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Firefox update without consent

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I am running version 65 as of Feb-3-2019 on my Mac high sierra and for some reason Firefox updated to this version without my consent. I have "check for updates but let me choose when to install them" selected.

Why does this update occur?

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I hate to say this but it will auto update unless from the clean no firefox install you choose custom and didn't allow "service maintenance" then it might not update. But there is another way but were not permitted to say about it. So you will have to look at the web to find this part to your question.

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That is not an acceptable answer. the option is placed visible to the user and you are saying it doesn't work?

Is there any other options that do not work?

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I have downgraded FF to version 66.0 instead of the latest 66.03 and when I select in "privacy and security" ,"permissions" and select "Prevent accessibility services from accessing your browser" Firefox resets and then automatically upgrades to version 66.03 even though I have "Check for updates but let you choose to install them" selected.

this is a problem with FF correct?

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this has occurred again from version 66 of Firefox in which I have specifically stated "check for updates but let me choose when to install them"

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Hi, Firefox has never in many many years updated automatically for me, and if I didn't have full control over when I update, it would be gone - just like Chrome!

Some anti-virus programs contain a 'software updater' - or similar description, which may override the settings in Firefox, so please check for that within any such software you may be using and turn it off if applicable.

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Is there a reason not to update? I am still using v54 myself. I refuse to give up my add-ons.

Step One: Download the version that you want, but do Not run the installer yet.

Install Older Version Of Firefox {web link} Be sure to read everything here.

If you still want to downgrade, look under; I still want to downgrade. Click the Directory of other versions and languages link. Look for the directory of the version that you want. But, remember that old versions may have security issues.

You should also check out Firefox; Extended Support Release {web link} ESR Notes System Requirements

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Step Two: Disconnect your computer from the web. This will prevent any updating attempt.

Step Three: Let’s do a full clean re-install;

Note: Firefox comes in three or more folders on all computers. They are;

Maintenance: (Programs Folder) <Windows Only> Firefox itself: (Programs Folder) And two folders in the profile of each user on the computer for each Firefox profile for that user.

If you remove the Firefox folder, the user profiles would not be affected.

Then Close Firefox.

Using your file browser, open the Programs Folder on your computer.

Windows: C:\Program Files C:\Program Files (x86) Note: Check Both Folders

Mac: Open the "Applications" folder.

Linux: Check your user manual. If you installed Firefox with the distro-based package manager, you should use the same way to uninstall it. See Install Firefox on Linux;

If you downloaded and installed the binary package from the Firefox download page, simply remove the folder Firefox in your home directory. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Look for, and remove any Mozilla or Firefox program folders. Do not remove the Mozilla Thunderbird folder if there is one.

Do Not remove any profile folders.

After rebooting the computer, run a registry scanner if you have one. Then run the installer. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ If there is a problem, start your Computer in safe mode and try again. This shows how to Start all Computers in Safe Mode; Free Online Encyclopedia

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Step Four: Open Firefox and set up everything as you want it. After checking everything, Close Firefox.

Step Five: (Getting tired yet) Back up and restore information in Firefox profiles.{web link} I use an add-on that makes backups of my user profile, Just In Case. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with the current Firefox.

Every now and then, open the profile folder and create a copy of the current profile as is to another location on your hard drive. This way you will have a backup.

If you do this each day, you will not lose much data. This should be done with Firefox Closed.

Note: In case you need to restore from these backups, you may need to overwrite old or corrupted files.

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If anything changes, you now have a backup you can restore from.

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FredMcD I am running a Mac Os using high sierra. The system normally prompts me every few days that a new version of Firefox is available which is normal. But for some reason this is disobeyed and Firefox updates my Firefox.

Is this being done by Mozilla? I have not noticed any changes in my configuration and can downgrade to my preferred version.

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Note that there have recently been some extra updates due to an issue about an expired intermediate certificate that is used to sign extensions.

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mace2 said

. . . But for some reason this is disobeyed and Firefox updates my Firefox

I do not know why this is.

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OK. so it is safe to say that FF should not update unless I configured it to do so.

Is there a method for me to collect FF configuration like a snap shot of a export of the configuration?

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With the older versions, there was an option to not check for updates. This was removed in the current versions. But even back then, there were complaints of unwanted updates.

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Note that opening "Firefox -> About Firefox" is sufficient to trigger an update check and loading a new version when found. You would have to close (quit) Firefox and remove the pending update if you do not want this update applied.

On Mac Firefox saves a pending update in the hidden secondary Caches folder location. MAC: ~/Library/Caches/Mozilla/updates/Applications/Firefox/updates/

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I have tried to get FF 66.0.4 to automatically update even entering about:config. On the Mac running high sierra it never automatically updated even after a restart. FF just occasionaly updates me that a update is available.

This makes me wonder why the change occurred.