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Firefox keeps spontaniously adding new bookmarks

Periodically Firefox will randomly bookmark the page I'm on without any prompting from me, and without telling me. I have no idea how often it does this, but every couple… (read more)

Periodically Firefox will randomly bookmark the page I'm on without any prompting from me, and without telling me. I have no idea how often it does this, but every couple of weeks I'll scroll to the bottom of my bookmarks menu to discover anywhere from one to fifteen new bookmarks that I didn't put there. All will be pages I remember visiting within the time since I last looked, and some that I visit particularly often (like my homepage or my email page) will be bookmarked in duplicate as many as five times.

When I checked earlier today the bookmarks included (if I'm remembering correctly) Google (3 times), two or three different Wikipedia articles that I read earlier this week, my email inbox, 2 questions I'd answered on Yahoo! Answers within the last few days as well as my "My Activity" page on the same site, my email inbox (twice), my profile page on Sporepedia, and an article I'd recently read on some mythology blog that I neither follow nor recall the name of. I think there might have been one or two others, but I'm not certain. I've since removed all of these from the end of the list.

The first time this happened (that I'm aware of), there was a new separator after the last bookmark I'd actually put there and before the new ones (the new bookmarks are always added at the very end of the list, uncategorized), although I've since gotten rid of that separator and no more new separators have appeared.

Has anyone else had this issue? Do you know what might be causing it, or how to fix it?

Asked by BrokenEye 6 years ago

Last reply by BrokenEye 6 years ago

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bookmarks disappeared

After restarting my computer, I got a new FF web page and ALL my bookmarks as well as history have been deleted. How do I get them ALL back? I have tried every solution o… (read more)

After restarting my computer, I got a new FF web page and ALL my bookmarks as well as history have been deleted.

How do I get them ALL back?

I have tried every solution on the Mozilla Help section - I cant do a Restore I have a very old version of backups - 2016

The online help system is going around and around in circles not giving any solutions. 4 hours of trying to sort this out is ridculous.

I really do not want to have to move to Chrome, I far prefer Mozilla, but I can not afford to loose more time sorting this problem out. If not resolved here, I will reluctantly have to restart all my bookmarks in Chrome.

I need all my bookmarks - some are work related.

Please Help

Asked by bulldwang 1 year ago

Answered by FredMcD 1 year ago

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Where did my bookmark folders go with new update?

I installed the new Firefox update this morning and when I click on the bookmarks icon at the top my bookmark folders have vanished. the only bookmarks I have are my rece… (read more)

I installed the new Firefox update this morning and when I click on the bookmarks icon at the top my bookmark folders have vanished. the only bookmarks I have are my recently bookmarked ones.

Where did they go?

Asked by lonegreywolf20 2 years ago

Answered by cor-el 2 years ago

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How did I just lost my History and Bookmarks without me doing it?

It was another day having my Browser up and then as I clicked on the Bookmarks (All Gone) also my History (All Gone) I didn't do anything. I tried to look for my Profile … (read more)

It was another day having my Browser up and then as I clicked on the Bookmarks (All Gone) also my History (All Gone) I didn't do anything. I tried to look for my Profile and backup. Not there either. What in the ? Happened to it?

Asked by MGPfls 4 years ago

Last reply by MGPfls 4 years ago

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I can't add new bookmarks.

I recently reinstalled Mozilla and I can't drag and drop new bookmarks, nor can I import my old bookmarks from an HTML file. If I drag and drop a tab to the bookmarks are… (read more)

I recently reinstalled Mozilla and I can't drag and drop new bookmarks, nor can I import my old bookmarks from an HTML file. If I drag and drop a tab to the bookmarks area, it just opens a new browser window.

I have no add-ons installed, I only use AdBlocker, have been for years. I've restarted in safe mode, same thing.

When I click import from HTML in the Library, they appear in the lefthand column in a folder called Bookmarks toolbar. I just can't drag them to the browser toolbar, where they used to be.

Asked by cutkiller 2 years ago

Answered by cutkiller 2 years ago

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folders on bookmarks toolbar do not open

My bookmarks toolbar contains a mix of links and folders with sets of related links within them. When I first start Firefox these links and the links within the folders … (read more)

My bookmarks toolbar contains a mix of links and folders with sets of related links within them. When I first start Firefox these links and the links within the folders are all available and work fine. However, later, the folders are still visible but will not open. This seems to be after I have minimised Firefox and later re-maximised it. To fix this I have to close Firefox and restart it. I am up to date with version 55.0.3 (32-bit) running under Win 7.1 (64 bit).

Some possibly related observations that might help are:

1 - whenever this happens the three-bar menu button has an exclamation mark over it, and it won't open either. I suspect that's a big clue.

