IsItBullshit: Does Google purposely slow down Google and YouTube on Firefox and other non-chromium browsers to bring people to chrome?

Unclear. It's true that a couple years ago, A Mozilla employee found that YouTube loaded 5x slower on Firefox than Chrome. This was due to Google updating YouTube which r… (read more)

Unclear. It's true that a couple years ago, A Mozilla employee found that YouTube loaded 5x slower on Firefox than Chrome. This was due to Google updating YouTube which relied on an interface which was implemented in Chrome (but not in other browsers). What's unclear is if they were just optimizing for Chrome or deliberately slowing down everything else. Speaking as a software engineer, these kinds of things are very easy to overlook or do unintentionally - there are so many different browsers and bowser versions out there, optimizing for all of them is tough and so it's possible that Google optimized for Chrome and tested to make sure stuff still worked on Firefox, Safari, Edge, etc, but didn't do rigorous performance testing on those browsers. However Google is a big company with many arms and lots of resources so it's hard to say for certain.

Asked by spencerross942 2 weeks ago

Last reply by spencerross942 1 minute ago

live captions

Will Firefox support live captions for videos that does not have a closed caption option? This support is now available in Chrome with Windows 10 support. Will Firefox f… (read more)

Will Firefox support live captions for videos that does not have a closed caption option? This support is now available in Chrome with Windows 10 support. Will Firefox follow suit?

Asked by John57 5 hours ago

Last reply by kevinadcruz 1 hour ago

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The "Back Space" stopped working. How do I restore it?

The "Back Space" quit working. It used to return to the previously viewed page. The Alt+Left Arrow does the same but is not as convenient since it requires both hands to… (read more)

The "Back Space" quit working. It used to return to the previously viewed page. The Alt+Left Arrow does the same but is not as convenient since it requires both hands to return where the Back Space did not.

How do I restore its functionality?

Asked by Rick Tonsing 3 hours ago

Answered by kevinadcruz 2 hours ago

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need to make address bar tabs larger..

need to make address bar tabs larger..tried an earlier solution posted using about:config ..devp but that didnt do anything..anyone have any ideas..have 21 inch screen bu… (read more)

need to make address bar tabs larger..tried an earlier solution posted using about:config ..devp but that didnt do anything..anyone have any ideas..have 21 inch screen but can just see tabs and address bar..but cant read them without sliding a zoom window over them

Asked by redoubtfolly 5 hours ago

Answered by cor-el 3 hours ago

Trouble restoring firefox from backup

Hi, After losing my session history and bookmarks from using firefox's "forget last 5 minutes" feature on accident, I used shadowcopyview to create a backup of my old pro… (read more)

Hi,

After losing my session history and bookmarks from using firefox's "forget last 5 minutes" feature on accident, I used shadowcopyview to create a backup of my old profile. Now, after two reinstalls, I still cannot recover my session or bookmarks, even when replacing the old profile entirely.

JeffersonCher's wonderful scrounger has helped me to recover from a similiar blunder in the past, but this time, attempting to recover the session from a recovery file gave me 3 websites I haven't visited in 2 years and an error message when attempting to recover the bookmarks.

Anything you can provide would be a big help: I am very confused on how to really proceed.

Thanks!

Asked by Pendragonchen1 2 days ago

Last reply by cor-el 2 hours ago

Firefox won't allow connect to my centurylink.net email

4/15/21 Hi I have reviewed the posts of individuals (draculas.tomb, jscher2000, chasdobie) from 3/11-3/18/2021; who were having a similar problem accessing the email acc… (read more)

4/15/21 Hi I have reviewed the posts of individuals (draculas.tomb, jscher2000, chasdobie) from 3/11-3/18/2021; who were having a similar problem accessing the email account through centurylink.net. I tried the suggested fixes through confirming DNS and changing TLS, and I still cannot access my email account. I get an error "redir.peridot.synacor.com/?to=zmail&u_d..." Are there any other suggestions to resolve this issue?

Asked by b_blakes 1 day ago

Last reply by b_blakes 3 hours ago

no display & no options

web pages don't display but address is shown at tabs, can't see options but other menu options seem to be okay. I uninstalled and erased all related data (I could find) m… (read more)

web pages don't display but address is shown at tabs, can't see options but other menu options seem to be okay. I uninstalled and erased all related data (I could find) multiple times and reinstalled multiple times but problem remains. I tried refresh, safe mode, etc. At installation I get error VCRUNTIME140_1.dll not found, a susequent installation finishes without errors. I am sending this from another system because I can't use the problem unit for this post. The problem system is similar to this one. I am puzzled and seek help.

Asked by tregxoferif 3 hours ago

firefox tab crashing

Hello I've been having many tad crashes, almost 20 in half an hour I've submitted all the crashes reports I'd creashes before but no so many in so short time. I was tryi… (read more)

Hello I've been having many tad crashes, almost 20 in half an hour I've submitted all the crashes reports I'd creashes before but no so many in so short time. I was trying to join a zoom meeting I hope you can help me Miriam

Asked by MGL-NET 4 hours ago

Last reply by TerryN21 4 hours ago

Firefox won't open links in duckduckgo

Hello everyone, I'm an avid user of Firefox latest on Manjaro, up to date. Since yesterday, when I updated from Firefox 87.0-1 to 87.0-2, I have a strange bug using Duckd… (read more)

Hello everyone,

I'm an avid user of Firefox latest on Manjaro, up to date.

Since yesterday, when I updated from Firefox 87.0-1 to 87.0-2, I have a strange bug using DuckduckGo.

What happens ?

