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Tabs are mysteriously appearing in a Firefox browser. This could be a miss-set homepage, or perhaps pop-ups.
I'm using the latest Mozilla Firefox on Windows XP Home Edition. Continually, although not always, the following link appears out of nowhere in the tab section when I open the browser (he gives me the URL). I went to this site once and never opened it again. I don't need this site, but it's there as a tab. It has something to do with University of Massachusetts.
In this excerpt from "Answercast #14, I look at several reasons why a second tab may be popping up in your browser window and how to get rid of it.
There are two possible things that come to mind on this particular instance. I believe it's possible that you have more than one page set as your homepage.
Most people don't realize this, but most of the tabbed browsers these days actually allow you to specify multiple pages, separated by semi-colons, as the homepage. Those are the pages that come up automatically when you open your browser or possibly when you click on the Home button.
The thing to do is go into your browser's options and verify that the homepage or start page is set to the URL that you expect.
I actually have an article on the site about making sure you're setting the homepage to the page you want it to be. So I would direct you there.
The other thing that comes to mind is: if this is happening when you visit some other site (this second tab appears), the other site you are visiting may have some kind of advertising network that's throwing a pop-up into a tab.
I've seen this on some sites that I visit regularly. They throw an advertisement into a pop-up window that Firefox's (and a couple of other browser's) pop-up blockers can't actually block.
So I would pay attention to exactly when this page is showing up. If it's showing immediately on opening your browser, I would make sure that the homepage setting you have configured is what you think it is.
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