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Thread: Browser hijacking

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    Browser hijacking

    HELP!!!

    Firefox appears to have been hijacked. Sometimes I can get to sites, but at other times I'm being redirected to

    http://www.purchasereviews.net/donate.php

    ... which in turn quickly re-directs, via Google (or something claiming to be Google) and a very brief advert for WalMart, to

    http://adf.ly/noscript.php?t=ck

    ... where yesterday there was a message saying I can't continue unless I enable cookies.

    Today though, this has changed to a page "inviting" me to choose a "free gift" (of malware probably).

    I first noticed this when I tried to use the BBC site, where every link had changed to the "purchasereviews" hijacker.

    ClamTK finds nothing. I've tried to get AVG, but the download link there is hijacked too.

    I'll be off line for a couple of days, but I'll be VERY grateful if someone can come up with a fix. If not, I'll have to ditch FireFox.
    Last edited by Barney-R; March 27th, 2013 at 11:09 PM. Reason: Solved

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    Re: Browser hijacking

    what happens if you rename .mozilla to .mozilla-backup?Then start FF
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    Re: Browser hijacking

    I have the same problem

    Quote Originally Posted by carl4926 View Post
    what happens if you rename .mozilla to .mozilla-backup?Then start FF
    it seems to work, I used the "new" firefox for a while and the problem did'nt appear again
    all we have to do is recover the bookmarks and reinstall the extensions

    thank very much

    and my apologies for my poor english

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    Re: Browser hijacking

    I have exactly the same pb !?!

    But i don't want to loose my ff profile !

    Any idea of the cause ? any other solution ?

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    Re: Browser hijacking

    Quote Originally Posted by Benibur View Post
    I have exactly the same pb !?!

    But i don't want to loose my ff profile !

    Any idea of the cause ? any other solution ?
    Save the latest .json file
    Start a clean .mozilla and then import the .json
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    Re: Browser hijacking

    Quote Originally Posted by carl4926 View Post
    Save the latest .json file
    Start a clean .mozilla and then import the .json
    I don't understand this ^^^. What exactly does it do?
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    Re: Browser hijacking

    The .json file is more complete than say your bookmarks exported as a .html file.json will put your bookmarks back in place, including the bookmarks toolbar and also your cookies and login infoThe .json file can be exported or you can find a bunch of them in .mozilla/firefox/profile/bookmarksbackup
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    Re: Browser hijacking

    What is the cause of this ? How can be this achived on Ubuntu ? A virus ?

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    Re: Browser hijacking

    csbened No, more like a Firefox compatible malicious script. it essentialy modified Firefox by adding changes in the settings folder of the Users account. You don't have to worry if you have a Adblocker installed for Firefox.

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    Re: Browser hijacking

    Ghostry probably helps too
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