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How to prevent firefox from automaticly launching when installing or uninstalling software ?

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When installing or uninstalling software often Firefox starts up and go to the publisher of the software. How to stop this behavior ??

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firefox is no anti-virus program. whether you click on a desktop shortcut that leads to a website, on a legit link in a third-party program or an installer automatically opens a url - for a browser this doesn't make any difference, the origin of such a request isn't transmitted, only the command by the os to open the specified url.

this is a problem that has to be tackled on a system level.

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philipp
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hello, this is triggered by the installer of those software programs - they will launch their website within the default browser on your systems. there's nothing that firefox can do about this...

please also update your plugins (some of them are out-dated & have security vulnerabilities that are actively exploited on the web).

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So firefox welcomes malicious software and does not respect user privacy... How difficult can it be to add an extra "tick box" in firefox "Prevent installers from accesing firefox" ???

Modified by djevlen

philipp
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again, this is something handled by your operating system & which will relay that url to whatever browser is set as default one. please complain to the software vendors that use such routines in their installers (probably to measure their install base by checking how many site impressions are occurring).

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So when a virus is trying to make changes to my system, then the antivirus software should just accept that because its handled by the operating system ? And when im not happy with that i should just complain to the creator of the virus ?

philipp
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firefox is no anti-virus program. whether you click on a desktop shortcut that leads to a website, on a legit link in a third-party program or an installer automatically opens a url - for a browser this doesn't make any difference, the origin of such a request isn't transmitted, only the command by the os to open the specified url.

this is a problem that has to be tackled on a system level.

Question owner

So the problem will not be solved because people enjoy not having control over their PC.

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dodo007 0 solutions 1 answers

I think there is a solution. Delete all URLInfoAbout values in the registry. They point to URL's from installed programs.

cor-el
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If you want to prevent software from opening a browser then do not set any browser as the default browser.