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Author Topic: Am I infected? "adblock shield light" (for Firefox)  (Read 786 times)

Curt

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Am I infected? "adblock shield light" (for Firefox)
« on: November 27, 2015, 06:31:51 PM »
Two days ago an extension wanted to install itself on my computer: "adblock shield light 1.3.9" for Firefox. I have Adblock but this was adblock, (not a big 'A'), so I hesitated and went searching for clues on the Internet as to what it was. I've found nothing, but I got curious, so I made a backup and installed it anyway. To my surprise there are no informations about it in Addons; Firefox 42 > Tools > Addons > "More", leads to nothing but the name! I don't understand how it can be version 1.3.9 and be unknown. However, I am not scared (at least not yet), because I have not seen any difference in my computer (32-bits laptop Win 10 Pro)'s performance, and "no malware was found".

But the situation itself keeps nagging me: Where the heck does this little addon come from? Adblock doesn't mention such a thing, and the Internet in general claims it to be unknown! Maybe it has nothing to do with Adblock, and maybe it has. I don't know. Do you? Am I infected? No, of course not.

adblock shield light, anyone?  :tellme:
« Last Edit: November 27, 2015, 08:02:12 PM by Curt »

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Re: Am I infected? "adblock shield light" (for Firefox)
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2015, 02:04:03 PM »
It is odd Curt -- this is the only result if I search for "adblock shield light 1.3.9" or "adblock shield".
Dont want to make you paranoid, but I wouldnt be too sure about not having a virus -- or something in that direction.

Might it not be better to just do a system restore and pretend it never happened?
 :tellme: :)
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Re: Am I infected? "adblock shield light" (for Firefox)
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2015, 05:17:14 PM »
no worries, Tom, it was a harmless, very old, adscript for pages - and has gone. But it took me quite a while to understand the language the coder was using. You know, normal English in a foreign way!
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Re: Am I infected? "adblock shield light" (for Firefox)
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2015, 04:13:19 PM »
I've found nothing, but I got curious, so I made a backup and installed it anyway.
That's a pretty great way to get your system infected :)
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