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Firefox Update Settings | Auto-update checking

Per Firefox guidance there is an option to toggle on an option that would not would not prompt to update. The option box though is not an option in preferences (See below… (read more)

Per Firefox guidance there is an option to toggle on an option that would not would not prompt to update. The option box though is not an option in preferences (See below).

Did this option once exist, but it is no longer available and no one bothered to up date the trouble shoot guide?

If so, why does it not still exist?

Can it be brought back?

If not, is there some backdoor way to shut it off?

Thank you kindly

Firefox occasionally checks to see if any updates are available for itself and for your search engines. To disable these checks:

   Click the menu button Fx57Menu and select Preferences.
   In the General panel, scroll down to the Firefox Updates section.
   Check Never check for updates (not recommended) and uncheck Automatically update search engines.
   Close the about:preferences page. Any changes you've made will automatically be saved.

Asked by Catalpa Casa 6 months ago

Answered by crankygoat 6 months ago

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Update option is checked but FF will no automatically update and keeps asking to download newer version.

Using 68.0.2 in Debian 9.4 Stretch. Originally FF 68.0.2 was installed in my Downloads directory but I moved it to /opt and is still working fine. Since the release of ve… (read more)

Using 68.0.2 in Debian 9.4 Stretch. Originally FF 68.0.2 was installed in my Downloads directory but I moved it to /opt and is still working fine. Since the release of version 69 it has been pestering me asking for an update, even that the automatic update option is checked on. Downloaded 69.0 and again moved to it to /opt. Renamed the 68.0.2 from firefox to firefox 68 and tried to run 69 but it will not respond. Any ideas on how to solve this issue? Thanks.

Asked by topocalc 8 months ago

Answered by cor-el 8 months ago

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Can root update firefox from command line?

I run debian 9.8, and rather than using the distro version of firefox, I run the mozilla version. This works just fine, but when firefox detects that it needs updating, … (read more)

I run debian 9.8, and rather than using the distro version of firefox, I run the mozilla version. This works just fine, but when firefox detects that it needs updating, the only way I know to do it is to log into Xwindows using the root account and do it from there. I don't want a *user* account to own the browser, but I can't seem to find a way to update without Xwindows. There are some old links about using .MAR files, but the most recent one is a couple of years old, and due to appearances, i suspect - although i didn't confirm it by following the links - that only older versions, not the current one, can be loaded that way. Enough people have looked at this that it would appear worth putting in a flat warning that this cannot be done, so that people don't waste their time looking for something that doesn't exist. Help!

Asked by tanstaafl-tanj 1 year ago

Answered by tanstaafl-tanj 1 year ago

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Considerations when upgrading from V41 or V43

Long time user (15-20 yrs?), I have been avoiding the "next" upgrade for several years for various reasons (hate change, fave add-ons go away, hate change, not broke-don'… (read more)

Long time user (15-20 yrs?), I have been avoiding the "next" upgrade for several years for various reasons (hate change, fave add-ons go away, hate change, not broke-don't fix, hate change...). But I am now running into a few websites that won't permit this browser, so it may be time to move on. With heavy adblocking and tracker-blocking and my benign web browsing habits, I've not been concerned about security (never had a virus in 20 years - knock wood). It's just full functionality and slowness at this point. At this point, I see even my Classic Theme Restorer is no longer available, so I'll just have to bite the bullet on aesthetics and deal with a modern browser. However, a couple of things are unclear:

1. does 20 years of bookmark history (and remembered history) affect memory footprint. I only refer to existing bookmarks occasionally these days and may consider a full purge. Partial purge would probably be too time-consuming. Maybe even a full profile purge might be worthwhile for a true clean slate. Maybe FF has come a long way and old extensions and settings won't be necessary. I also have several about: settings that I may (or may not?) miss.

2. Are automatic updates unavoidable in newer versions? I read about "manual" but it sounded temporary.

3. The permissions on many potential add-ons I've looked at are quite unnerving... e.g many of them require full access to ALL my data (usernames and passwords!!!) and I know the function has no need for such. Who has time to investigate these fully for safety? Is there any anti-malware vetting required for add-ons to be available?

