Hey everyone! I got a problem with my Firefox browser that started yesterday, and was really weird. I'll describe in detail what happened. It's very strange and I've never seen anything like it before. So, here I go.
Yesterday, I clicked on my "Home" button in Firefox, only to find that my home page would not load. Instead of my home page, I got a warning in a foreign language that prompted me to install something, and it was a Firefox page, or at least it looked like one. I believe the language is Spanish. The icon of the item that I was supposed to install was an Adobe Flash icon or something very similar. I tried installing it, but nothing happened. Tried several times and nothing happened, nothing was installed. Here's the text of the page that wanted me to install the application (or whatever it was), and keep in mind, this was a Firefox page in a foreign language that was displayed instead of my Google home page. I got the following text on the page.
"Você está navegando na web com Firefox e seu Plugin de Segurança pode estar ultrapassado"
"Por favor, atualize para a versão mais recente para um melhor desempenho."
And below was the option to download the file, which is also in Spanish. The file itself is named "Atualizacao_v7.exe".
- the site I got yesterday when starting Firefox is the following (it no longer exists as of today, but this is the link, it gives the 404 error if you try to access it): http://www.google.com/update/up2.php
After this, two things started to happen. Today, I am able to go to my home page, and the page in the foreign language no longer shows up. However, there are two things that happen now with my Firefox browser, and I'll describe them now.
1. I occasionally get a message when going to some sites. The message is the following: "DNS Lookup for "www.youtube.com" failed. System.Net.Sockets.SocketException The requested name is valid, but no data of the requested type was found". This is the message I got when trying to access Youtube, however it happens with some other sites. Some sites will load if I try several times, some will not. Most will, as far as I have seen, but this occurs quite frequently. I also got this error with Google Chrome, but, only once, and it never showed up again. Could be it was a one off deal, so I'm not concerned about Chrome right now, but rather Firefox.
2. When accessing some sites (like gmail, youtube), it gives me the "This connection is untrusted" page, with the option of either "Get me out of here" or "Continue anyway". If I choose to continue, it gives me the option of adding the site as an exception so I can access it. If I do that, it does not load the usual layout of the page, but rather loads a white page with text and links on it that has the same contents as the original page. For example, instead of loading the usual Youtube layout on the screen with recommendations for videos etc, it will load a white page with the same contents, but the contents will be displayed as links and text (I'm not sure what is called, is it HTML or something, because I have no idea?). In addition, it will not let me play videos on youtube, so a site that was afflicted in this way is nearly useless for navigation. I am also not allowed to download Google chrome from my Firefox.
Here's the full text of the page that says that the connection is untrusted:
In any case, these are the 2 problems I am having with my Firefox browser, and it's making internet browsing a living hell for me. The page in the foreign language is gone and no longer shows up (you get a 404 error), but I am now left with the 2 problems I described above.
If anyone could shed some light on this, I would be very grateful, as I am not a computer wizard. I am using Windows 7 Ultimate as my OS, and the latest version of Firefox as well. My current browser is Google Chrome (downloaded via my laptop because I could not download it from my Firefox browser). This seems to mainly be an issue with Firefox.
Edited by confuzzled367, 16 August 2014 - 05:19 PM.