Firefox Plugin Problem

Category: Quickies

Q:

A few months ago my FireFox autodownloaded a plugin called Zoomin. They then advised me that they had done this by a popup which instructed me to click here to continue. When I clicked, the thing hacked my homepages (11 of them)and forced theirs on me. I was hacked by FireFox! I now have problems with my system(s) hanging, and can't even successfully shut down when it takes over the system. This is even when FF is not running. Short of a complete re-install, is there anything I can do?




A:

I have not heard reports of Firefox autodownloading rogue software. However, there have been some serious security flaws fixed recently. If you are not using the latest version of Firefox, you should update your system ASAP.

I also searched for spyware and viruses called Zoomin, and didn't find anything. The best advice I can offer is to run a thorough virus scan with an up to date anti-virus product, and a spyware scan as well. See my articles How can I avoid computer viruses? and Spy, Counter-Spy for more information on how to protect yourself from those risks.

This article was posted by on 12 Sep 2005


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