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Firefox Opening new windows reverts to original Window

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Just started with this problem, when I open a new window which is my preference rather than Tabs I find that whereas it used to open the new window and that was active, it is now opening a new window and then reverting to the original one.

Any ideas?

Just started with this problem, when I open a new window which is my preference rather than Tabs I find that whereas it used to open the new window and that was active, it is now opening a new window and then reverting to the original one. Any ideas?

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

This week

Installed Plug-ins

  • Google Update
  • Shockwave Flash 11.4 r402
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.1.4
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.5.1 for Mozilla browsers
  • VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.2
  • Garmin Communicator Plug-In 4.0.3.0
  • 5.1.10411.0
  • iTunes Detector Plug-in
  • The plug-in allows you to open and edit files using Microsoft Office applications
  • Office Authorization plug-in for NPAPI browsers
  • Shockwave Flash 9.0 r45

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0

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Firefox
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15.0
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Profile Folder
Show Folder
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Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Crash Reports
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about:memory
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Garmin Communicator
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Imgur Uploader
1.0.3
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giorgio@gilestro.tk
MP4 Downloader
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Textarea Cache
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Themes Menu
1.14
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Name
Value
accessibility.typeaheadfind
true
accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar
0
browser.cache.disk.capacity
1048576
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run
false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value
1048576
browser.link.open_newwindow
2
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
4
browser.startup.homepage
file:///S:/wisdom_site/index.html
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
20120824154833
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
15.0
browser.tabs.loadInBackground
false
extensions.lastAppVersion
15.0
gfx.direct3d.prefer_10_1
true
network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
places.database.lastMaintenance
1346049357
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
80513
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false
Graphics
Adapter Description
ATI Radeon HD 4550
Vendor ID
0x1002
Device ID
0x9540
Adapter RAM
512
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aticfx32 aticfx32 atiumdag atidxx32 atiumdva
Driver Version
8.850.0.0
Driver Date
4-19-2011
Direct2D Enabled
true
DirectWrite Enabled
true (6.1.7601.17789)
ClearType Parameters
ClearType parameters not found
WebGL Renderer
Google Inc. -- ANGLE (ATI Radeon HD 4550 ) -- OpenGL ES 2.0 (ANGLE 1.0.0.1041)
GPU Accelerated Windows
2/2 Direct3D 10
AzureBackend
direct2d
JavaScript
Incremental GC
0
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Expected minimum version
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NSPR
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3.13.6.0
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3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
NSS S/MIME
3.13.6.0 Basic ECC
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DeathK 0 solutions 3 answers

I've got this same issue too. After a quick troubleshoot it is indeed a Flash plugin issue. This problem is present on two separate computers in my house. It appears to happen when there is Flash content on a page that you open in a new window from a link, and it's the first time you've done it in your current browser session. Subsequent tries in the same session don't exhibit the behavior.

I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the Flash plugin but that does not fix it. Ever since this issue popped up a while back Firefox updates and Flash updates have not corrected it. It's a very annoying bug and I hope it's fixed soon.

I've got this same issue too. After a quick troubleshoot it is indeed a Flash plugin issue. This problem is present on two separate computers in my house. It appears to happen when there is Flash content on a page that you open in a new window from a link, and it's the first time you've done it in your current browser session. Subsequent tries in the same session don't exhibit the behavior. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the Flash plugin but that does not fix it. Ever since this issue popped up a while back Firefox updates and Flash updates have not corrected it. It's a very annoying bug and I hope it's fixed soon.
slam5 0 solutions 18 answers

Well, my sequence of tabs/windows are Craigslist, eBay in first window. Facebook in 2nd window. I guess there is a sort of workaround; I can work around it. It isn't critical but just annoying!

Well, my sequence of tabs/windows are Craigslist, eBay in first window. Facebook in 2nd window. I guess there is a sort of workaround; I can work around it. It isn't critical but just annoying!
readyben 0 solutions 6 answers

I've got this same problem - open a new window, then it's like "Back" is "clicked," instantly and automatically. It's starting to wear me out. My 'workaround' is to mouse to the taskbar and click the window that I just opened. The above suggested workaround of opening a couple new tabs isn't working for me. When the "Shockwave Flash" plugin is disabled the problem is gone.

