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FF 64.x How to DISABLE automatic updates

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Hi! Still STRUGGLING w/ FF (Vs. 64.0x) ... Each (UNwanted) update makes it worse so I want to DISABLE updates; or at least have the choice of whether or not I want to install them. I can AXS prefs.js but there are no text strings similar (exactly like) the examples online, here, etc....

I have: 'user_pref("app.update.enabled", false); ' which is already set to false so I’m not sure why I still get these updates?. PLEASE ADVISE. Thank you Signed a VERY disappointed Mozilla faithful.

HERE ARE THE DIRECTIVES FROM MY PREFS.JS (ALL RELATING TO "UPDATE")

user_pref("app.update.disable_button.showUpdateHistory", false); user_pref("app.update.download.attempts", 0); user_pref("app.update.elevate.attempts", 0); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.addon-background-update-timer", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.background-update-timer", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.blocklist-background-update-timer", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.browser-cleanup-thumbnails", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.experiments-update-timer", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.recipe-client-addon-run", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.search-engine-update-timer", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.services-settings-poll-changes", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.telemetry_modules_ping", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.xpi-signature-verification", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.service.enabled", false); user_pref("app.update.service.errors", 1);

P.S. I've used Mozilla based browsers and email clients ever since I started using PCs. I realize one gets what one pays for but, like most other S/W these days (ESPECIALLY MS WINDOWS 10) sit aeems we are the alpha testers. (“Volunteers” – despite not wanting to!) which holds VERY true for FF and Tbird. So I guess we are giving back indirectly.

Hi! Still STRUGGLING w/ FF (Vs. 64.0x) ... Each (UNwanted) update makes it worse so I want to DISABLE updates; or at least have the choice of whether or not I want to install them. I can AXS prefs.js but there are no text strings similar (exactly like) the examples online, here, etc.... I have: 'user_pref("app.update.enabled", false); ' which is already set to false so I’m not sure why I still get these updates?. PLEASE ADVISE. Thank you Signed a VERY disappointed Mozilla faithful. HERE ARE THE DIRECTIVES FROM MY PREFS.JS (ALL RELATING TO "UPDATE") user_pref("app.update.disable_button.showUpdateHistory", false); user_pref("app.update.download.attempts", 0); user_pref("app.update.elevate.attempts", 0); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.addon-background-update-timer", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.background-update-timer", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.blocklist-background-update-timer", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.browser-cleanup-thumbnails", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.experiments-update-timer", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.recipe-client-addon-run", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.search-engine-update-timer", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.services-settings-poll-changes", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.telemetry_modules_ping", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.lastUpdateTime.xpi-signature-verification", 10-digits); user_pref("app.update.service.enabled", false); user_pref("app.update.service.errors", 1); P.S. I've used Mozilla based browsers and email clients ever since I started using PCs. I realize one gets what one pays for but, like most other S/W these days (ESPECIALLY MS WINDOWS 10) sit aeems we are the alpha testers. (“Volunteers” – despite not wanting to!) which holds VERY true for FF and Tbird. So I guess we are giving back indirectly.

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McCoy
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vtanyav said

Each (UNwanted) update makes it worse so I want to DISABLE updates; or at least have the choice of whether or not I want to install them.

Hello vtanyav,

In Options => General, under "Firefox Updates" you can check : "check for updates but let you choose to install them" .....

''vtanyav [[#question-1248008|said]]'' <blockquote> Each (UNwanted) update makes it worse so I want to DISABLE updates; or at least have the choice of whether or not I want to install them. </blockquote> Hello vtanyav, In Options => General, under "Firefox Updates" you can check : "check for updates but let you choose to install them" .....
CapnBlack 0 solutions 1 answers

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Wikipedia has a list of all firefox versions and you can find the version that still allows you not too check or be notified of updates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox_version_history

you can use "find on page" keywords like "removed" or disabled

If anyone knows which version had the awesome add ons like user switcher/ downloading of videos/ music/ images off any page/ ad blocker and the screenshot entire page too png without scribble on. and options/ preferences with the tabs and turn off javascript/ images. that would be great...

