What is the Mozilla Maintenance Service?
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Firefox and Thunderbird install an optional service called the Mozilla Maintenance Service. This service allows application updates to occur in the background, without requiring you to click yes in the Windows User Account Control (UAC) dialog.
How does the Mozilla Maintenance Service work?When Firefox or Thunderbird downloads an application update, the Mozilla Maintenance Service gets permission from Windows to allow the update to be applied, without requiring you to click yes in the Windows User Account Control (UAC) dialog. Until that time, the service doesn't run so it doesn't use any computer resources and, once the update process begins, the service quits.
Want more technical details? Check out the Mozilla wiki.
Disabling the Mozilla Maintenance Service
If you'd like to be prompted to authorize updates, you can disable the Mozilla Maintenance Service in Firefox as follows:
- Click the menu button and choose . .
- Click the panel.
- Click the tab. The update options are displayed.
- Uncheck the box next to Use a background service to install updates.
- Click to close the Options window.Close the about:preferences page.
Uninstalling the Mozilla Maintenance Service
You can uninstall the Mozilla Maintenance Service from your computer, if you wish.
- (Windows XP): See How to change or remove a program in Windows XP at Microsoft Support.
- (Windows 7 and Vista): See Microsoft's article, Uninstall or change a program.
- (Windows 8 and 8.1): See Microsoft's article, Uninstall, change or repair a program.
- (Windows 10): See Microsoft's article, Repair or remove programs.