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Why fix what ain't broken?


This is not just with Firefox but with software in general and heavily includes browsers. One can't help but notice that upgrading often causes immediate problems with both the program being upgraded and other, many times, unrelated, programs, already installed, causing them to have to be upgraded and/or modified in order to work also. This is not free, in time or money. Windows Vista and ME were the epitome of what can happen with upgrades - lots of expensive problems! MS Office is THE classic example of overkill - too many features. Upgrading Firefox is no different. Being forced to upgrade, however, is reprehensible, and this is the way many internet associated programs have done. Since I saw a store owner doing his daily business with an extinct late 80s DOS program and he told me "it works fine, does my job as I need it done, why upgrade?" There are a lot of new things happening in technology, on the web especially - What if we don't want to access them or take part in them - I have no Facebook or Twitter accounts, for instance. What happened to "customer being right". What happened to our right to choose? (My choices have been to use other products which most of the time are not as good but much less troublesome and "respectful".)

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Every time Firefox opened

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Installed Plug-ins

  • np-mswmp
  • Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator
  • Cortona Netscape Browser Plug-In (6, 0, 0, 179)
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.0.0
  • Default Plug-in
  • Shockwave Flash 10.3 r181
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.7.2 for Mozilla browsers


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20101203 Firefox/3.6.13

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You are entitled to your opinion, even though it is wrong.

Turn off updates in the Advanced settings tab.

Question owner

Who are you to say what's right or wrong for me? I said nothing about opinion. Read the post. It's about what actually happens. And it is you who are "wrong" in this case. Turning off updates does NOT stop these problems.

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I call it like I see it! Mozilla would sooner that you use a different browser than not update Firefox. That is the reason they have Firefox default to being updated automatically, and require the user to manually turn off updates.

Your right to choose can be accomplished by turning off Firefox updates. Isn't that what you asked for?

Question owner

That doesn't work. Some of the plug-ins have also been turned off and cannot be upgraded. Others require Firefox upgrade. It causes this nuisance tab to become my startup tab and will not allow it to be turned off. I've done a lot of homework on this to find many others who have this same issue, same frustration, in not being able to get rid of it and get back to the older working version.

Modified by bbhank