Firefox- possible spyware?

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  1. Westside
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    My firefox always seem to start up with windows 7, I can easily kill it and things. I don't think it is a spyware, as I monitor my system with process explorer and autoruns. It is also not a fake version of firefox.exe as some installation files that require me to close the browser requires me to terminate that process before continuing... anyone have any ideas?
     
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    Try going to Start -> All Programs -> Startup. Check if FireFox is there. That might be the reason why. If FireFox is there, delete it if you wish.
     
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    Press Start, then type "msconfig" without the quotes.
    Click on the Startup tab, then look for Firefox and uncheck it.
     
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    It's a bit more complex than that. I use autoruns to monitor my registry contents, and under any configuration of start up, it does not include firefox.exe. I do however, think that firefox being at start up has something to do with another program inducing it, or some program calling it as I start it. There are no suspicious startup files also, they are all from legit companies that either makes drivers (nVidia, etc.) or programs (Adobe, etc.)
     
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    What website does it go to when it starts up?
    And I'm pretty sure if you disabled everything on the msconfig Startup (and maybe Services too), then it will not automatically start-up anymore.
    So you have some work to do figuring out which program it is that's causing the problem.
     
  6. Westside
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    Well, firefox is clean, no URL misleads, the homepage is google. There are no suspicious threads associated with the process.