How to Remove Superfish from Firefox

Posted on September 16, 2012 - read

While I was building a website a few days back I noticed that when I was refreshing the page to check my changes, Firefox was trying to get data from the website ‘superfish.com’ (you can check by looking in the bottom left of the Firefox window while a page is loading.)

This got me pretty worried because I was working on a local website (not on the internet), so immediately I thought some sort of malicious software could have somehow gotten on to my system, or in to my WordPress install.

After a little bit of investigation it turned out that a lot of people were associating it with certain Firefox plugins, however they were not plugins I used…more panic!

My solution to removing Superfish from Firefox was to go through each of the plugins I was running and disable them one-by-one, and then reload the page I was working on. It turned out that it was one of the plugins I had installed so the panic was over and I removed it.

If you are having the same problem and aren’t happy about it go to Tools > Add ons > Extensions and disable them one-by-one to see which plugin it is that’s getting the data.

Hope that helps!

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  • Marykonety

    Superfish is Spyware!!!

    • http://tomdurkin.me Tom Durkin

      Hi there, yes I didn’t like the look of it so that’s why I set about removing it. I think plugin authors must be able to profit of it somehow.

      Thanks for leaving a comment

  • http://blog.unambiguous.info/ Unambiguous

    Chances are it’s either “IE Tab Plus” or “IE View” plugins. IE View plugin even has “Use price comparison” option in its settings.

    • http://tomdurkin.me Tom Durkin

      Yeah there seems to be a way they can make money out of having this as part of their plugin. Really spammy if you ask me!

  • http://vienhoang.com/ VH

    Hi Tom,

    thanks for sharing this article. I notice that I also got this adware Superfish once I tried out Firefox to see some browser compatibilities for some website that I made. For me it was an extension called “Vaudix 1.3″, I don’t know how it got there and was hard to get Superfish removed, since I didn’t know you have to restart the browser after disabling an extension first :)

    thanks, great looking website btw :D

    • http://tomdurkin.me Tom Durkin

      Thanks! Glad you managed to get it removed. its definitely something you don’t want to have lurking behind your browser!