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How do I disable the History | Restore Previous Sesssion option. It is a privacy issue.

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Hi I have upgraded to firefox 4.

It seems that no matter how I shut down firefox or what security settings I use the options History | Restore Previous Session is always enabled when I restart firefox.

This is the same big button that appears on the default firefox browser home page.

Even if I shut down with only one tab open it still has the option available and that goes back to the single tab.

Clearing history before shutting down firefox does not help.

I found the web page where someone had actually requested this functionality but niether of the pricay settings he suggested to tweak this feature did anything when adjusted.

These were:

     browser.sessionstore.privacy_level
     browser.sessionstore.privacy_level_deferred

in about:config


How do I get rid of this menu item/'feature' ?

I tried turning on browser.showQuitWarning in about:config as suggested on another site and that givs me the 'do you want to save your session tabs' dialog when I shut firefox like it used to in firefox 3.x. So I was semi happy with this. However this did not stop the Restore previous Session being available even if I selected quit (no dont save tabs option) on the dialog.

I do not want to be able to restore the previous session unless: a) firefox crashed or b) I expressly told it to save my session on shutdown.

I also have the tools | options | general | when firefox starts set to 'show my home page'. So I dont think thats related.

Cheers. Anyhelp appreciated.

Modified by gold32

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Apple_iJuice 0 solutions 1 answers

I found that by simply changing your homepage, you can stop that feature from appearing. What I did was set my homepage to Google, then restarted Firefox. No more session restore button. Simple as that.

ash1794 0 solutions 1 answers

I think its an problem with the way mozilla's programmed... Thats right now the only reason that stops me using mozilla 4. It's aide to invasion of privacy... I close something.. someone else comes opens the browser and boom my facebook account

Question owner

To Response: Apple_iJuice

You will find that even changing your home page is not enough.

This does get rid of the button but it is still possible to use menu | History | Restore Previous Session regardless of what home page you have set.

Modified by gold32

cor-el
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A possibility is to use Remove recent browsing, search and download history to clear the history if you exit Firefox or close all open tabs. Then there is nothing to restore. Otherwise disabling Restore Previous Session wouldn't really help anyway.

Question owner

To Response: cor_el

Thanks. Following that link I worked out how to clear the history automatically on shutdown.

Having firefox auto clear my history ensures the 'Restore Presvious Session' is not available next time firefox starts.

However, if I then want to force it to save my session on shut down I cant. I can get the 'Do you want to save your session' dialog, as in firefox 3.6x, by having about:config browser.showQuitWarning set to true. After restarting firfox however my tabs are not restored.

etherance 0 solutions 1 answers

I discovered that if you 'tick' the 'clear history when firefox closes' (found in options - privacy tab) the offending button goes away. Hope that is a help