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[solved] S3.amazonaws virus?
« on: September 07, 2018, 10:39:28 pm »
I was searching in Firefox for a legitimate copy/stream of the film 'Mahogany', and suddenly S3.amazonaws is my new best friend/browser hijacker.

It's asking me to install an "important Firefox update". Obviously it's scumware. I daren't click 'Don't allow',so I have no option but to shut down Firefox (I'm typing this in Chrome). When I re-open FF it's still there, surprise surprise.

Any ideas folks?

I'm running Xubuntu.

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Re: S3.amazonaws virus?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2018, 12:28:48 am »
I'm thinking uninstall FF then re-install it...

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Re: S3.amazonaws virus?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2018, 05:17:06 pm »
You could just rename the .mozilla folder to get a fresh start
Close Firefox then:
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mv ~/.mozilla ~/.mozilla-back
this will rename the folder and give you chance to start again

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Re: S3.amazonaws virus?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2018, 01:08:59 pm »
uninstalling/reinstalling FF won't help because that won't clear the profile directory.

Just do as SeZo suggests, with FF closed rename (or delete) the ~/.mozilla directory .. then when you start FF it will be back to defaults.
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Re: S3.amazonaws virus?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2018, 08:15:03 pm »
Thanks both,

However, I don't think I need to do anything. I reopened FF and while it was still loading I closed the tab with s3.amazonaws in it. Now it seems back to normal. Not the most aggressive browser hijacker!

Thanks for the help.

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