firefox requires connection to *

Posted on 2012-08-28
Last Modified: 2012-09-02
Each time I launch firefox, my ESET firewall asks me if I would like to allow firefox.exe to connect to *

If I choose to block this connection, firefox will not allow me to browse any websites.

Internet Explorer does not require with connection to *

I understand that akamai technologies is a mirror site. But, is there a way to still use firefox without requiring this connection?

Question by:wn411
    LVL 7

    Expert Comment

    Tools - Options - Advanced Tab. Then click on the network tab in there. where is says connections hit settings. Make sure it is not trying to proxy through that web site for akami.

    Author Comment

    "No Proxy" is selected there.
    LVL 16

    Accepted Solution

    Firefox is checking for "updates" and also updating its list of "malicious sites".

    The Akamai site is actually a CDN (content delivery network) and Firefox is using this to ensure you download any updates from a physical location that is close to you.

    It is normal for browsers to do this - Internet Explorer simpy checks with Microsoft, Safari with Apple and obviously Chrome checks with Google.

    If you don't trust Firefox to download updates, then basically I would advise you not to use it.

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