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Windows 7: Mozilla launches Firefox 4

25 Mar 2011   #181
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

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When I awoke and came to the computer a bit ago, I was greeted by a firewall dialog asking whether to allow a process named mpsigstub.exe. Somewhat thoughtlessly, I let it. Wondering if I should have done so, I Googled it, and found that it is some kind of updater associated with Windows Defender, but since I had never seen that before, I continued looking and found that it is sometimes malware.

This caused me to run Malwarebytes (which found nothing to squawk about) and SpyBot (which quickly listed a registry key belonging to MTC.MakeMeSearch.com). SpyBot listed that as a browser hyjacker. Further reading, this seemed to be related to a search toolbar. Searching my computer, I found an installed program in the root of Program Files (x86), which was named search toolbar. I uninstalled this, but the fact that it's folder was dated 3-21-2011, and the firewall dialogs that I had to clear, listed Firefox as it's target, and that Firefox was the only program of this type that I had installed in that time frame, makes me believe that Firefox installed it.

I had opted for the custom install of Firefox, as I always do with any program that I can, and I always opt out of anything of this kind, if given a choice. Therefore I either wasn't given the choice, or Firefox ignored me and installed it anyway. I'm now curious if anyone else has found this problem, or if it is just me?
I did not opt for the custom install, but as of yet nothing popped up. SO now I am running full scans with Superantispyware and MSE, and running a Hitman Pro scan too.....so we'll see what happens.

Edit:Hitman turned up only one tracking cookie. Other scans are ongoing....
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Nope.
I did a full scan with Malwarebytes before yesterday. Result: "clean".
As I said, Malwarebytes didn't find anything on my computer either...SpyBot did. However, you probably don't need to run that, just check in Program Files (x86) for a folder named Search Toolbar, and also in Programs and Features for the same. If not in either place, then no program is going to detect it.
Well, all my scans came up negative, and after reading this post^^ I looked in those locations, so apparently I'm clean.


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25 Mar 2011   #182
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Newt' View Post
I've never, ever, seen or had this happen with the Firefox install, you must have picked it up somewhere else or don't have noscript installed (As Magus said.)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
When I awoke and came to the computer a bit ago, I was greeted by a firewall dialog asking whether to allow a process named mpsigstub.exe. Somewhat thoughtlessly, I let it. Wondering if I should have done so, I Googled it, and found that it is some kind of updater associated with Windows Defender, but since I had never seen that before, I continued looking and found that it is sometimes malware.

This caused me to run Malwarebytes (which found nothing to squawk about) and SpyBot (which quickly listed a registry key belonging to MTC.MakeMeSearch.com). SpyBot listed that as a browser hyjacker. Further reading, this seemed to be related to a search toolbar. Searching my computer, I found an installed program in the root of Program Files (x86), which was named search toolbar. I uninstalled this, but the fact that it's folder was dated 3-21-2011, and the firewall dialogs that I had to clear, listed Firefox as it's target, and that Firefox was the only program of this type that I had installed in that time frame, makes me believe that Firefox installed it.

I had opted for the custom install of Firefox, as I always do with any program that I can, and I always opt out of anything of this kind, if given a choice. Therefore I either wasn't given the choice, or Firefox ignored me and installed it anyway. I'm now curious if anyone else has found this problem, or if it is just me?
Anything is possible, but considering how little that I have used Firefox in the very few days that it has been installed, I would be very surprised if that is so. Since I have installed Firefox, I have only been to a handful of websites, with which I am very familiar, and have never had anything injected previously. Of course, previously I didn't use Firefox at all.
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25 Mar 2011   #183
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Use noscript with firefox, it will prevent anything being injected without your permission.
I just installed noscript, and when it asked to restart FF, I let it, but instead of restarting, it popped a couple of dialogs saying that there was a problem with the program, and when I then tried to start FF again, it continues to pop similar errors. How do I uninstall noscript when FF won't start?
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25 Mar 2011   #184
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I have the MpSigStub.exe in my widows/system folder and this is what it shows.

Mozilla launches Firefox 4-mp.png

I don't show anything about the search toolbar. Maybe some other program installed it.

Jim


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25 Mar 2011   #185
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I probably shouldn't have mentioned MpSigStub.exe, because I never really thought that it related to the search toolbar aspect, it was simply my way of describing the path that my mind traveled.
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25 Mar 2011   #186
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote:
Process name: MpSigStub
Application using this process: Microsoft Malware Protection
Process author: Microsoft Corporation
just fyi.
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25 Mar 2011   #187
lorddenis

 

So far i like it! Visualy look's great. No crashes etc so far.
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25 Mar 2011   #188
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Use noscript with firefox, it will prevent anything being injected without your permission.
I just installed noscript, and when it asked to restart FF, I let it, but instead of restarting, it popped a couple of dialogs saying that there was a problem with the program, and when I then tried to start FF again, it continues to pop similar errors. How do I uninstall noscript when FF won't start?
Since there was no response to this question, I went ahead an ran a System Restore, which appears to have taken care of the problem...at least FF does now open. Obviously, I know nothing about noscript, except the general purpose of the program. However, when I now go to Hulu, it complains that Java Script is not enabled, and since noscript also appears to block the Flash Player, I'm trying to decide whether to just white list Hulu, or disable noscript. I'm not particularly fond of anything that I have to contend with to do what I want. Before making a decision, I wanted to see if I might get some input on this here?
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25 Mar 2011   #189
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Using commonsense will be required with noscript, if you want the level of protection it provides you are going to have to offer input, all you need to do is allow the item it is a tad annoying at first while you allow all your regular sites. It saves the settings you chose though so it's only on a first time basis.

I hold to it because I've been using it for 3 years now, in that time I haven't gotten the slightest bug despite having visited many questionable sites during that time. I don't even run a active antivirus I just scan once a week out of habit, have not found anything in a long time though.
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25 Mar 2011   #190
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Flash also requires Javascript enabled to operate.

Jim
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