Search Support

Avoid support scams. We will never ask you to call or text a phone number or share personal information. Please report suspicious activity using the “Report Abuse” option.

Learn More

How can I stop Firefox 4.01 from prompting me to update to beta 5.0? I want to stay with a stable release.

  • 4 replies
  • 17 have this problem
  • 19 views
  • آخر ردّ كتبه cor-el

more options

I was a beta tester for Firefox 4, but I want to stay with stable releases that are compatible with my plugins for now. Each time I start Firefox 4.01, it pompts me to update to beta 5.0, which it refers to as an important security and stability update. I believe 4.01 is the most up-to-date general release, and I'd like Firefox to stop prompting me to update to a beta.

Chosen solution

It is possible that you are still on the beta update channel if you ever installed a Firefox 4 beta version or a release candidate.

You can check that by looking at the pref app.update.channel on the about:config page.

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.
You can use the Filter bar at to top of the about:config page to locate a pref more easily.

If the value of that pref is beta then it is better to download and install the latest Firefox 4.0.x release.

Download a new copy of the Firefox program and save the DMG file to the desktop

  • Trash the current Firefox application to do a clean (re-)install
  • Install the new version that you have downloaded

Your profile data is stored elsewhere in the Firefox Profile Folder, so you won't lose your bookmarks and other personal data.

Read this answer in context 👍 2

All Replies (4)

more options

Chosen Solution

It is possible that you are still on the beta update channel if you ever installed a Firefox 4 beta version or a release candidate.

You can check that by looking at the pref app.update.channel on the about:config page.

To open the about:config page, type about:config in the location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key, just like you type the url of a website to open a website.
If you see a warning then you can confirm that you want to access that page.
You can use the Filter bar at to top of the about:config page to locate a pref more easily.

If the value of that pref is beta then it is better to download and install the latest Firefox 4.0.x release.

Download a new copy of the Firefox program and save the DMG file to the desktop

  • Trash the current Firefox application to do a clean (re-)install
  • Install the new version that you have downloaded

Your profile data is stored elsewhere in the Firefox Profile Folder, so you won't lose your bookmarks and other personal data.

more options

Thanks cor-el, your response was right on!

more options

Firefox 5 was released a couple of hours ago, it is longer a "beta" version as when you first posted a week ago.

more options

That won't help.
If you are on the beta release channel then you only get the latest beta (currently 5.0b7) and not the latest current 5.0 release.