I see 4 ways of dealing with this: 1) go back to FFv13, 2) disable Flash (But how long would you keep toggling this? It's really a hassle!), 3) keep mousing to the toolbar and refocussing the new window, 4) different browser.

And a plea that it's the fault of the Flash plugin may have some validity, but can I point out that the plugin works fine in v13? Will Firefox or Flash fix this in an update? Maybe, but it doesn't seem like enough people have been affected.

I think it's a little odd that so few people have this problem. Doesn't just about everybody have the Flash plugin? And a HUGE number of people are still using Firefox. Doesn't make sense that there hasn't been an uproar. I'm guessing there's another piece of the puzzle that's missing.

Ben - Vista64 on LenovoT500. FF16, but not sure how long I can do this...

I've got this same problem - open a new window, then it's like "Back" is "clicked," instantly and automatically. It's starting to wear me out. My 'workaround' is to mouse to the taskbar and click the window that I just opened. The above suggested workaround of opening a couple new tabs isn't working for me. When the "Shockwave Flash" plugin is disabled the problem is gone. I see 4 ways of dealing with this: 1) go back to FFv13, 2) disable Flash (But how long would you keep toggling this? It's really a hassle!), 3) keep mousing to the toolbar and refocussing the new window, 4) different browser. And a plea that it's the fault of the Flash plugin may have some validity, but can I point out that the plugin works fine in v13? Will Firefox or Flash fix this in an update? Maybe, but it doesn't seem like enough people have been affected. I think it's a little odd that so few people have this problem. Doesn't just about everybody have the Flash plugin? And a HUGE number of people are still using Firefox. Doesn't make sense that there hasn't been an uproar. I'm guessing there's another piece of the puzzle that's missing. Ben - Vista64 on LenovoT500. FF16, but not sure how long I can do this...
motwitta 0 solutions 1 answers

I got this issue as well (W7, FF16). I suppose, most people work with tabs instead of windows, that might be the reason why only a couple of users have this problem. Unfortunately it's not clear who's responsible Flash or FF, so we likely have to wait quite a long time for a fix.

I got this issue as well (W7, FF16). I suppose, most people work with tabs instead of windows, that might be the reason why only a couple of users have this problem. Unfortunately it's not clear who's responsible Flash or FF, so we likely have to wait quite a long time for a fix.
HaterOfAdware 0 solutions 4 answers

I still get the problem, but it doesn't seem to happen as much in FF16 as it did in 15.

I still get the problem, but it doesn't seem to happen as much in FF16 as it did in 15.
Skram0 0 solutions 3 answers

I just updated to FireFox 16.0.2 and the problem persists. Win 7 32bit on two computers using Flash 11.4.402.287.

With one computer I use NoScript which basically disables javascript and Flash, and of course with this configuration there's no problem until I enable scripting.

I just updated to FireFox 16.0.2 and the problem persists. Win 7 32bit on two computers using Flash 11.4.402.287. With one computer I use NoScript which basically disables javascript and Flash, and of course with this configuration there's no problem until I enable scripting.

Question owner

Same here, still no fix, how do we go about getting Firefox to fix the problem, we all seem to agree that there is a problem, but nobody seems to be able to take ownership and fix it?

Same here, still no fix, how do we go about getting Firefox to fix the problem, we all seem to agree that there is a problem, but nobody seems to be able to take ownership and fix it?
jls1890 0 solutions 3 answers

there is another thread on this same topic with no solution. (support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/938033#answer-379898). Also, another help website (http://forums.techguy.org/web-email/1075696-firefox-returning-previous-page.html) has a discussion but not fix.

Mozilla - how hard can it be to delete the buggy code and replace with the code that actually worked? Hello, Hello Mozilla - are you out there?

there is another thread on this same topic with no solution. (support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/938033#answer-379898). Also, another help website (http://forums.techguy.org/web-email/1075696-firefox-returning-previous-page.html) has a discussion but not fix. Mozilla - how hard can it be to delete the buggy code and replace with the code that actually worked? Hello, Hello Mozilla - are you out there?
bronco99 0 solutions 3 answers

I've about had it with this problem. I've heard Flash might be the issue but I have tried with everything blocked using no-script and I still get sent back to the original window. Three versions and these clowns havent resolved this issue, makes you wonder what type of other issues we are not aware of, such as security. Seems to be a lot of incompetance. I guess its back to Explorer for me.

