How to Disable Redirects in Firefox
By Alan Sembera
When you browse the Web to find information or order a product, the last thing you need is to have your browser hijacked or redirected to the wrong website. Often, these redirects are caused by viruses or malware infecting your computer. If you use Firefox, you can prevent many of these redirects by adjusting your browser settings. You can configure Firefox to prompt you when a website attempts to redirect you to another page, giving you the option of canceling the redirect. For a long-term fix for redirects caused by malware, you may need to scan your PC for malicious software that has evaded detection by your antivirus software.
Click the "Tools" menu tab in your Firefox browser and select "Options."
Select "Advanced" from the list of options at the top of the window.
Check the box next to "Warn Me When Websites Try to Redirect or Reload the Page." Click "OK" the save the change.
Scan your computer for malware infections if the problem persists. Several free anti-malware programs are available on the Web. Since these programs are continually changing, you may need to try several before you find one that works (links in Resources). Only download programs recommended by a trusted source to avoid installing a fake security program that will do more harm than good.
Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.