Recently whenever I open Firefox I get a message in notification center. It's not always the same and it keeps changing. here is an example:

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It's not always this. It gives other messages too and when I click it it sends me to phishing sites. I don't know how I got it.

Could someone please help me get rid of it?
I tried Clam antivirus but it found nothing.

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    Go to Firefox Preferences, select the "Privacy & Security" panel, and go down to the "Permissions" section. Click the "Settings…" button next to Notifications" and check which sites are "allowed". Is there a dodgy-looking one? – pomsky Oct 17 at 22:28
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    Oh yeh there was one, I removed it. Thank you so much I didnt know where to look. Are there anyone i can secure it so i wont get such dodgy things? Thanjs – Anne Webster Oct 17 at 22:37
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    The permission is given by the user, maybe the website somehow tricked the user to do that. Another possibility is rogue extensions. – pomsky Oct 17 at 22:42
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    @AnneWebster could you name the website that was causing it, as an example? was it a "normal looking" domain or a quite obvious one? – cat Oct 18 at 0:28
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    Not that it matters to this question, but 18 is not an Ubuntu version. It's either 18.04 or 18.10. 04 and 10 are not minor versions, but the month it was released in (April or October), and 18 is the year. – Suppen Oct 18 at 12:53
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Keep calm, it looks like a mere phishing attempt with FUD. It seems some website(s) somehow tricked the user into giving permission for push notifications.

To fix this, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Firefox, click the "hamburger" menu button (three horizontal bars), and choose Preferences.
  2. Select the Privacy & Security panel and go down to the Permissions section.
  3. Click the "Settings..." button next to Notification and look for dodgy-looking websites which are "allowed".
  4. Select the website(s) and click "Remove Website".
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    I wonder if this also works in Chrome on Android. If yes, then that phishing site has better notifications than Google+. – Fabian Röling Oct 18 at 9:10
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    +1 for "hamburger menu" – SSight3 Oct 18 at 13:16
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    @SSight3 That is (almost) the commonly accepted Ux term. – Lightness Races in Orbit Oct 18 at 13:18
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit I never really knew what it was called, and as such, the circular issue of finding the name of 'button with lines', so the name reference is helpful for me. – SSight3 Oct 18 at 14:02
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    @SSight3 Someone has even come up with terms like kebab, döner, bento, and meatballs menu! But I must note that, of all these terms, only the hamburger and the kebab menu are commonly used, at least in my experience. – Fabio Turati Oct 18 at 23:28

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