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MAJOR BUG: Firefox ignores the hosts file

PROBLEM: Firefox ignores the presence of the hosts file, never using it to resolve a URL. Even if the name appears in the hosts file and has been entered correctly, Fire… (read more)

PROBLEM:

Firefox ignores the presence of the hosts file, never using it to resolve a URL. Even if the name appears in the hosts file and has been entered correctly, Firefox uses it as a search term in the default search engine. Assuming that Firefox developers browse the web, they know about this problem and have willfully and negligently—and perhaps maliciously—ignored it for at least eight years.

SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM:

This is a problem with Firefox, not the local computer. This is Firefox's behavior in OS X and in Windows, thus also in IIS and Apache. It does not happen in Safari. Therefore the problem is Firefox. The operating system, the web server, the entries in the hosts file, and the user's typing skills are not the cause.

WHY THIS IS A PROBLEM:

Anyone using virtual hosting on their local computer for web development cannot test their sites with Firefox. Viewing a web site in the file system causes the links in the site to go to the computer's root, not the site's root. Viewing the web site with the computer's IP address cannot possibly work, because all of the virtual hosts have the same IP address, which is the whole point of virtual hosting.

The only way that virtual hosting can work is if the virtual hosts have different names. Firefox disables this major feature of IIS, Apache, and any other web server that might exist.

Firefox must not disable features of the web server.

RESOLUTION:

Repair Firefox code so that it attempts to resolve the name BOTH on the web and in the hosts file before using the URL as a search term in the default search engine. After all this time, there is no excuse for not fixing it now.

Asked by Harshan 7 years ago

Answered by jscher2000 7 years ago

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How to print only selected text from a webpage and not the whole page?

After selecting a segment of a web page for printing, I go to the icon for printing and that obliterates the selection leaving only the entire page as the selection to be… (read more)

After selecting a segment of a web page for printing, I go to the icon for printing and that obliterates the selection leaving only the entire page as the selection to be printed.

Asked by acs782 7 years ago

Answered by the-edmeister 7 years ago

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Firefox V30 will not create new tabs. OSX 10.9.3

I am not able to open a new tab. The "+" on the right of the existing tab changes color when I click it but no new tab appears. Selecting Command "T" does not create a ne… (read more)

I am not able to open a new tab.

The "+" on the right of the existing tab changes color when I click it but no new tab appears.

Selecting Command "T" does not create a new tab.

I can only get new tabs to appear by spawning these as an option within an existing page that opens new content in a new window.

Asked by markraphael 7 years ago

Answered by cor-el 7 years ago

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blank webpages everytime, even when i bypass cache!

I have verified with the site managers that the pages are not really blank. But firefox only shows them as blank every time. (Even when i bypass cache by hitting shift an… (read more)

I have verified with the site managers that the pages are not really blank. But firefox only shows them as blank every time. (Even when i bypass cache by hitting shift and click the refresh.)

How can i solve this? 

Here is a blank that shouldn't be:

https://creative.adobe.com/plans?plan=edu

Thanks!

Asked by coatli 7 years ago

Answered by cor-el 7 years ago

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How do I disable the "Security Warning" - encrpted script message when I log in to a website using https ?

Whenever I log onto a website via https (including my website), I get this message: Although this page is encrypted, the information you have entered is to be sent over… (read more)

Whenever I log onto a website via https (including my website), I get this message:

Although this page is encrypted, the information you have entered is to be sent over an unencrypted connection and could easily be read by a third party. Are you sure you want to continue sending this information? This is followed below with two boxes, "continue" and "cancel".

In order to connect with the website, I must click on "continue" each time I log onto the website. HOW do I permanently DISABLE this message?

Asked by DJCruiser 7 years ago

Answered by jscher2000 7 years ago

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When I start mozilla or open any link in a new window I get the desired page to load but an additional new tab page opens up along with it, fix?