2 - when Firefox asks for my master password the dialog is mostly off-screen top left and cannot be dragged onto screen. This is new behavior that seems to be coincident with the advent of the bookmarks problem.

Speculating, I wonder if the window that opens for a bookmarks folder is in fact opening but is being drawn somewhere off screen and thus only appears unresponsive. Could there be something overwriting the screen origin co-ordinates to create this appearance.

I have noted what appears to be a related question that addresses disappearance of folders but in my case the icons are still visible just not active. The bookmarks library clearly shows these bookmarks as present after I have restarted.

Any ideas / solutions will be much appreciated.

Thanks

Al

Asked by PeruvianBear 2 years ago

Last reply by PeruvianBear 2 years ago

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How to get settings back? Suddenly EVERYTHING (bookmarks, passwords, addons,..) is gone!

Hi everyone, Recently I was cleaning some malware/viruses/spyware/worms and all other nasty files located on hard drive of computer. Actually I still have them but this i… (read more)

Hi everyone,

Recently I was cleaning some malware/viruses/spyware/worms and all other nasty files located on hard drive of computer. Actually I still have them but this is NOT the purpose of my message. The problem is that I lost everything in Firefox. All my bookmarks that I cannot live without are gone. ALL. Each and every bookmark is gone. Saved passwords are gone. Addons are gone. Online banking certificate is gone. Also when I click CTRL T to add new tab in same window I get extremely annoying squares (3 lines and each line with 5 squares) which are graphically showing websites I have visited. Please if someone could help me to get everything back, particularly bookmarks are extremely important.

I tried to do three possible tasks but neither of them worked.

TASK ONE:

Usage of about:<wbr>profiles command in address bar but it is reporting error message saying The address isn't valid.

TASK TWO (consisting of multiple steps):

step 1: finding old firefox profiles I could manage to find. I hope they are NOT all otherwise I am in huge trouble. Hopefully something was overlooked and you will see why in upcoming steps.

step 2: clicking Open menu icon on the left hand side of firefox consisting of three horizontal lines and click Open Help Menu icon and then click Troubleshooting Information

step 3: clicking about:profiles in section Application Basics. Here I then added every single profile I am aware of via button Create A New Profile

step 4: for each of profile I got listed, I clicked on Launch profile in new browser and my bookmarks, together with other settings (online banking certificate, saved passwords, addons,...) were NOT ( !!! ) there. In neither of profile. I pray that I overlooked some saved profile...

TASK THREE:

Bookmarks menu\Show All Bookmarks\Import And Backup\Restore. However, In this submenu Restore there is nothing to be restored.

Someone please help me as I really need to get, particularly but not only bookmarks, back.

Waiting extremely anxiously for your reply...

Thank you in advance a billion times!

Asked by SadPerson0 2 years ago

Answered by FredMcD 2 years ago

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Bookmarks have been lost and I get following message "Unable to process the backup file." when I try to restore. I tried using Places Maintenance but checking

I tried Places Maintenance and first got this message > Task: stats - Unable to collect stats. When I clicked NEXT, I received the Checking Integrity note in the Box a… (read more)

I tried Places Maintenance and first got this message > Task: stats - Unable to collect stats. When I clicked NEXT, I received the Checking Integrity note in the Box and this has hung up overnight. Needed to cancel it this morning. I assume it should not take 10 hours...Please help

Asked by JAMA 2 years ago

Last reply by jscher2000 2 years ago

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My bookmarks have disappeared after Mozilla updated my browser.

It appears that Mozilla did an update to my browser this morning -- to Version 55.0 (32-bit) -- and now my bookmarks are gone. There seems to be some bookmark backups, bu… (read more)

It appears that Mozilla did an update to my browser this morning -- to Version 55.0 (32-bit) -- and now my bookmarks are gone. There seems to be some bookmark backups, but the normal restore process is not working. Please advise.

Asked by jarice2 2 years ago

Last reply by jscher2000 2 years ago

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Firefox will not save bookmark or json file. Refresh didn't help.

I am unable to get Firefox (43.0.4) to export my bookmark or json file. The files are NOT created. I've tried refreshing my profile, but that didn't help. While I realiz… (read more)

I am unable to get Firefox (43.0.4) to export my bookmark or json file. The files are NOT created.

I've tried refreshing my profile, but that didn't help. While I realize that there is a places maintenance extension, I'd like to know what is causing this issue and to find a permanent solution as I backup my data files quite regularly. I can see the places.sqlite file, so I know it's there.

I've not seen this issue before and would appreciate any advice or suggestions on why this happened (corruption?) and how to fix it !

Many thanks.

