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Firefox will not start on homepage. Always starts on last tab(s) open.

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This problem has persisted since version 16. Settings in options are correct. I have tried changing different options and my settings file does save the new settings. I run a current version of Norton 360 and have used a separate malware detector Microsoft Safety Scanner. No malware. Troubleshooting information shows the correct setting for browser.startup.homepage. I'm lost, please help, thank you.

Chosen solution

Try opening the user.js file. For me, it only had one line, which was user_pref("browser.sessionstore.resume_session_once", true);. Once I deleted the file, everything went back to normal. Hope this helps!

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Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.5 r502
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.1.5
  • VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.2
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision plugin for Mozilla browsers
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Streaming plugin for Mozilla browsers
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.6.1.629

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:18.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/18.0

More Information

Application Basics
Name
Firefox
Version
18.0.1
User Agent
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:18.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/18.0
Build Configuration
about:buildconfig
Extensions
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Norton Vulnerability Protection
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HP Smart Web Printing
4.51
false
smartwebprinting@hp.com
Important Modified Preferences
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0
browser.cache.disk.capacity
358400
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run
false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max
false
browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value
358400
browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion
4
browser.startup.homepage
http://www.tvtorrents.com/loggedin/my/new_fav_tag_torrents.do
browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID
20130116073211
browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone
18.0.1
browser.tabs.warnOnClose
false
extensions.lastAppVersion
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network.cookie.prefsMigrated
true
places.database.lastMaintenance
1358873803
places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages
104858
places.history.expiration.transient_optimal_database_size
167772160
privacy.clearOnShutdown.cookies
false
privacy.clearOnShutdown.downloads
false
privacy.clearOnShutdown.formdata
false
privacy.clearOnShutdown.history
true
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs
true
privacy.sanitize.promptOnSanitize
false
privacy.sanitize.sanitizeOnShutdown
false
security.warn_viewing_mixed
false
Graphics
Adapter Description
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
Adapter Drivers
nvd3dumx,nvwgf2umx,nvwgf2umx nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Adapter RAM
1024
Device ID
0x0615
Direct2D Enabled
true
DirectWrite Enabled
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GPU #2 Active
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GPU Accelerated Windows
1/1 Direct3D 10
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0x10de
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AzureCanvasBackend
direct2d
AzureContentBackend
direct2d
AzureFallbackCanvasBackend
cairo
JavaScript
Incremental GC
true
Accessibility
Activated
false
Prevent Accessibility
0
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Expected minimum version
Version in use
NSPR
4.9.4
4.9.4
NSS
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
NSSSMIME
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
NSSSSL
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
3.14.1.0 Basic ECC
NSSUTIL
3.14.1.0
3.14.1.0

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Make sure that Firefox closes properly and that there isn't a hanging Firefox or plugin-container process left in the task manager.

Use "Firefox/File > Exit" (Mac: "Firefox > Quit"; Linux: "File > Quit") to close Firefox if you are currently doing that by clicking the close X on the title bar.

See also:


You can check for problems with the sessionstore.js and sessionstore.bak files in the Firefox Profile Folder that store session data.

Delete the sessionstore.js file and possible sessionstore-##.js files with a number and sessionstore.bak in the Firefox Profile Folder.

Deleting sessionstore.js will cause App Tabs and Tab Groups and open and closed (undo) tabs to get lost, so you will have to create them again (make a note or bookmark them).

Question owner

Tried all of the above. No problems with Firefox closing properly. I checked both methods of exiting and then checked taskbar. Both methods worked equally as well. I deleted sesionstore.js & .bak. Firefox opened to my homepage correctly but upon closing (both methods) when reopened, opened to last opened tab again.

ThePlatypus 1 solutions 1 answers

Chosen Solution

Try opening the user.js file. For me, it only had one line, which was user_pref("browser.sessionstore.resume_session_once", true);. Once I deleted the file, everything went back to normal. Hope this helps!

Question owner

Thank you, found that line at the end of the file, it was actually repeated 4 times. Deleted all 4 lines and saved the rest of the file. Working fine now. Thank you for your help ThePlatypus.