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Bring back the option to disable updates

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Ok. I'm about ready to vote with my feet. I've been on Firefox for years. But I'm tired of updates every week or two - and annoying reminders several times a day. This is beyond intrusive.

Please:

1) Cut down on the number of useless, unnecessary updates.

2) Give the option to disable them.

Ok. I'm about ready to vote with my feet. I've been on Firefox for years. But I'm tired of updates every week or two - and annoying reminders several times a day. This is beyond intrusive. Please: 1) Cut down on the number of useless, unnecessary updates. 2) Give the option to disable them.

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WestEnd
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AFAIK even if you choose not it will update. There are ways to stop or prevent this but user are prohibited from mentioning this or helping with this.

AFAIK even if you choose not it will update. There are ways to stop or prevent this but user are prohibited from mentioning this or helping with this.

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Thanks! I've been a loyal Firefox user for a long time. But at a certain point, it's just a tool - if it starts interfering with my workflow, it's time to find another tool.

Shame, though.

Thanks! I've been a loyal Firefox user for a long time. But at a certain point, it's just a tool - if it starts interfering with my workflow, it's time to find another tool. Shame, though.
jscher2000
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If you keep Firefox open most of the time, I would think you wouldn't get more than one reminder a day. That said, I seldom postpone an update more than 2 days in a row, so maybe it gets more frequent if you delay for a longer time.

Major releases are about 6 to 8 weeks apart. Interim updates are unfortunately necessary sometimes to address severe crashing issues or a security problem. On average, I think you could expect about two updates a month. If you're curious, check the release notes index: https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/releases/


Here in support we work with the Firefox we have today and can suggest relevant features, settings changes, and workarounds. If that doesn't meet your needs, you can submit comments and suggestions through one or more of the following links:


If you can't tolerate reminders and you will be diligent about checking for updates:

As part of its increased Enterprise support, there is now an option to block Firefox from checking for updates via an external Policy file. This was designed for companies that manage updates centrally, and not for people who would allow their software to fall behind and become vulnerable to attacks from the web.

For details, see:

Users who have tested this approach report it is a complete block: Firefox cannot discover updates even if you click the button in the About Firefox dialog.

For your security, please monitor the release notes index page for new releases, or subscribe to updates from a site that keeps up with Firefox news:

If you keep Firefox open most of the time, I would think you wouldn't get more than one reminder a day. That said, I seldom postpone an update more than 2 days in a row, so maybe it gets more frequent if you delay for a longer time. Major releases are about 6 to 8 weeks apart. Interim updates are unfortunately necessary sometimes to address severe crashing issues or a security problem. On average, I think you could expect about two updates a month. If you're curious, check the release notes index: https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/releases/ ---- Here in support we work with the Firefox we have today and can suggest relevant features, settings changes, and workarounds. If that doesn't meet your needs, you can submit comments and suggestions through one or more of the following links: * Feedback: https://qsurvey.mozilla.com/s3/FirefoxInput/ * Discourse: https://discourse.mozilla.org/c/firefox-development * Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/ * Twitter: https://twitter.com/firefox * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Firefox ---- ''If you can't tolerate reminders and you will be diligent about checking for updates:'' As part of its increased Enterprise support, there is now an option to block Firefox from checking for updates via an external Policy file. This was designed for companies that manage updates centrally, and not for people who would allow their software to fall behind and become vulnerable to attacks from the web. For details, see: * [[Customizing Firefox Using policies.json]] * https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates/blob/master/README.md (look for DisableAppUpdate) Users who have tested this approach report it is a complete block: Firefox cannot discover updates even if you click the button in the About Firefox dialog. For your security, please monitor the release notes index page for new releases, or subscribe to updates from a site that keeps up with Firefox news: * https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/releases/ * https://www.ghacks.net/category/firefox/