Asked by Technofile 4 years ago

Last reply by Technofile 4 years ago

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Bookmarks are not working

I have Firefox 44.0.2 but this problem has been going on even on previous versions. If I click on the star it goes through the motions of placing a bookmark. I even see t… (read more)

I have Firefox 44.0.2 but this problem has been going on even on previous versions. If I click on the star it goes through the motions of placing a bookmark. I even see this animation of a star moving to the list of bookmarks. But when I go into the bookmarks they are not listed. I have tried right clicking on the page and clicking the star and I have tried it form the tool bar. Neither works. I have also renamed the places.sqlite to places.sqlite.old and that doesn't seem to do a thing.

Asked by twnorman 4 years ago

Answered by twnorman 4 years ago

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Tried to fix Firefox crashes, lost all my bookmarks + FF app support folder

I tried to create a new user profile to solve the Ugh! Firefox has crashed problem. Now my Firefox application support file has disappeared! And I appear to have lost all… (read more)

I tried to create a new user profile to solve the Ugh! Firefox has crashed problem. Now my Firefox application support file has disappeared! And I appear to have lost all my bookmarks. I tried to restore from Time machine. Didn't work.

Asked by Mikow 1 year ago

Last reply by FredMcD 1 year ago

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I lost bookmarks of all my life / Need Help to repair them please

Hello, I'm a little angry right now because I have lost bookmarks of all my life and I need your help to repair it please? I don't know why but somehow, Firefox which I … (read more)

Hello,

I'm a little angry right now because I have lost bookmarks of all my life and I need your help to repair it please? I don't know why but somehow, Firefox which I use for years ; (Thx by the way) ; corrupted my data on the run...? I started Firefox again but, no extension, no bookmarks, etc.. I Have kept a backup of all this FF profile, just in case.

My 1st step was to try to get a new profile a import my previous data from Firefox Sync - but somehow , I'm angry at myself again for not understanding how FF Sync work, no data from FFSync updated my data - It stayed like this for a long time , like a new profile without data (I used Xmarks before so I thought it was replacing it).

2nd step: I tried to load all bookmarks-xxx.jsonlz4 located in the bookmarkbackups folder from the FF bookmarks tools (Import / export ; etc). FF seems to see all the bookmarks but can't load them. What is really important here is that FF backed up files for like a month and even my oldest file is unusable  : bookmarks-2019-01-19-xxx.jsonlz4 !!

3rd step: I tried to get my data back from FF files, in bookmarks files like bookmarks-2019-01-19-xxx.jsonlz4 from the bookmarkbackups folder. Someone pointed me to use the https://www.jeffersonscher.com/ffu/bookbackreader.html website but all the jsonlz4 files in the bookmarkbackups folder seems corrupted (or the format of files changed and his tool may need to be updated ?)

Example : File name: bookmarks-2019-01-19_2392_mKZssqkWMZt+Mqt-HOi68A==.jsonlz4; Size: 283114; last modified 18/01/2019 à 12:38:42 (failed JSON parsing: SyntaxError: Unexpected token in JSON at position 21928) Note: To try a different file, reload this page Can't seem to acces the step 2 part even after waiting longer

4th step: tried to get old Backup of my FF Profiles with Windows 10 Shadow Copy System, "Shadow Explorer" or "System Restore Explorer" Found 3 backup wich I restored also, all bookmarks seems to get the same problem. I think I'll need to look in to this because It's not official Windows tools, but I'm really disapointed here.. I think I'll put them on md5sum tools to compare them for a start.

5th step : tried to repair my <places.sqlite> a (80MB files) which I found renamed to sqlite.corrupt. With the help of http://www.froebe.net/blog/2015/05/27/error-sqlite-database-is-malformed-solved/ , all I can get is a empty database at the end, but Im not a sqlite expert so if anyone has an idea :-)

So please, any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you. (and sorry for my english)

Asked by silou 1 year ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 year ago

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Bookmarks painfully slow after 48.0.2 Firefox update

Everything was hunky dory until the awful v48 update. With no other changes to the system, bookmarks are now annoyingly slow to use. If I try to bookmark this page for ex… (read more)

Everything was hunky dory until the awful v48 update. With no other changes to the system, bookmarks are now annoyingly slow to use. If I try to bookmark this page for example, FF has to think for 2-5 seconds before I can enter tags. After saving the bookmark it freezes for another 1-3 seconds before I can do anything else. This is an awful downgrade.

There were absolutely no other changes to my setup except for the update. I didn't change any preference, install an addon, or the like. In any case, I performed a safe mode test and this makes the pauses even worse.

What else can I try? Your FF knowledge would be greatly appreciated.

Asked by jasu 3 years ago

Answered by John99 3 years ago

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How do I get my bookmarks back? They disappeared yesterday and I've followed all help topics in vain. I can't even install new ones.

