Got a shock this morning when, as a result of clicking the CameraLabs "login" link, I was told I had a chance to win an iPhone. Turns out there's a Firefox/Chrome extension called BetterSurf to blame.
There's an excellent piece on how to remove it at The Craft Nerd here
. I've no idea how this software arrived on my PC - the only software installations I've done in the last few days are a Windows Update, a Firefox update, an Adobe Photoshop update and an Adobe Flash update. That last did come with the usual and very unwelcome offer to install McAfee, an option which has to be unchecked. I also did the same Firefox update on my Apple MacBook and BetterSurf wasn't installed there.
I did suffer an unexpected shutdown of Firefox yesterday. It seems as though this is a common occurrence when computers have been infected with this malware which raises a serious issue about the security of Firefox itself. The trouble is that if someone has discovered a way to trigger a Firefox stack overflow to install malware then it could happen even when visiting the most innocent of pages so long as that page is carrying the wrong advert from a third party.
All speculation on my part but if Firefox, still my preferred browser, or Chrome unexpectedly crash on you then remember this post and expect trouble!