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    W10 & Firefox

    I am using a W10 machine and have Firefox as my browser.

    Periodically, while using the browser, I will get a popup page with the Firefox logo and a note that it is important that download an update, for which there is a downloadable subwindow to click on.

    Are these legit or is it someone's phishing exercise. To date I have not downloaded any of these 'updates'.

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    Mmi,

    I wouldn't click on it. If you want to see if there is an update click on Help->About Firefox. It will tell you if there is an update available and do the download for you and you know it is what it says it is!.

    If you don't have the menus visible F10 will,
    "Make it so".
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    The pop ups are legitimate. You have the Check for Updates option selected. Go to Options>Advanced>Update to change the settings.

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    What I most recently received said it was a Java update, however, it was from haeranasscom.org which I have never heard of in relation to either Java or Firefox.

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    That's likely malware, probably phishing or ransomware.

    Java is best uninstalled completely, if you do have software that uses it, don't allow the Java plugin in any browser.

    If you really have to use Java with a legitimate site, use an alt. browser just for that site, only enable Java when you have to use it, disable it otherwise.

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    Apparently websites spoofing Firefox updates have been appearing in the last month so haeranasscom.org must be one of them.

    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/fo...ibutors/712056

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