I've about had it with this problem. I've heard Flash might be the issue but I have tried with everything blocked using no-script and I still get sent back to the original window. Three versions and these clowns havent resolved this issue, makes you wonder what type of other issues we are not aware of, such as security. Seems to be a lot of incompetance. I guess its back to Explorer for me.
sonnyboy1 0 solutions 20 answers

I had the same problem. I disabled RealDownloader Plugin and the RealJukebox NS plugin and lo and behold....the problem is gone. Why in the world they would cause firefox open in new window problem, is beyond me. Let me know if this works for you.

I had the same problem. I disabled RealDownloader Plugin and the RealJukebox NS plugin and lo and behold....the problem is gone. Why in the world they would cause firefox open in new window problem, is beyond me. Let me know if this works for you.
slam5 0 solutions 18 answers

Well, I don't use realplayer so that isn't the problem for me.

Well, I don't use realplayer so that isn't the problem for me.
Cartel 0 solutions 7 answers

I am having this issue too, still with FF17 now also.

I am having this issue too, still with FF17 now also.
sonnyboy1 0 solutions 20 answers

What plugins do you have? I would disable anything to do with music or videos one at a time and each time check if you're still having the same problem. Firefox plugins and some extensions/add-ons cause so many problems. Can't figure out why FF doesn't check the most used add-ons before they come out with new browsers.

What plugins do you have? I would disable anything to do with music or videos one at a time and each time check if you're still having the same problem. Firefox plugins and some extensions/add-ons cause so many problems. Can't figure out why FF doesn't check the most used add-ons before they come out with new browsers.
slam5 0 solutions 18 answers

I use quicktime and flash. nothing really fancy. the only other thing that I used is related to video is download helper. I'm stumped on this.

I use quicktime and flash. nothing really fancy. the only other thing that I used is related to video is download helper. I'm stumped on this.
sonnyboy1 0 solutions 20 answers

Hi Slam5,

Real downloader helper is one I disabled. I can still download videos using RealPlayer. Real downloader helper was the one causing the problem. Try disabling download helper and see if that fixes it.

Let me know.

Hi Slam5, Real downloader helper is one I disabled. I can still download videos using RealPlayer. Real downloader helper was the one causing the problem. Try disabling download helper and see if that fixes it. Let me know.
slam5 0 solutions 18 answers

Yeah, download helper is the cupid. i guess it will be fixed eventually.

Yeah, download helper is the cupid. i guess it will be fixed eventually.
mhmaddog 0 solutions 4 answers

Any page with flash. no flash, no problem.

Any page with flash. no flash, no problem.
lkaven 0 solutions 6 answers

The problem definitely happens in "open in new tab" cases as well as "open in new window" cases.

The problem definitely happens in "open in new tab" cases as well as "open in new window" cases.
Strummer 0 solutions 1 answers

The best solution I have found is to install an older version of Flash Player.

To use an older version of Flash: Uninstall Flash Player with their uninstaller. It is important to use their uninstaller. http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html#main_Download_the_Adobe_Flash_Player_uninstaller

Direct link: http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player.exe

Re-install an older Flash Player version. I'm using version 11.1.102.63 which solves the problem. http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html

If you get a message to 'update plugins' on flash sites, you can hide that nag if desired: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/928032

Good luck!

The best solution I have found is to install an older version of Flash Player. To use an older version of Flash: Uninstall Flash Player with their uninstaller. '''It is important to use their uninstaller'''. http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html#main_Download_the_Adobe_Flash_Player_uninstaller Direct link: http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player.exe Re-install an older Flash Player version. I'm using version 11.1.102.63 which solves the problem. http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html If you get a message to 'update plugins' on flash sites, you can hide that nag if desired: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/928032 Good luck!
slam5 0 solutions 18 answers

well, that probably does work but I rather not as I'm not sure if that will cause other compatibility/security problem. At least, I'm chicken that way.

well, that probably does work but I rather not as I'm not sure if that will cause other compatibility/security problem. At least, I'm chicken that way.