Wikipedia has a list of all firefox versions and you can find the version that still allows you not too check or be notified of updates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox_version_history you can use "find on page" keywords like "removed" or disabled If anyone knows which version had the awesome add ons like user switcher/ downloading of videos/ music/ images off any page/ ad blocker and the screenshot entire page too png without scribble on. and options/ preferences with the tabs and turn off javascript/ images. that would be great...
cor-el
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@ vtanyav

What in particular are the problems with Firefox 65 and 64 that you are struggling with?

@ vtanyav What in particular are the problems with Firefox 65 and 64 that you are struggling with?
cor-el
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@ CapnBlack

Could you please start a new thread for your question?

Then you can provide more information like your operating system and installed extensions/plugins.

@ CapnBlack Could you please start a new thread for your question? Then you can provide more information like your operating system and installed extensions/plugins. *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/new *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/use-troubleshooting-information-page-fix-firefox

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McCoy said

vtanyav said
Each (UNwanted) update makes it worse so I want to DISABLE updates; or at least have the choice of whether or not I want to install them.

Hello vtanyav,

In Options => General, under "Firefox Updates" you can check : "check for updates but let you choose to install them" .....

Hi and thanks. I've done that - but I don't want FF to keep prompting me for updates. I prefer the old s/w where one has the "NEVER remind me" option - I will remember...

''McCoy [[#answer-1191727|said]]'' <blockquote> ''vtanyav [[#question-1248008|said]]'' <blockquote> Each (UNwanted) update makes it worse so I want to DISABLE updates; or at least have the choice of whether or not I want to install them. </blockquote> Hello vtanyav, In Options => General, under "Firefox Updates" you can check : "check for updates but let you choose to install them" ..... </blockquote> Hi and thanks. I've done that - but I don't want FF to keep prompting me for updates. I prefer the old s/w where one has the "NEVER remind me" option - I will remember...

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CapnBlack said

Wikipedia has a list of all firefox versions and you can find the version that still allows you not too check or be notified of updates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox_version_history you can use "find on page" keywords like "removed" or disabled If anyone knows which version had the awesome add ons like user switcher/ downloading of videos/ music/ images off any page/ ad blocker and the screenshot entire page too png without scribble on. and options/ preferences with the tabs and turn off javascript/ images. that would be great...

Hi and thanks. I was *forced* to get IIRC? ?61.00 - which is when FF really "fell apart" the one I was using was 59.00 (?) maybe? There ARE more & more pages that do not display properly; mostly buttons are absent or hitting them does nothing. I have to use MSEdge (less functionality than windows 10) for Walmart which is a BIG site! Several years ago after a FF UPDATE I could not PRINT (anything from FF). After reinstalling etc... it was finally suggested to reset or something? Everything was deleted but it solved the problem. However, had 2 start from scratch w/ bookmarks, cookies, etc. & one can't get time back. I don't know what chrome is like If you FIND a FF version that does not INSIST on you upgrading to a 6x.xx version PLEASE let me know.

Thanks

P.S. The point of my reply was how updates have negatively affected FF (For me) & Y I would have liked to OMIT them until THOROUGH testing Maybe ,LOL

''CapnBlack [[#answer-1192626|said]]'' <blockquote> Wikipedia has a list of all firefox versions and you can find the version that still allows you not too check or be notified of updates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefox_version_history you can use "find on page" keywords like "removed" or disabled If anyone knows which version had the awesome add ons like user switcher/ downloading of videos/ music/ images off any page/ ad blocker and the screenshot entire page too png without scribble on. and options/ preferences with the tabs and turn off javascript/ images. that would be great... </blockquote> Hi and thanks. I was *forced* to get IIRC? ?61.00 - which is when FF really "fell apart" the one I was using was 59.00 (?) maybe? There ARE more & more pages that do not display properly; mostly buttons are absent or hitting them does nothing. I have to use MSEdge (less functionality than windows 10) for Walmart which is a BIG site! Several years ago after a FF UPDATE I could not PRINT (anything from FF). After reinstalling etc... it was finally suggested to reset or something? Everything was deleted but it solved the problem. However, had 2 start from scratch w/ bookmarks, cookies, etc. & one can't get time back. I don't know what chrome is like If you FIND a FF version that does not INSIST on you upgrading to a 6x.xx version PLEASE let me know. Thanks P.S. The point of my reply was how updates have negatively affected FF (For me) & Y I would have liked to OMIT them until THOROUGH testing Maybe ,LOL

