The Firefox browser is quite a popular one, with millions of netizens across the world preferring to use the browser to access the internet.
Mozilla releases periodical updates to Firefox every now and then, but some unscrupulous elements seem to have taken advantage of the browser’s popularity to administer adware to unsuspecting users.
A page appears with the message “Update for Firefox 57.0” and it goes on to say that a manual update is “required for antivirus for Firefox.”
This is a scam alert, and if you fall prey and click on the page, it will redirect you to some unrelated advertisements.
This is an unwanted program that has found its way into your system, and you must get rid of it without any delay.
Here’s how you can remove the adware from your system.
Steps to Remove “Update for Firefox 57.0” Scam Alert
- You must first shut down your computer and reboot it to begin the removal process. Therefore, you should first close all running programs.
- If you have an alternate system or a mobile device where you can read the step-by-step guide, then you should pull it up that way.
- Otherwise, you may want to print out the instructions before shutting down your computer.
- On rebooting, if you see the “Update for Firefox 57.0” Scam Alert page again, click the Ctrl, Alt and Delete keys together to open up the Task Manager dialogue box.
- The Windows Task Manager will appear, in which it may show the Applications tab. You must click on the tab next to it, “Processes.”
- At the bottom, there will be a button that says, “Show processes from all users” and from the list displayed, you will have to select the offending item and click the “End Process” button.
- Following, the Task Manager will bring up a confirmation box and you will have to choose the “End Process” button again to confirm. This will end the current process and the offending browser will close.
- Ensure that the last opened page option in the browser setting is off and a fresh page to be opened is ticked.
Your next move is to ensure that the Update for Firefox 57.0” Scam Alert does not revisit your system either by the same route as it did before or by a new way.
- For this, you will have to download a suitable anti-malware program or software and install it on your system. These programs come with their own menu-driven guides to help you make a proper installation.
- The usual queries—such as, whether you want to make changes to your computer, etc.—will be asked and you need to click “Yes” to proceed to the next step.
- The anti-malware program that you install will generally do a quick scan of your system as soon as its installation is complete.
- It will then inform you if any anomalies have been found. If it does not do the scan automatically, you can always choose the “Scan now” option to have your system scanned thoroughly for any unwanted program including the Update for Firefox 57.0” Scam Alert.
- The normal process of presenting a report at the end of the scan will be followed, and if any files have been found to be affected, you can “quarantine” them and close the anti-malware software’s dialogue box.
Your system should now be free of any undesirable viruses, including the Update for Firefox 57.0” Scam Alert.
Though you may feel secure with the steps so far, there may be a need to double-check that there are indeed no lurking dangers or malicious programs that the anti-malware might have missed. This does happen at times.
There are dedicated programs that take care of such situations. It is something akin to taking a second opinion in a health condition, where people consult with a second specialist after obtaining opinion from one.
There are possibilities that the new program, once downloaded and installed, will scan your computer and give it a clean chit.
You should feel happy and satisfied with such a situation. There are also chances it might detect more malware and present a report. You should be able to remove them and be free of worries.
You may find that even if the type of adware as seen above in the case of Firefox were to make an entry, it will be blocked by these anti-malware programs. You will then receive an alert and a report that the attempt has been foiled.
You can now use the Firefox browser without being concerned about the Update for Firefox 57.0” Scam Alert.
And if you wish to go back to some of the settings you had previously chosen with the browser, you can do so or just choose to leave it to the default settings.
Firefox users had faced several bugs earlier, like tabs and windows abruptly crashing.
But Mozilla has managed to rectify most of these bugs to improve the browser’s functioning.
If you’ve followed the steps in this guide, the removal of the “Update for Firefox 57.0” Scam Alert stands accomplished.
If your computer data is very sensitive and you work on critical information, you may want to buy or download an efficient anti-malware program as well, in addition to the process described above.
This way, your computer is even more secure and free of any viruses.