My bookmarks have vanished. This problem began when I had iTunes and Firefox open. My iTunes songs were "skipping," which had never happened before. I closed Firefox and … (read more)

My bookmarks have vanished. This problem began when I had iTunes and Firefox open. My iTunes songs were "skipping," which had never happened before. I closed Firefox and iTunes, and I ran my Piriform CCleaner program to clear out temporary files, which I do regularly.

I ended up updating iTunes to make it work, but not before my bookmarks disappeared with the message on my browser: "The bookmarks and history system will not be functional because one of Firefox's files is in use by another application. Some security software can cause this problem."

Worse, Firefox won't allow me to add new bookmarks.

I followed all topics in support and nothing has changed this problem. I've restarted and shut down the computer. I ran a full-system security scan. I even uninstalled and reinstalled Firefox.

Please help!

Asked by myjumpspace 2 years ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 year ago

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poor browser performance lately

For about the last month I have seen my Firefox browser get very slow. I also see for a brief time, a message at the top that says "Firefox not responding" when I access … (read more)

For about the last month I have seen my Firefox browser get very slow. I also see for a brief time, a message at the top that says "Firefox not responding" when I access a web site. This message at the top of my screen window only lasts for a short time, and then disappears. I would appreciate any help and suggestions that may help my problem. Thank you.

Asked by sciencemagic 3 years ago

Last reply by sciencemagic 3 years ago

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Firefox crashes

On the morning of October 1st, 2016 I was trying to move April's webhistory into September's Webhistory by tricking my computer into thinking it was still September 30th,… (read more)

On the morning of October 1st, 2016 I was trying to move April's webhistory into September's Webhistory by tricking my computer into thinking it was still September 30th, so that I wouldn't have to randomly search through the massive category of "older than 6 months" eventually Firefox refused to continue loading pages or even access older pages on my tabhistory. I restarted my computer & allowed an update to Firefox to activate, however when I reactivated Firefox it took a lot longer to load than normal, only for it to show a crash message after about 1 minute each time I tried to start it, safe mode & restarting my PC made no difference.

    Eventually I had the insane idea to copy all of my firefox information onto a flashdrive then completely refresh it on my main computer, however even then there was no difference. In frustration I decided to start using the vastly inferior browser known as internet explorer, I looked into Mozilla support using it. I got this computer in late July 2013, & was extremely careful with it, there were no virus threats or anything on this computer & I'm still using Windows 8.
    This is my most recent crash Crash ID: bp-c995142e-114e-4ae4-a013-4dd1a2161003
    This is probably the oldest Firefox restart crash in the chain Crash ID: bp-f9bd6bcf-f99b-4276-9ac3-e790f2161001

Hopefully this information helps some.

Asked by WaterKirby1994 3 years ago

Answered by FredMcD 3 years ago

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Bookmark Backup No Longer Produces .json File!?!?

When I invoke Bookmarks/Show All Bookmarks/Import and Backup/backup... in Firefox 60.0.1, nothing seems to happen. I cannot find any file named bookmarks-yyyy-mm-dd.json… (read more)

When I invoke Bookmarks/Show All Bookmarks/Import and Backup/backup... in Firefox 60.0.1, nothing seems to happen. I cannot find any file named bookmarks-yyyy-mm-dd.json (I didn't change the default file name but of course I had to select a directory) anywhere on my computer. Am I doing something stupid?

Last time I did this was 2017-12-20 -- no problems backing up and restoring bookmarks then -- but that was with an older version of Firefox (obviously). FYI I'm running the 64bit version on a 64bit Windows 7 SP1 system. -- jclarkw

Asked by jclarkw 2 years ago

Answered by jscher2000 1 year ago

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My bookmarks are missing, and the help just flips back to where I started over and over.

I went to help. then missing lost bookmarks, then recover lost bookmarks, then it goes back to lost, and then again to recover. Where can I find them and get them back. … (read more)

I went to help. then missing lost bookmarks, then recover lost bookmarks, then it goes back to lost, and then again to recover. Where can I find them and get them back.

Asked by janvandenhout 1 year ago

Last reply by jscher2000 1 year ago

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I lost the bookmark star button from next to the address bar.

There is right now literally no obvious way to bookmark a page. This is a serious flaw in the browser. The Forum instructions say to restore it from "Customize." But it'… (read more)

There is right now literally no obvious way to bookmark a page. This is a serious flaw in the browser.

The Forum instructions say to restore it from "Customize." But it's not there, just the bookmark menu button, which does not allow you to bookmark a page. It then says restore defaults. That doesn't restore the star either. Does anyone know how to get it back once it's gone? It should not be so difficult that I can't figure it out.

Asked by Zorro2013 2 years ago

Answered by Zorro2013 2 years ago