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Old 12-08-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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Linux/Ubuntu 10.10 Firefox version 8 message "Server not found"

I was happy in a pig in "mud" as a newbie since I got Ubuntu to work, that is until my Ubuntu/Firefox got (I guess) a virus.

I had installed Ubuntu 10.04 with Firefox months ago and was happy using it for my wife/girlfriend's email. Then it got (I believe) a virus and emails got screwed up. At that time I received word that version 10.10 was available so I downloaded and installed it. My thinking was this would get rid of the virus and solve the email problem -it did not - in fact it got worse.

Current problems are as follows:
1) When starting Firefox I get Message 'Server not Found' and can go no further
This happens whatever address I use. i.e. or
2) GET Repeated requests for Super User password
3) Repeated request for network (router) password - i USE ATT U verse's router/MODEM

I need help determining how to resolve:
- Is there Antivirus software for Ubuntu/firefox where can I find it/them.

- I suppose the network is intact and that my problem lies in fixing Firefox -- or could
any other component be at risk? A windows PC on the same network is able to access
the internet.

- Are there settings I need to make or adjust?
- Because I cannot get on the network from Ubuntu I cannot download Firefox. So how do I
approach this. Can I download to a Win7 PC to a CD and later transfer to

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Old 12-08-2011, 04:48 PM   #2
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First of all, you don't have a virus. Second of all, you don't have a virus.
GET Repeated requests for Super User password
What do you mean by this? What are you doing to have this happen?
Old 12-09-2011, 03:26 PM   #3
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Emails, not initiated by me, had been going out from my PC to many of those in my ATT/Yahoo address book.
Also many undeliverable messages come back to ATT Mail in-box via Firefox some who too are in my email contact list -which I assume were sent from there as well.
Recipients say that a "virus" was contained in the message sent from this machine -OR-it could be- the fact that many duplicate messages were received may be interpreted as such.
So what could be the reason for duplicate messages sent.

Moving to another (Windows PC) seems to have solved the mail "Problem". The Ubuntu PC is still unable to connect with the internet.

Repeated requests for SU Password:________________________
I start Firefox and immediately get message "server not found"
Then a message appears asking for Authenticating Code and another for Super User (I do not remember what order)
I respond to one and the other ... a loop.

I suspect that my ignorance is interfering with establishing a Firefox-internet connection.

I'll go back and take notes on sequence of messages and responses.

Thanks for your reply,

Fromthebronx/David Barth

Last edited by Fromthebronx; 12-09-2011 at 03:28 PM.


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