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Firefox fails downloads when returning from private browsing

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If I start to download a file when I'm in normal browsing mode, then for some reason switch to Private Browsing whilst the download is still in progress, the download does not show up in Private Browsing mode. I don't have any problem with that.

However, if I then return from Private Browsing mode, the download will fail. Are there any add-ons, work arounds or works in progress that will either:

a) Pause and stabilise the download upon switching to Private Browsing, and then resume the download when switching back to normal browsing mode?


b) Allow the download to continue whilst in Private Browsing mode and then allow you to switch back to normal browsing without the download failing?

Thanks in advance. Matt

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That should work:

Maybe a problem with an extension (FlashGot) that doesn't support Private Browsing.

Start Firefox in Diagnose Firefox issues using Troubleshoot Mode to check if one of your add-ons is causing your problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Tools > Add-ons > Themes). See Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems and Troubleshoot issues with plugins like Flash or Java to fix common Firefox problems