4. I know newer is generally faster, but FF has a history of growing and slowing down after upgrades. My hardware isn't getting any newer (although its more than ample for my current needs), but software tends to be developed on latest and greatest hardware. How does latest FF compare to circa V41 in memory usage?


In any case, I thought I would give the latest vesion a whirl on my old Vista laptop (which is currently at V43) and check it out before plunging in on my W7 work PC or home PC. Any answers or insight into such a big jump are much appreciated.

Asked by Wendy444 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago

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XML error after updating

Hello, so I was doing something and then it started lagging. I closed Firefox and when I pressed it again it wouldn't start. It updated then it stopped working. I restart… (read more)

Hello, so I was doing something and then it started lagging. I closed Firefox and when I pressed it again it wouldn't start. It updated then it stopped working. I restarted my PC, clicked many times on Firefox logo and it wouldn't start. I got an error message in the top left corner that appeared for a milisecond. I took a video of it with my phone so I could read what was wrote there. It said "XML analysis error:entity undefined. Location:chrome://browser/content/browse Line number 53, column 1. (Sorry if it ain't the exact words, im translating because my Firefox is in french). There was also <windows id-"main-window"> under it. Don't tell me to open Firefox in safe mode, because that doesn't work either. When I hold shift, nothing happens. It doesn't ask me to go to safe mode. How do I fix this? Thanks

Asked by Alexis3335 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago

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software updater always loads before Firefox opens

After the last "update", every time I open Firefox, I get a box with the Firefox Software Updater. It says it's updating/installing the latest updates. This happens eve… (read more)

After the last "update", every time I open Firefox, I get a box with the Firefox Software Updater. It says it's updating/installing the latest updates. This happens every time.

Asked by tomjohn16 1 year ago

Answered by tomjohn16 1 year ago

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Firefox Update Glitch

Firefox 63.0.3 Windows 7 Home Premium When I opened Firefox this morning, it stated that there was a new version available so I clicked the box. The browser closed, it we… (read more)

Firefox 63.0.3 Windows 7 Home Premium

When I opened Firefox this morning, it stated that there was a new version available so I clicked the box.

The browser closed, it went through the motions, and reopened the browser.

I checked the version and it still showed 63.0.3, with the option to update, so I rebooted the computer, reopened the browser, and it still shows 63.0.3 with the option to update.

I am sure that others have already posted about this but what is the fix?

Asked by Buddy2014 1 year ago

Answered by Buddy2014 1 year ago

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Firefox won't update

Running Firefox 63.0.3 (64-bit) on Windows 10 ver 1803, I click on "Restart to update Firefox" and get "Firefox is installing your updates and will start in a few moments… (read more)

Running Firefox 63.0.3 (64-bit) on Windows 10 ver 1803, I click on "Restart to update Firefox" and get "Firefox is installing your updates and will start in a few moments." But when it does start, nothing has changed: I am still running 63.0.3 and it still says "Restart to update Firefox." I have been round this loop a half dozen times. What next?

Asked by Rich Pasco 1 year ago

Answered by FredMcD 1 year ago

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Firefox hangs when opening a new tab or new webpage.

Firefox hangs when I open a new tab or new webpage. It's really annoying! Everytime I do the automatic updates this shit happens. I used to go to one of the articles wher… (read more)

Firefox hangs when I open a new tab or new webpage. It's really annoying!

Everytime I do the automatic updates this shit happens. I used to go to one of the articles where it gave me instructions on how to reset my preferences, but that thread has since been modified, it now says to delete my pref.js, but that doesn't fix the issue anymore.

So i'm resorting to actually making a god damn account and asking why this shit keeps happening. I uninstalled Firefox and re-installed aswell, but it saved some of my data which I kinda need (bookmarks). That doesn't help.

I know that resetting my preferences back to default every update used to fix it, but I forget how now. Thanks...

Can someone just tell me how to fix it so I can update without having to do all this shit again.

I have only one extension and that is adblockerplus. Not likely the cause as it does this aswell without.

Asked by LimeGlass 1 year ago

Answered by LimeGlass 1 year ago

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Opening any www address in a new tab results in crashing tab

see attached error message, that's independing from the address entered OS version LINUX 4.15.0 Firefox version 61.0.1 Reporting PC isn't that one problem occurred. A res… (read more)

see attached error message, that's independing from the address entered OS version LINUX 4.15.0 Firefox version 61.0.1 Reporting PC isn't that one problem occurred. A restart of Firefox solved the problem for the moment.