  • When on DuckduckGo result page, clicking a link won't open when using the "Open in another tab" setting
  • I will open the link if that setting is not used
  • I can open it in a new tab with the right-click menu, or by ctrl-clicking it.
  • When hovering above a link, the bottom-left tooltip does show up and the cursor does become a hand, suggesting the link should work. Alas, it doesn't.

What did I try ?

  • I did restart in "safe mode", with all addons disabled.
  • I did reset the cache.
  • I tried testing the same behavior on Google, and it did work as expected.
  • I tried DDG in another browser (Gnome Web/Epiphany), and it worked as expected.

I have yet to notice the same issue with any other website. Any Idea where I should report this minor, but annoying but ?

Thanks & Cheers, -- JAB

Asked by Jacques-Alexandre Bossu 2 days ago

Last reply by TerryN21 4 hours ago

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Website login blocked

I use Simplify.com to track some financial data but I cannot log in from the Firefox browser. I can get to the login screen but when I click login there is a spinning cir… (read more)

I use Simplify.com to track some financial data but I cannot log in from the Firefox browser. I can get to the login screen but when I click login there is a spinning circle which never stops. I think I have found ways to put this in the exceptions but nothing works. I have a similar issue with Zinio.com. I can get to the website but cannot login. For both of these sites I have to use Google Chrome to get in.

Asked by klancey7 3 days ago

Answered by klancey7 4 hours ago

Ctrl key suddenly crazy zooming

All of a sudden when I hit the ctrl key my screen starts zooming in like mad. this is without pressing + or minus or touching my mouse. Means I'm not longer able to use c… (read more)

All of a sudden when I hit the ctrl key my screen starts zooming in like mad. this is without pressing + or minus or touching my mouse. Means I'm not longer able to use control C or Control V for copy and paste, and it's driving me mad. Any help?

Asked by kmerc 1 day ago

Last reply by TerryN21 4 hours ago

Firefox Toolbar Bookmarks Disappeared.... Again!

So for the second time this month my bookmarks in my toolbar have disappeared. I was signed into my Firefox account both times they went missing. I tired to restore from … (read more)

So for the second time this month my bookmarks in my toolbar have disappeared. I was signed into my Firefox account both times they went missing. I tired to restore from backup...... nothing. I made sure that the tool bar was enabled.... nothing. I'm so frustrated, as I am in full-time school with three days left in my term and all my textbooks and course sites are GONE!! I don't understand why this keeps happening.

Help!

Asked by skyelloyd42 14 hours ago

Last reply by cor-el 4 hours ago

How to Remove Unwanted Search Software

When I attempted to do a post purchase customer survey, the scoundrels at Target tricked me into installing an incredibly invasive, suspicious SearchesCentral browser, wh… (read more)

When I attempted to do a post purchase customer survey, the scoundrels at Target tricked me into installing an incredibly invasive, suspicious SearchesCentral browser, which has now replaced my Firefox browser. What can I say? I am not very computer saavy. How do I undo this ghastly error, and remove this potentially dangerous software from my brand new laptop?

Asked by Lira Vickers 6 hours ago

Last reply by FredMcD 5 hours ago

Separate Home Page from New Windows

Upgraded to a new Firefox version. Lost the ability to separate the Homepage from New Window behaviour. Is there no way to specify these two things separately? It seemed … (read more)

Upgraded to a new Firefox version. Lost the ability to separate the Homepage from New Window behaviour. Is there no way to specify these two things separately? It seemed to be working fine when I first upgraded, but in the options it shows everything as "Blank Page", so if I want to change my homepage URLs, I have to set it to that and if I do that, it undoes the separation of the homepage and new windows and I have to go set it again in about:config...? One of my most used features was this separation of the Homepage with New Windows, gave me a lot of control.

Asked by neijyry 1 day ago

Last reply by neijyry 5 hours ago

profiles

Hi ! Firefox asked me again to create a new profile. Third or forth time within a month or two. Nothing serious, I have to admit, takes a few minutes to recover bookmarks… (read more)

Hi !

Firefox asked me again to create a new profile. Third or forth time within a month or two. Nothing serious, I have to admit, takes a few minutes to recover bookmarks, reset duckduckgo as default search engine, etc., but why is it happening? Version 87.0, Windows 10, 64 bit.

And while I'm here... I use to download a lot of webpages, for information purposes, it's easier than to bookmark them all. Doesn't work correctly for a while now, they are not saved as webpages, but as something resembling html-format (or however to describe it)... Still working with Edge and Opera, so it must be a Firefox issue. And after each update Firefox was reset to French language automatically one or two days later, this also does not happen any more. I'm neither English nor French native speaker, so again, not a real problem, but why is it happening? or rather not happening any more?

Just curious... Thanks in advance for any hint Best regards Michael

Asked by micha.hoelt 8 hours ago

Last reply by cor-el 6 hours ago

Old versions of passwords, how to make Firefox replace password instead of creating an extra copy of login and password

I don't want Firefox to store all my passwords from the past, for some sites where I change password a lot it keeps 4-5 versions of the same login with different passwor… (read more)

I don't want Firefox to store all my passwords from the past, for some sites where I change password a lot it keeps 4-5 versions of the same login with different passwords and dates. How to stop this madness?

Asked by vladimiruso 10 hours ago

Last reply by cor-el 6 hours ago

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missing bookmarks

Installed new hard disk Windows 10. I've downloaded and installed current Firefox program, however, my previous bookmarks did not reinstall. Did some research but could… (read more)

Installed new hard disk Windows 10. I've downloaded and installed current Firefox program, however, my previous bookmarks did not reinstall. Did some research but could the file where they might be located. I thought that FC saves everything to the cloud at closing which would this problem. Thanking you in advance: Dr. Steve

Asked by drdreambuilder 8 hours ago

Answered by cor-el 7 hours ago