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24-Mar-2010, 05:10 PM #1
Message on Firefox - what to do
Every time I try to open Firefox I get this window : "do you want to allow the following programme (meaning Mozilla Firefox) to make changes to your computer". Should I press yes or no ?I have been pressing No. I have windows 7 and am not technical at all, so a simple answer please! If this is some type of virus, please recommend another search engine I could use instead of Firefox and I will delete it.
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24-Mar-2010, 05:22 PM #2
Check that you do not run Firefox as Administrator.
Right-click the Firefox desktop shortcut and choose "Properties".
In the Compatibility tab, make sure that "Run as Administrator" is not selected.
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24-Mar-2010, 06:12 PM #3
Thanks I have checked and Run as Administrator was not checked.
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24-Mar-2010, 06:24 PM #4
1. Access User Control Panel from Start Menu -> Control Panel -> User Accounts and Family Safety -> User Account

2. Click on User Account Control settings link

3. Move the Slider to Never Notify

4. Click OK to make the change effective

5. Reboot.

Does it still happen?
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24-Mar-2010, 06:36 PM #5
As soon as I do this and press OK, the same window comes up on top again. I just press the red cross. I have to log off now, I will be in touch again tomorrow. Thanks for your answers so far !
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24-Mar-2010, 06:37 PM #6
I've read that this is pretty common with Windows 7 and Firefox.

We'll touch base tomorrow. And maybe we should check for any possible viruses/malware.
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24-Mar-2010, 07:07 PM #7
It's likely a Firefox update. What version do you have? When you click on the Help menu what does it say about updates--maybe something about update pending or downloaded?
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24-Mar-2010, 07:10 PM #8
Firefox has definitely had a lot of updates lately.
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Well I have uninstalled Mozilla and tried to reinstall. I can't find the logo anywhere or even Mozilla in my Programmes. Then when it has installed (do I press Run or Save by the way ?) I get the same message : Do you want to allow the following programme (meaning Mozilla Firefox) to make changes to your computer... then I press the red cross and lose Mozilla altogether ! What is happening ? Is there another search engine I could use instead ?? something easy with bookmarks and where I can clear my search history. Thanks all.
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25-Mar-2010, 10:50 AM #10
With Windows Vista and 7 Microsoft finally added some security, along with the firewall added in XP, to help fend off malware. It is called the User Account Control (UAC). If you can't stand it, set it to its lowest setting, which is pretty much "off." Otherwise, when you try to do something, such as install or update an application, say 'yes' when UAC asks. Some people find the need for this additional click to be very irritating; I like the extra security. When that question pops up unexpectedly it may mean that malware is trying to install itself, so you should say 'no' until you can figure out what's going on.

Firefox, IE, Chrome, SeaMonkey, Safari, Opera and all the other browsers you can use are not search engines. IE8 is already bundled into Windows 7, so you do not need to install it. Any other browser you install will require you to confirm to UAC that you initiated the action unless you turn UAC off.

The default search engine with Firefox is Google; with IE8 it is Bing. Here is a List of search engines.
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