Anyhow, every now and then Mozilla Firefox takes a dive on me. Actually, it takes a dive on me fairly often, but I close down the process with Task Manager and can usually go right back in.
Not this time.
Less often, Firefox takes a dive but then when I click on the icon, it simply won’t load.
The fix, I have found, is to download and reinstall Firefox.
Okay, it’s free, and you get what you pay for.
Well, this time. Fat old lady, didn’t pay attention to where she was clicking to access Mozilla, and I got a pretend Mozilla instead. You know, there a ton of places saying you can get Firefox download from free and those sites should be avoided like the plague. Because they’ll give you the plague.
So I do the download and start the install, and I start seeing very strange shit. I immediately worry that I had done exactly what I had done. Cancel the install. But the damage was done.
I spent a good part of the rest of the day trying to get viruses off my computer. Technically, according to the web, these are not actually viruses, they are programs that act like viruses.
I don’t’ care what you call them, they were fucking up my computer.
I did searches and found the first one “conduit” and how to remove it. Did that.
Then another one came up, “searchresults.” Removed that.
Then another one came up, “gim.mapoti.” Removed that.
Then another one came up, “bestmarkit.” Removed that.
All done! Yay. Except then I found that not only were these affecting my Mozilla. They were fucking with Chrome and Internet Explorer. So I had to go into all three of my browsers and clean those up.
I am kind of proud that I figured out how to divest my computer of these viruses. On the other hand, I feel incredibly stupid for making such a dumb, dumb, dumb mistake.
Be careful out there.