[SOLVED] facebook redirects to socialfreebies (firefox only)

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[SOLVED] facebook redirects to socialfreebies (firefox only)

Postby pokemoncatdog on Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:35 am

Sorry if in wrong forum!

I am using Linux Mint 8 and Firefox 3.5.8 (Firefox for Linux Mint - 1.0), when I get the redirect. I just test it using opera and chrome and no redirect. THE REDIECT is only in Firefox! I LOVE Firefox, but I think I will use chrome until this is fixed. :!: :?:

In Firefox I go to facebook.com and get redirected to http://socialfreebies.com/?so and then exited to tab I get the error "Are you sure you want to navigate away form this page? WAIT! Click Cancel to Get the NEW Facebook Toolbar! Press OK to Cancel to stay on the current page."

"Cancel" will open this page "http://sp.ask.com/socialmini/socialminitb.php?tb=FB-OD&trackID=epc-261" "OK" will exit the tab.

Also in Firefox if I google facebook and open facebook using google I can get to it just like that. I only get redirected when I try to go to facebook form the address bar.
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Re: Facebook facebook redirects to socialfreebies (firefox o

Postby beefstu on Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:48 pm

Its probably better fitted into the Software & Applications category as its not a bug

I would imagine you've picked up a virus in Firefox (Linux is NOT immune!)

The best way to get rid of it is to completely reinstall Firefox - this will loose you favorites and bookmarks etc.

Goto package manager, find firefox-3.5, click the green box and select mark for complete removal then click apply.

Once thats done, find firefox-3.5 again and click the box then mark for installation then apply

this should help you!
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Re: Facebook facebook redirects to socialfreebies (firefox o

Postby pokemoncatdog on Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:54 pm

(Linux is NOT immune!)
I KNOW! I will try reinstalling Firefox. After using chrome for a bit, I found it to be better then Firefox. I think I will keep using chrome for now.
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Re: Facebook facebook redirects to socialfreebies (firefox o

Postby vincent on Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:11 am

You don't have to do a complete re-install of Firefox. However, what you do have to do is to go into your Home folder, press CTRL + H to show all hidden folders, and delete the ".mozilla" folder. That will essentially delete all your bookmarks, extensions, configurations, etc., but it'll save you the hassle of having to re-install Firefox through Synaptic. The next time you open Firefox, it'll create a new profile for you.

The next best idea is to get a virus scanner, like ClamAV (available in the repos), and scan your entire Home folder. As far as I know, everything under "/" is read-only without root access with the exception of "/home", so as long as you're running as a normal user, your system should not have been compromised unless you did something stupid with root access, but your Home folder may still be contaminated since viruses that enter your system would have read and write access to that folder, so once you get ClamAV, update the virus definitions, and preferably grab Clamtk (the GUI front-end) if you're uncomfortable running a virus scanner from the Terminal, and scan your Home folder recursively. Delete anything nasty that pops up, and you should be good to go.
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Re: Facebook facebook redirects to socialfreebies (firefox o

Postby reign.santiago2 on Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:21 am

This is right and you might reinstall your fire fox completely so you would not suffer anymore the same problem I encountered before. Just follow what he has said. You'll see your problem will go away.
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