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September 23, 2018

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Will Aitchison

My laptop's Firefox was hijacked a few days ago. Four windows popped up, two seeking a username and a password and two purportedly from Microsoft warning me that I'd been infected by a virus and urging me to call an 800 number for assistance.

I didn't do any of that, of course. Instead, I tried to shut down Firefox, but it wouldn't close. I turned to Task Manager, shut it down, only to have the pages reappear when I launched Firefox again. Trend Micro couldn't find any viruses, and restarting and shutting down the computer had no impact.

I switched over to Chrome, which wasn't infected, downloaded the trial version of MalwareBytes, and it found and quarantined the four critters lurking in the system. I gladly then paid the $39 for the full version of MalwareBytes, and haven't had a problem since.

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