I have to revise my previous post. I was able to contact my friend with the WinXP machine and we repeated what I did to my Win7 machine (I did as suggested in about:config
on his two entries and rebooted Firefox, and they were gone). However, the "fix" didn't work!
On every reboot of Firefox, the superfish entries just kept coming and coming and coming.
At this point, we rebooted FF into Safe Mode and determined that the superfish entries did NOT appear. This confirmed that some add-on(s) caused the problem. We then bit the bullet, made a list of his add-ons, and uninstalled all of them. In normal FF mode, one-by-one, we reinstalled most of his add-ons (leaving out ones he no longer wanted). At last we hit paydirt: the bad actor turned out to be SimilarWeb
, which bills itself as "SimilarWeb (http://www.similarsites.com/similarweb/
) - The Ultimate Discovery Tool - Discover without searching - SimilarWeb provides instant access to the best sites related to the one you are browsing! "
Success: Once we uninstalled this add-on, there were no more superfish "fishing expeditions" going on in his browser.
So now we have reference to three Firefox add-ons that install this superfish thing, all without asking and without a means of uninstalling: Window Shopper
, IE Tab Plus
, and SimilarWeb
. Is anyone vetting these Firefox add-ons? Is this the way of the future? Can we expect more and more of the same with FF add-ons?
Your comments would be appreciated. Until these questions are addressed in some way, I'll mark this thread "Unresolved".