How to remove “Update for Firefox 57.0” Fake Alerts (Firefox Scam)

The “Update for Firefox 57.0” page is a social engineering attack that uses jаvascript to display a fake alert stating that you need to manually update Firefox. If you click on the “Install Now” button, rather than downloading an update for your browser, you will be forced to install a malicious Firefox extension.



The “Update for Firefox 57.0” alert is displayed by malicious or hacked websites to force the users into installing malicious Firefox add-ons. The alerts generated by the malicious sites will display the following message:
Update for Firefox 57.0
Firefox requires a manual update
This update is required to ensure that you are protected on the Internet
Install now
* This update is required * Protect yourself immediately on the internet
* Internet pages are automatically examined and possibly blocked
* Increased protection against malware and viruses
These malicious sites run a jаvascript code producing a dialog box, telling you that “Authentication Required” and asking for a username and password. Clicking “Cancel” once changes it to add a tick box marked “To display this page, Firefox must send information that will repeat any action (such as a search or order confirmation) that was performed earlier” Thinking that this is the ticket out of the page, you will tick that box and click “Resend”. At this point, your tab will go into “Full Screen” mode, and you will be prompted to install a malicious extension.
If you are tricked into installing one of these malicious Firefox add-ons, your browser search engine will be hijacked or pop-up ads and unwanted advertisements will be displayed on web pages that you visit.
A typical behavior for malicious extensions installed by the “Update for Firefox 57.0” pop-up is:
  • Advertising banners are injected with the web pages that you are visiting.
  • Random web page text is turned into hyperlinks.
  • Browser popups appear which recommend fake updates or other software.
  • Your browser homepage and default search may be changed
  • Your browser search queries are being redirected or tracked
How to remove “Update for Firefox 57.0” Fake Alerts (Removal Guide)

This malware removal guide may appear overwhelming due to the amount of the steps and numerous programs that are being used. We have only written it this way to provide clear, detailed, and easy to understand instructions that anyone can use to remove malware for free.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.


STEP 1: Uninstall the malicious programs from Windows
STEP 2: Reset Mozilla Firefox to the default settings

This step is needed if the “Update for Firefox 57.0”  pop-ups will not allow you to close your browser or page.
  1. Open the Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar and then clicking Start Task Manager. Alternatively to start the Windows Task Manager, you can press Ctrl+Alt+Del and click on Task Manager or simply press on Ctrl+Shift+Esc.


 Scroll through the list till you see your web browser’s process and left-click on it once so it becomes highlighted. Once you have selected the browser’s process, click on the End Task button as show in the picture below.



Your browser window should now be closed. The next time you open your browser, do not allow the browser to open the last opened page.

STEP 1: Uninstall the malicious programs from Windows

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your PC.
Windows 10 or Windows 8.1

To uninstall a program on Windows 10 or Windows 8, right-click on the Windows Start buttonand choose “Control Panel” from the pop-up menu.

When the “Control Panel” window opens click on the “Uninstall a program” option under “Programs” category.
Windows 7
If you are using Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the “Start” button, then click on the “Control Panel” menu option
When the “Control Panel” window opens click on the “Uninstall a program” option under “Programs” category.
When the “Programs and Features” screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall any unwanted programs.

Known malicious programs: MediaTab.TV, Amazing Movie Search, Searchsbay_uninstaller, SafeFinder, Search Protect, Protected Search, TakeSave, DNS Unlocker, Cinema Plus, Price Minus, SalesPlus, New Player, MediaVideosPlayers, Browsers_Apps_Pro, PriceLEess, Pic Enhance, Sm23mS, Salus, Network System Driver, SS8, Save Daily Deals, Word Proser, Desktop Temperature Monitor, CloudScout Parental Control, Savefier, Savepass, HostSecurePlugin, CheckMeUp or HD-V2.2.

The malicious program may have a different name on your computer. To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your program by the installation date. Scroll through the list, and uninstall any unwanted or unknown programs.

                                          


STEP 2: Reset Mozilla Firefox to the default settings


If you are still experiencing issues with the “Update for Firefox 57.0” redirect we will need to reset your browser to its default settings.
This step needs to be performed only if your issues have not been solved by the previous steps.


The reset feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill information, browsing history and open tabs.
  1. In the upper-right corner of the Firefox window, click the Firefox menu button ([Image: Firefox Menu button]), then click on the “Help” ([Image: Firefox Help button]) button.




From the Help menu, choose Troubleshooting Information.
If you’re unable to access the Help menu, type аbout:support in your address bar to bring up the Troubleshooting information page.

Click the “Refresh Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.

To continue, click on the “Refresh Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.

Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “Old Firefox Data“. If the reset didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.















News article is edited by: yakura - 11-04-2018, 18:16

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