My favourite browser has been driving me crazy lately (forcing me to use Chrome on my Windows 10 laptop) and my last hope to be able to use Firefox again is to get s… (read more)
My favourite browser has been driving me crazy lately (forcing me to use Chrome on my Windows 10 laptop) and my last hope to be able to use Firefox again is to get some answers on this forum.
In the past, I'd already searched for help for another issue I had since last year - how to restore previous session when it's grayed out (I didn't want to lose all my tabs), and was very happy and relieved to find it thanks to answers to the questions from other users. I'm one of these persons who tends to have way too many tabs opened. And probably it's because of this huge overload of tabs that my Firefox doesn't work like it should. It would sometimes crash out of the blue, without any apparent reason (and sometimes after parts of pages becoming black and the browser menu flashing and disappearing), and even if it was closed normally, upon opening it again I would sometimes get a "Restore previous session" tab, which wouldn't do what it's supposed to (it would open only blank tabs), so I was manually copying the last good "previous.js" file, renaming it to "sessionstore.js" and putting in the FF profile folder. Oftentimes the browser would work perfectly for a week or 2 straight, and then it would start acting up again, so I had to start fixing it manually again.
But I have no idea what I can do (and IF I can do anything at all) to fix the issue I'm having with Firefox now. I'll describe it in detail below and attach screenshots.
Usually after launching the browser, I see the tabs as "New tab" ones only, I get an "Unresponsive script" warning (this has been happening very often since months - and sometimes it would take hours with "Unresponsive script" pop-ups from various tabs), then, after I click "Stop script", the tabs finally load. But since over a week something strange has been going on: all Firefox buttons are not active/clickable/responsive.
When I click the >, < or + buttons to scroll tabs or add a new one, there's no reaction.
When I click on the "List all tabs" arrow, instead of the whole list I get only "Undo Close Tab" and "New Container Tab" (and tiny arrows above and below them), but neither is responsive. When I click on any other visible tabs to switch to them, nothing happens either - I'm always on the same one.
When I click on the Menu or the Bookmarks icons, the drop-down lists don't appear at all, and when I only hover over them, I see "Open menu", but over the Bookmarks icon a tiny white rectangle appears (just like over the <, > and + buttons).
The Minimize, Restore Down and Close buttons don't work/react either. I can still minimize the window by clicking on the Firefox icon on the taskbar though. If I want to quit the browser, I can only do it from the FF icon on the taskbar (right-clicking on it and choosing the "Close window" from the list).
And when I right-click wherever on the currently opened tab, a very long list appears (not what I normally see, from what I remember).
The current tab however seems to be PARTLY responsive. It's opened on one Facebook post and I see the numbers changing when new notifications arrive (I can also give a "Like" or comment, so it seems to be working). When I clicked on the name of my friend there, it did open her page. But when I click on the "Go back one page" button, it doesn't go back. I can only click on active links (in this case it's pages or profiles names) and go to them, but never go back. However, if I roll over the Firefox button on the taskbar, I always see the title of the tab which was originally opened.
Ctrl click on any link to open it in a new tab doesn't do anything. I also can't close any tabs.
And when I type a new url in the address bar of this one seemingly working tab and hit "Enter" (also the refresh button), it doesn't take me there.
I'm frustrated and fed up with it to the point of forgetting Firefox once and for all. I have no idea what to do.
Is there a way to fix this strange error modifying some files in the Firefox folder? Or will I have to uninstall and re-install Firefox? I suppose that's the last resort, but I prefer to ask here first, because I wouldn't like to lose the (way too long) list of tabs I have (maybe I could still copy the old "previous.js" file, rename it to "sessionstore.js" and put in the profile folder of the newly installed FF, but perhaps it's THIS file that is corrupt and causing all this trouble).
I see that the latest Firefox update is dated Sept. 25th. This is the last time my browser actually worked (right before the update, I suppose), because the last "previous.js" file I copied was from that date.
I would be really grateful for any help!