Mozilla Firefox targeted by scareware threat

While some may believe they're invulnerable on their computer, a new threat has surfaced which specifically targets Mozilla's Firefox browser. Obviously computer threats have been a common problem since the dawn of the world wide web, however scareware such as this is significantly more rare. Instead of portraying itself as a company and placing a popup on the user's computer, this scareware threat pretends to be Mozilla Firefox itself protecting you from a threat.

Over at The Windows Club, they've reported that clicking on the start protection button as displayed in the image above, installs a program on the user's computer, picks up a fake virus during a supposed scan and asks the user to pay $80 in order for the program to be able to remove the virus.

As time has moved forward, scareware has become a more prominent threat particularly due to the lack of technical knowledge that most computer users have. Having a specific target audience is not a new concept though as we've seen with money phishing emails which rely on the recipient to be associated with that banking corporation.

Obviously the word of advice on this to anyone surfing the internet and getting messages the same or indeed similar to this, is to be careful on what you click on. Firefox is not equipped with a virus scanner itself so if you see something like this, close the browser and conduct a quick scan just to be sure.

Image Credit: thewindowsclub.com

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Where are people seeing all these fake pages at though? I browse all over the place and have never seen one on my own PC, yet it seems like everyone else is infected by these rogue antivirus things.

dreamsburnred said,
No offence but (most) Firefox users are smart enough to realise its fake.
Really, do you know them all? When it comes to the users on the Internet, in most cases they really don't know better. Firefox's popularity have made it a good source for attack. And more will come. Most likely Chrome will follow, since it's really the only browser that increases its userbase significantly.

This looks just like that fake antivirus thing that pops up on other browsers. I'd bet its the same thing, just designed for Firefox.

Anyone with a proper understanding of the English language would never fall for this kind of crap as it is ALWAYS full of improper spelling and grammar. If you fall for this you don't need a technician, you need to go back to school.

I have seen a while back myself. Except the version I saw was for chrome, can't remember the link but it was very very convincing. It came up in a google search result

Auzeras said,
I have seen a while back myself. Except the version I saw was for chrome, can't remember the link but it was very very convincing. It came up in a google search result

I saw the same thing, also with a Google result. For a split second I thought, "holy c***" but then common sense kicked in.

0veR said,

You mean cyber police?

What if is he Kelly's father? Don't you afraid of? I wouldn't reply on that guy just in case... And right now I reply only to you.

Deo Domuique said,

What if is he Kelly's father? Don't you afraid of? I wouldn't reply on that guy just in case... And right now I reply only to you.

are you by any chance Kelly's father? ... whoever that is...

thealexweb said,
Most people who use Firefox would probably realise Mozilla would never ask them for money and see it as a fake.

A lot of people who use Firefox were made to (or, sometimes, forced to...) use it by relatives. They have no computer knowledge at all.

thealexweb said,
Most people who use Firefox would probably realise Mozilla would never ask them for money and see it as a fake.

I 'helped' a person install Adobe Flash Player 10.3 for Firefox.
THIS is how dumb people are.

thealexweb said,
Most people who use Firefox would probably realise Mozilla would never ask them for money and see it as a fake.

Well, maybe if they're using Linux. Linux users never expect to pay for anything.

thealexweb said,
Most people who use Firefox would probably realise Mozilla would never ask them for money and see it as a fake.

Please remember - you software is only as good as your dumbest end user and there are some real dumb end users out there......

Also remember "tech's and geek's" set up pc's for grandma/grandpa and aunt whatshername or uncle whatshisnuts and load FF because thats what the person setting up the pc is used to. So using FF doesnt mean you know what your doing.....

Just my opinion

thealexweb said,
Most people who use Firefox would probably realise Mozilla would never ask them for money and see it as a fake.
You'd be amazed on how ignorant most people are in regards to computer knowledge.