Have used Firefox for several years. Today I was forced to upgrade to Skype 7.1. Immediately after the installation of Skype, Firefox would no longer connect to the inter… (read more)
Have used Firefox for several years. Today I was forced to upgrade to Skype 7.1. Immediately after the installation of Skype, Firefox would no longer connect to the internet or load web pages (tab says "Connecting..." forever). Other applications and browsers work fine and there's no interruption to PC internet connectivity. After about 2-3 minutes of this, Firefox will crash if left alone.
After that, firefox.exe remains as a process and can never be ended. I try "End Process" and "End Process Tree" in Task Manager without success.
Firefox remains as a task in Task Manager forever, even when the browser window appears closed. If I try to re-open Firefox from there, I get the error "Firefox is already running but is not responding". When I click "Close Firefox", I get a new error message that says "Your Firefox profile cannot be loaded. It may be missing or inaccessible". After I "OK" out of that, I can't do anything but re-start the computer to get rid of firefox.exe from Task Manager...and then the cycle repeats.
Not sure if Skype is to blame as Firefox also updated itself today. I blame Skype because it was doing the same weird hanging in Task Manager without ever closing until I disabled video processing in Skype (and because of the suspicious timing).
I've tried clean re-installs, running Firefox with add-ons disabled, and re-installing Skype as well. Same behavior in all cases.
Any suggestions? Note that I'm submitting this from a different machine.