The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the firefox.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.
The process known as Aurora or Waterfox or Minefield or Internet Explorer
belongs to software Adobe SVG Viewer or Mozilla Firefox or Adobe Flash Player Plugin or FoxyTunes for Firefox or Adobe Flash Player (version 10 ActiveX, 10 Plugin) or Adobe Flash Player ActiveX or Acoustica Effects Pack or Sibelius Scorch
by Mozilla (www.mozilla.org) or Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).
Description: Firefox.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The firefox.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in the "C:\Program Files" folder or in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder (usually C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\).
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 307,704 bytes (5% of all occurrences), 7,633,008 bytes and 100 more variants.
The firefox.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is digitally signed. Firefox.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You can uninstall Mozilla Firefox, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/new/ to update it, click on support.mozilla.com/en-US/home for support, or click on Mozilla Firefox in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as firefox.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Generic.2500867 (detected by BitDefender), and Generic.dx!goq (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the firefox.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with firefox. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.
Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the firefox.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.