firefox update window appears, forces install creating numerous problems "trojan horse" per Apple Support




12 years ago
11 years ago


(Reporter: Annie Gleason, Unassigned)


1.5.0.x Branch
Mac OS X

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)


(Whiteboard: CLOSEME 07/05)



12 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv: Gecko/20060308 Firefox/
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv: Gecko/20060308 Firefox/

This happened on 2 of my Macs in the last 5 days.  While on 2 different sites, a window appeared saying that there is a update to Firefox that must be installed immediately.  You have 2 choices now, or later.  
The first time it happened, (powerbook) I foolishly clicked now.  Immediately, strange boxes with click to add phrases (ads) started to appear on my Word documents. My documents folder got all kinds of unkown items in it.  An Apple Procare employee deleted all of it, and called it a Trojan Horse.
Today on my iMac, the same message appeared.  I attempted to close the box and got a message saying that the update that I had downloaded would be installed on this computer the next time that I start Firefox.  I did a find search for Firefox, but nothing turned up except the application that I am currently using.

Reproducible: Didn't try

Comment 1

12 years ago
Automatic updates are probably on. It's good to upgrade your software, but this seems odd. What do you mean my "Click to add phrases (ads)"? Did advertisments start appearing on your Word documents?

I'm not even sure that Firefox could interact with Word:Mac...
Reporter, do you still see this problem with the latest Firefox 2? If not, can you please close this bug as WORKSFORME. Thanks!
Severity: critical → normal
Whiteboard: CLOSEME 07/05
Version: unspecified → 1.5.0.x Branch
Last Resolved: 11 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
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