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    Adware trouble

    Recently I have been having an awful time using Firefox. I am getting pop up ads and redirects. Even after I close the redicted window I'll get music playing in the background. It's making web browsing nearly impossible. I have run ClamAV, and have AdAware installed in Firefox, to no avail. Some of the offending websites seem to be: superfish.com, fogporoducts.com, and scorecard Any help would be appreciated.
    "Named must your fear be before banish it you can."

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    Re: Adware trouble

    I use adblock plus addon. Works a treat.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir.../adblock-plus/

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    Re: Adware trouble

    Quote Originally Posted by philinux View Post
    I use adblock plus addon. Works a treat.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir.../adblock-plus/
    I have adblock installed. It doesn't stop these ads.
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    Re: Adware trouble

    Do these adverts pop-up no matter what website you are on? Have you tried a clean install of Firefox?

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    Re: Adware trouble

    Seems to be only on websites that have other ads... (most!) Have not reinstalled. Didn't want to lose my bookmarks, etc.
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    Re: Adware trouble

    What might be an idea is to sync your bookmarks using Firefox Sync and do a clean install after. Are you sure this isn't an adware issue and just a problem with Adblocker not working? What websites do you use where you commonly see this issue?

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    Re: Adware trouble

    You can also write out (export) your bookmarks to a local file and then load them (import) into a new Firefox installation.

    Click the "Bookmarks" link on the menu bar. Then, "Show All Bookmarks". On the panel that opens, click "Import and Backup". You will see options to export and import your bookmarks.

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    Re: Adware trouble

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Reid View Post
    Do these adverts pop-up no matter what website you are on? Have you tried a clean install of Firefox?
    Bookmarks> Show all bookmarks> Backup.
    I still think adblock plus is your best bet and maybe noscript.

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    Re: Adware trouble

    Quote Originally Posted by philinux View Post
    I still think adblock plus is your best bet and maybe noscript.
    I tried www.superfish.com and it redirects to http://wwws.superfish.com/ wwws? Anyhow, no sound or pop-ups but my default browser is chromium. So I tried the site with Firefox (no adblock or noscript) but had the same result on ubuntu 13.10. So I guess the problem is not related to that site and thus probably related to the installaton of the OP. A virus for Ubuntu?

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    Re: Adware trouble

    A virus seems unlikely. Probably some detritus deposited by a misbehaving site. Best bet is reinstalling. Firefox after a "sudo apt-get purge firefox".

    by keeping system monitor open there's a chance the offending executable (if that's what it is) could be spotted, located, and removed.

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