I never knew this about Firefox!

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by ratchet, Feb 22, 2009.

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  1. ratchet

    ratchet Registered Member

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    "If you browse with Firefox 3, you've got added protection. The browser scans downloads--using your own anti-virus software--before it lets you get to the file."

    I knew it all along :shifty:
     
  3. firzen771

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    yes it does scan with ur AV, but its pretty useless IMO since any AV should scan the files automatically anyways.
     
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    ... but only on execution? :shifty:
     
  5. firzen771

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    not if ur AV is set to scan on write which a lot are.
     
  6. ola nordmann

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    I think almost all AVs scan when saving a file as well. Just try downloading EICAR Test-virus with your favourite AV, and I'm pretty sure it will be detected immediately.

    Personally I fint most functions like these pretty useless (unless you dont have realtime scanning in your AV), and they just slow things down. Thankfully it can be disabled.
     
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    The "scanWhenDone" option is one of the options I disable right away after installing Firefox. IMHO, it slows down the process of saving a file, especially with big files.
     
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    Do you know what to disable to make FF load faster? I only use a handful of extensions, and it takes about 17 seconds on the initial loading after I boot up. Loading FF in Sandboxie is rediculous at about 25 seconds. (but it's worth the wait. After it loads it's fast.
     
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    Some "Scan HTTP traffic - scans all objects entering the user's computer via HTTP protocol." if you set them to do that :D
     
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    Useless for me since my AV doesn't scan within compressed files that firefox downloads. Anyone else notice this?
     
  11. arran

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    How do you turn off the FF3 virus scan? I can't find that setting any where
     
  12. normishmael

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    Yes,go to the URL bar and type in "about:config" without the quotes.
    hit enter,and you will get a screen that say "This might void your warranty"
    Click the box that says "I will be carefull."
    Scroll down to: browser.downloadmanger.scanWhenDone.
    right click on this line and click toggle,and see that the entry at the end of the string has changed from "true" to "false"
    That's it. Your done.
     
  13. arran

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    aha thx normishmael I didn't think of looking in the about config settings
     
  14. normishmael

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    No problem!
    Yeah,I turn it off.
    It is one of those "Splendid Solutions to a Non-existant Problem"
    things.
     
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    Please be more specific in future titles. It saves a lot of people a lot of useless reading.
     
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    Thanks normishmael Good Info.

    I like the last Line in Your Sig..
     
  17. ratchet

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    Honestly though, I just timed the scan of an 12.8Mb Windows Defender download with my cell - 1.27 seconds and I'm not sure it even took that long. Oh yeh, and it was sandboxed, if that could slow it down.
     
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