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cor-el said

@ vtanyav What in particular are the problems with Firefox 65 and 64 that you are struggling with?

Hi, I did not see this post thank you! Page displaying (Actually not displaying) IMPORTANT features like "cost", "Add to cart", "continue" ... Some pages don't do anything when a button's clicked e.g. "search" and NOTHING happens (Status bar is blank) These are really script based problems. (IMHO)??? And layout issues where a SOLID color BOX (maybe a misplaced frame(?)) sits on top of info E.G. "accept" or not; "continue" or not ... The mouse does not click thru it. There are many more and IMO this inability 2 "Never remind me" of updates is ABSENT (with later versions?) b/c FF wrote it out?

Thanks again

''cor-el [[#answer-1192636|said]]'' <blockquote> @ vtanyav What in particular are the problems with Firefox 65 and 64 that you are struggling with? </blockquote> Hi, I did not see this post thank you! Page displaying (Actually not displaying) IMPORTANT features like "cost", "Add to cart", "continue" ... Some pages don't do anything when a button's clicked e.g. "search" and NOTHING happens (Status bar is blank) These are really script based problems. (IMHO)??? And layout issues where a SOLID color BOX (maybe a misplaced frame(?)) sits on top of info E.G. "accept" or not; "continue" or not ... The mouse does not click thru it. There are many more and IMO this inability 2 "Never remind me" of updates is ABSENT (with later versions?) b/c FF wrote it out? Thanks again

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cor-el said

@ CapnBlack Could you please start a new thread for your question? Then you can provide more information like your operating system and installed extensions/plugins.

Sorry - was this for my question? My OP was how to DISABLE prompts for updates? I have no more questions now. I assume FF has written out any possibility of removing prompts to update. Since updates have negatively affected MY experience w/ FF, & they R nearing being mandatory, next step would B taking on Mozilla LOL.... I have searched for the problems and I don't C them on the internet. And should I be able to fix it, another update will likely cause other problems. Thanx for the links.

''cor-el [[#answer-1192637|said]]'' <blockquote> @ CapnBlack Could you please start a new thread for your question? Then you can provide more information like your operating system and installed extensions/plugins. *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/new *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/use-troubleshooting-information-page-fix-firefox </blockquote> Sorry - was this for my question? My OP was how to DISABLE prompts for updates? I have no more questions now. I assume FF has written out any possibility of removing prompts to update. Since updates have negatively affected MY experience w/ FF, & they R nearing being mandatory, next step would B taking on Mozilla LOL.... I have searched for the problems and I don't C them on the internet. And should I be able to fix it, another update will likely cause other problems. Thanx for the links.
cor-el
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The only way to disable updates is to use a policies.json file.

The only way to disable updates is to use a policies.json file. *https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates/blob/master/README.md
McCoy
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Also see :

https://techdows.com/2018/09/prevent-firefox-63-from-updating.html

Prevent Firefox from updating :

  1. Download and Install Enterprise Policy Generator add-on from AMO
  2. Click on its icon on the toolbar
  3. In the left pane, after scrolling down under ‘Updates & Data Collection’
  4. Select ‘Prevent Firefox from Updating’.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/enterprise-policy-generator/

Also see : https://techdows.com/2018/09/prevent-firefox-63-from-updating.html Prevent Firefox from updating : # Download and Install Enterprise Policy Generator add-on from AMO # Click on its icon on the toolbar # In the left pane, after scrolling down under ‘Updates & Data Collection’ # Select ‘Prevent Firefox from Updating’. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/enterprise-policy-generator/