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What is it? How did I get it? I am assuming is spyware/malware and I should get rid of it.

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What add-ons do you have installed? – random Jul 16 '09 at 1:05
see my comment @Daniel below – user2103 Jul 16 '09 at 1:07
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It's Google Reader Notifier. The latest version has spam.

Source: Beware! Google Reader Notifier for Firefox Is Now Crapware (also contains instructions on how to remove it)

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No way.. crazy! – user2103 Jul 16 '09 at 1:15

Did you look in Addon's from the Tools menu?

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Yes, it seems to look clean. Extensions: Delicious; Google Reader Notifier; MS .Net 1.1. Plugins:Office, Acrobat,Default, Quicktime, Shockwave, Silverlight, WPF. – user2103 Jul 16 '09 at 1:06
I'll try disabling each extension and see if one of them is responsible for it. – user2103 Jul 16 '09 at 1:07
I disabled Google Reader Notifier, then restarted, now its gone... I renabled Google Reader Notifier, restarted, its still gone. I wonder if it will come back. – user2103 Jul 16 '09 at 1:09

My first guess is that this is an addon. Go to Tools > Add-Ons and look for any add-ons that you don't want installed. Try disabling any suspicious add-ons, then restarting to see if it fixes the problem. If it does, then you can go back to the add-ons window and uninstall that one. Otherwise, you can reenable the add-on.

If you can be sure that it's not an add-on, you may have a bad copy of Firefox. Firefox is open source, so it's entirely possible that you downloaded a modified version from somewhere on the web. You may wish to delete your copy of Firefox and download a sure-to-be-valid copy from If you wish, you can make a backup of your firefox profile, to easily make your new copy seem like your old one (hopefully without the ad!). You can learn about this at

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check if you have FireSaver installed as an addon, it has spam

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