Asked by RoSc 1 year ago

Answered by philipp 1 year ago

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Temporarily block Firefox updates by URL/IP

We have an Add-On that will no longer work with FireFox once it updates version 60.2. It will heavily impact our stores ability to use certain functions/integration with … (read more)

We have an Add-On that will no longer work with FireFox once it updates version 60.2. It will heavily impact our stores ability to use certain functions/integration with our website until we get either a new add-on released or make a change to the site. We had planned on disabling updates for FireFox temporarily on each PC at each store but I am hoping for a workaround. I am curious if there is a list somewhere of the server IP’s/URLs that FireFox would use to update. This way I can just blacklist those IP’s for the time being until we get a new add-on released or an update to our website. This way they would not be able to download the latest update. It would prevent me from having to alter settings on each PC at each store (we have close to 70 locations and 4 computers at each). Is there such a list? And if so can someone point me there? Thanks!

Asked by ar550n1c 1 year ago

Answered by ar550n1c 1 year ago

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Firefox 52.7.2esr will not run, could not load XPCOM. Also will not uninstall. On a Vista PC

I have been using Firefox on my Vista PC with no problem until I ran the update from 52.7.2 to 52.7.3 . Now I cannot start Firefox and I get the message - could not load … (read more)

I have been using Firefox on my Vista PC with no problem until I ran the update from 52.7.2 to 52.7.3 . Now I cannot start Firefox and I get the message - could not load XPCOM . I have down loaded 52.7.3esr ready to install but I am unable to uninstall 52.7.2 even if I use the helper.exe file. Please note I am sending this on a W8.1 computer, not the one that is giving me the problem.

Asked by MilfordKen 2 years ago

Answered by James 2 years ago

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I need to stop firefox updating!!!

I'm using FireFox on ubuntu lts 16.04 as a kiosk making use of a very handy add-on. The system was looked down to prevent anyone for browsing anything but localhost. No… (read more)

I'm using FireFox on ubuntu lts 16.04 as a kiosk making use of a very handy add-on. The system was looked down to prevent anyone for browsing anything but localhost. Now anyone can jump on my kiosk and browse / download anything they want. It is no way more secure than what it was.

Even after using the about:config options the updates still update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will find a more appropriate browser option for the kiosk but for now I'd really like a way to stop the update short of shutting everything down.

Asked by shedfly 2 years ago

Answered by shedfly 2 years ago

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Patch for Meltdown / Spectre Vulnerability Planned for Firefox ESR v52.5?

Will a patch for the Meltdown / Spectre vulnerabilities be released for the extended support release Firefox ESR v52.5? I understand that the recent Firefox v57.0.4 patch… (read more)

Will a patch for the Meltdown / Spectre vulnerabilities be released for the extended support release Firefox ESR v52.5?

I understand that the recent Firefox v57.0.4 patches this vulnerability but the 03-Jan-2018 Mozilla Security Blog entry at https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2018/01/03/mitigations-landing-new-class-timing-attack/ is unclear because it states a patch will be released for "all release channels, starting with 57".


32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox ESR v52.5.3 * Norton Security Premium v22.11.2.7

Asked by lmacri 2 years ago

Answered by cor-el 2 years ago

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FF 57.0.1 does not uninstall FF 57.0

When installiing FF 57.0.1: FF 57.0 stays installed (Program and functions - Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit) What to do (for plenty of clients)? Thanks - Michael … (read more)

When installiing FF 57.0.1: FF 57.0 stays installed (Program and functions - Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit)

What to do (for plenty of clients)?

Thanks - Michael

Asked by sg08234 2 years ago

Answered by cor-el 2 years ago

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I missed an online deadline because you decided to update ff and it took over a minute. Best to tell me when I logout before update. unimpressed

I know you are nice but when I need into my browser, I need in. Best to have an 'update later' option to let me in now, not once you've done your stuff. My deadline went … (read more)

I know you are nice but when I need into my browser, I need in. Best to have an 'update later' option to let me in now, not once you've done your stuff. My deadline went - please don't let this happen to others

Asked by lochness2017 2 years ago

Answered by jscher2000 2 years ago