about 99% of the time...
by Larry38 / June 4, 2006 7:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Firefox = spyware?

The only thing that ever shows up, is when I scan with Ewido, and Ewido will find several low grade cookies.
Nothing to be concerned about.

Maybe that member will post back as to what scan found those items. I would also like to know.

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This is fun isn't it? .. we thought that running away
by Gakada / June 4, 2006 2:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Firefox = spyware?

or avoid from using something, is more secure, and then .. somewhere in the corner... they catch you up by surprize.

So, at this time.. any suggestion to avoid/run from the said problem.. or just wait for an uppdate..?

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(NT) (NT) I'll wait for an update! Unexpected always out there.
by glenn30 / June 4, 2006 11:31 PM PDT
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ALEXA TOOLBAR was capturing mouse clicks......
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by dogteams1 / June 5, 2006 7:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Firefox = spyware?

I get some strange things happen when i run the MVPS-HostFile with Firefox .Firefox might say you can'nt connect to Ad.Doubleclick.net 127.000.
I fixed the problem it was something to do with Firewall.(Zonealarm)
But about the cookies I run Ewido,or Counterspy both will pick-up same cookie (COM.COM) Which is from Cnet.
Its according to which 1 i run first. Thats about it,
but i do clean IE's plus Firefox's cookies&temps out each nite plus cache.


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Ad.Doubleclick.net is an adware source..
by Gakada / June 5, 2006 5:40 PM PDT

you shouldn't fix it...

host file already putting it on their list and loop back to ..

that's how a host files works..

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To my hosts file
by PudgyOne / June 5, 2006 7:04 PM PDT

To my hosts file, I have added com.com

It is not needed for here. Yahoo's anti-spy toolbar detects it as a tracking cookie.

I have also added all the websites that I don't want my children to go to. If you really want to get your wife mad at you, you can add the websites where she spends the money at. Really comes in handy.

I do keep on finding that when I use Internet Explorer, I keep finding some type of spyware called Effective and it's value is put into the registry.

Go to here


and download the Trend Micro Spyware for the web. I don't know how much longer it's going to be here to download, but I find out it's a very handy tool. Put it in a folder somewhere. Copy it from the folder and put it on your desktop and run it. If Zone alarm asks you if you want it to access the web, tell it no. After you use it, your results will be shown and you can have the program remove the spyware it finds. then when you reboot your computer the spyware is gone and so it the program, that why you make a copy of it.


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I Must've Been Wrong!! I Always Believed Alexa was Installed
by tobeach / June 5, 2006 6:12 PM PDT
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by MS as it's own spyware in the OS install!
Reasoning: Brand new computer, no OS. I do initial install of XP Pro SP1. Do a "transfer" of Spybot via a USB storage drive along with current defs. I install same and at FIRST scan, computer not yet on net, Spybot finds and removes several "Alexa Related" entries. MRUs I thought or maybe IEs' layered service providers. Definitely haven't installed any toolbars. Regardless from whom it comes (even Google), the very name "Toolbar" is enough to make me refuse the product or update PERIOD! Better safe than sorry. This is before installing Sun Java & Mozilla. Oh well...back to the drawing board! Grin

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