Web page took over Firefox

Schiz0 schiz0phrenic21 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 16:18:58 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 12:12 PM, Kipton Moravec <kip at kdream.com> wrote:
> Made a mistake and hit a link I should not have. It was the first one on
> a google search.
> http://www.geocities.com/sammiestuart22/woodenalphabetblocks/embesseling-money.html
> It popped up a message window asking to install "Antivirus 2008" and
> would not let me close the Firefox window, change the URL, or cancel the
> install window. I could not change to another tab. I could go to another
> Firefox window.
> While it looks like a Windows Virus, or something, how come it is able
> to take over firefox and keep me from closing it or changing to a new
> URL?
> I thought Ubuntu helped prevent this crap from happening.
> I either have to find the process and kill it or reboot.
> Is there a GUI way to stop it? I have 8.04 LTS.
> Kip

That's most likely javascript, which runs inside pretty much every
browser. Use a firefox extension such as NoScript in order to block
javascript on unknown pages.


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