When I start mozilla or open any link in a new window I get the desired page to load but an additional new tab page opens up along with it. I've tried switching my homepa… (read more)

When I start mozilla or open any link in a new window I get the desired page to load but an additional new tab page opens up along with it. I've tried switching my homepage to different things (new tab, firefox home, show blank page) but I always get an additional new tab to open. How do I get only a single page to open?

Asked by mickinabox 7 years ago

Answered by iamjayakumars 7 years ago

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How do I fix redirects when using Firefox 30? Windows 8.1.

I get redirected and/or pop ups while using Firefox 30 with Windows 8.1. It began immediately with the downloading of said Windows 8.1, so I think it came with that downl… (read more)

I get redirected and/or pop ups while using Firefox 30 with Windows 8.1. It began immediately with the downloading of said Windows 8.1, so I think it came with that download, and although I have run deep scans and even a pre-boot scan with Avast, plus a scan with IObit Anti Malware, I still get redirects and/or pop ups.

It is an intelligent redirect (context sensitive), but tries to get money from you. For example, I had tried to stop the pop ups [redirects, perhaps] with the pop up blocker likely built into Firefox, but Firefox Help led me instead to an 800 # that offered to connect remotely and fix my PC with Certified Techs as you will see in the chat below. It appeared to be a function of Firefox, not a redirect.

Just after the chat with the 800 outfit I opened FireFox and it went to the (default) url: start.mysearchdial.com/ and a string of more hash, which is possibly how the popups get propagated? I went to mozilla via url and soon got encouraged to download new version, saying current one out of date. But it was going to download from: http://downloadsoftware.pw/download/firefox2/

So it is not only very intelligent, it is also resistant to a lot of software removal tools.

What might you suggest? I have not tried many of those tools yet.

Asked by EvSenter 7 years ago

Answered by jscher2000 7 years ago

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captcha security when opening firefox

No other browsers are giving me this error. To continue, please type the characters below: Please enable images About this page Our systems have detected unusual traffi… (read more)

No other browsers are giving me this error.

To continue, please type the characters below:

Please enable images



About this page

Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network. This page checks to see if it's really you sending the requests, and not a robot. Why did this happen?

This page appears when Google automatically detects requests coming from your computer network which appear to be in violation of the Terms of Service. The block will expire shortly after those requests stop. In the meantime, solving the above CAPTCHA will let you continue to use our services.

This traffic may have been sent by malicious software, a browser plug-in, or a script that sends automated requests. If you share your network connection, ask your administrator for help — a different computer using the same IP address may be responsible. Learn more

Sometimes you may be asked to solve the CAPTCHA if you are using advanced terms that robots are known to use, or sending requests very quickly.

Asked by nathaniel.baker1 7 years ago

Answered by Maudib11 7 years ago

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when I start Firefox, just my home page used to open, all of a sudden, that along with a new tab opens - how do I get this to stop

When I start Firefox, just my home page (my g-mail) use to open. All of a sudden, my home page and some free computer game page opens. How can I get this other page to … (read more)

When I start Firefox, just my home page (my g-mail) use to open. All of a sudden, my home page and some free computer game page opens. How can I get this other page to not open anymore?

Thank you!

Asked by karenmcandrew 7 years ago

Answered by jscher2000 7 years ago

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"right click" on my mouse does not function

When I right click on a picture and the "different alternativs" box comes upp I left click on "open in another tab" nothing happens! Today avast told me I had a bad add o… (read more)

When I right click on a picture and the "different alternativs" box comes upp I left click on "open in another tab" nothing happens! Today avast told me I had a bad add on that should be taken away, so I did. Could that be the reason? How do I get the function back?

Asked by hurvan 7 years ago

Answered by the-edmeister 7 years ago

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Some Unicode characters are not displaying properly

I run into this mostly on Diaspora*, Gihub, and Wordpress sites. I either get the standard block character or something I've never seen before. see https://imgur.com/a/r5… (read more)

I run into this mostly on Diaspora*, Gihub, and Wordpress sites. I either get the standard block character or something I've never seen before.

see https://imgur.com/a/r5rvk for examples

Asked by teslas_moustache 7 years ago

Answered by jscher2000 7 years ago

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How can I set homepage to one of hotmail and other as google?

I have just switched from IE to Firefox. I used to open with google.co.uk on first page then hotmail on a second and then each time I clicked for a new page it defaulted … (read more)

I have just switched from IE to Firefox. I used to open with google.co.uk on first page then hotmail on a second and then each time I clicked for a new page it defaulted to google. I am not a techie but can anyone advise if this can be done in Firefox please?

Asked by CW 7 years ago

Answered by Diego Victor 7 years ago

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Is it possible to edit html files in firefox with notepad?

I have edited html files in IE with notepad but am unable to see how to do so in firefox. I looked under all the menu choices including tools and options but had no luck.… (read more)

I have edited html files in IE with notepad but am unable to see how to do so in firefox. I looked under all the menu choices including tools and options but had no luck. I googled the same question and got unclear answers. Thanks

Asked by WZ38 7 years ago

Answered by cor-el 7 years ago

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FireFox 30.0 keeps crashing and closing!

Been having problems lately and have tried everything that I have found on the support. Has seemed to get better, but still crashes??? Here are my Crash Report, hope the… (read more)

Been having problems lately and have tried everything that I have found on the support. Has seemed to get better, but still crashes??? Here are my Crash Report, hope they show in hyper-link! I just copied them from the about:crash window. I like FireFox and want to keep it as my browser. But it's a pain having it disappear while I'm typing or reading something, any help would be grateful!

Thanks Again, Richie

bp-68c088c1-f059-4630-b1f4-4426a2140627 6/27/2014 11:21 AM bp-5ce4bad0-e1fc-46f7-b39e-710b12140626 6/26/2014 7:14 PM bp-4481f72a-01f9-4af7-a3f0-c521c2140626 6/26/2014 1:45 PM bp-a0395394-fefb-4c3c-af1c-aa0ac2140626 6/26/2014 10:58 AM bp-74ac6b99-eefc-40d3-b9d7-2c0d52140626 6/26/2014 9:15 AM bp-daef8bf2-bb41-437e-8d87-c1dba2140626 6/26/2014 9:06 AM

Asked by RichieC 7 years ago

Answered by cor-el 7 years ago

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Can't open new tabs from menu, with double click, or with control + T

Was using firefox without issues till this AM. Now cannot get a new tab to open by double clicking on tab or by selecting "new tab" from file, or by using control + t. Ru… (read more)

Was using firefox without issues till this AM. Now cannot get a new tab to open by double clicking on tab or by selecting "new tab" from file, or by using control + t. Running OSX 10.6.8.

Asked by Runnin_Dave 7 years ago

Answered by iamjayakumars 7 years ago

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Youtube (https)security certificate issue

Hi I'm using latest firefox version with and recently I'm facing this strange issue ... everytime I try to visit youtube, to be specific, when not logged in on any google… (read more)

Hi

I'm using latest firefox version with and recently I'm facing this strange issue ... everytime I try to visit youtube, to be specific, when not logged in on any google accounts .. I can visit http://www.youtube.com but when I try to login, in which case it redirects to https:// and It shows the following error(check image url):

https://imageshack.com/i/ezbe0c53j

And if I try to add exception, it shows this screen(check image url):

https://imageshack.com/i/hj41802cj

(PS: Couldn't find upload option here so I had to use otherimage hosts)

Also I tried changing windows time, adding auto time sync from windows site and also tried changing profile, disabling add on and testing and also tried removing cache/cookies from both google.com and youtube.com and so far nothing worked ... I can't seem to access youtube while logged in (https)

Also its only youtube, no other website shows this security certificate error!

please provide a solution to this asap, thanks!

Asked by reyligh 7 years ago

Answered by reyligh 7 years ago