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Why did Firefox update to a new version without my permission?

My firefox automatically updated to version 52. It was bad enough that firefox was updating small things, in the background, without my permission. But NEVER has it updated to a whole new version without my say-so. I was purposely avoiding version 52 because I know the firefox team decided to block Unity player from working in it. I have a huge number of bookmarks to pages that use Unity. Now, they're completely useless. I did NOT want this version of firefox! If I had wanted it, I damn well know how to update it on my own! I don't need a browser that goes behind my back, ignores my decisions not to update, and does whatever the hell it wants to even when I have denied its permission to do so (multiple times, as I've found the permissions changed more than once - that isn't the case this time). I need a browser that actually does what I want it to do, not what some team of people think it should do. I've been using firefox pretty much since it was first introduced. But they have definitely lost a formerly loyal user here. Not due of the blocking of Untiy (which, by the way, I find extremely idiotic - the Firefox team isn't smart enough to program around problems, so they have to block everything like don't like, then blame websites for not keeping up? Lazy.), but because they apparently feel that my wishes and needs for the browser I use aren't worth giving a damn about. I need a browser that keeps pace with websites, and pays attention when I don't want it acting on its own. Firefox is no longer that browser. Not for myself, and not for anyone else. I've been using firefox for a very long time. Since version 1.5 came out. If I'm leaving after using it this long, it's only a matter of time before others do, if they haven't started already. No, I won't simply be going to Chrome. I don't give a damn that Google blocked Unity as well. Firefox has turned their competition with Chrome into a pissing match, without giving a damn whose legs they're pissing on. I'm not staying to find out who wins, and I know I'm not the only one who has stopped caring.

Last updated 4 months ago

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FF is out of control w upgrades costing me too many add-ons - where can I find older versions of FF to install

How do I find an archive of older versions of FF to install in place of the newer, increasingly less desirable versions? FF 53 (32-bit & 64-bit) just broke my critical add-on, Lazarus. FF has been coming out with major, minor, and dot.point releases at such a machine-gun pace that it never seems to stabilize and crashes much too often. Also authors of some of my most valuable add-ons have thrown up their hands trying to keep up with changes and I can no longer use them. The newer versions of FF take too long to load, even from my SSD, take up MUCH too much RAM (which creeps up the longer it sits, so there might be memory leaks), crash too often, and take away desired features (like an option for keeping tabs below the address bar and bookmarks, flush with the tab windows). Classic Theme Restorer used to solve this, but that, too, is no longer compatible. I have one consulting client (I've been a consulting software developer for 42 years) who uses old Windows XP SP3 computers that run 24/7 (never blue-screened or locked up) that we only bounce when installing new h/w & s/w. They have copies of FF 4.x.x on them and he adamantly refuses to upgrade. I'm more likely to remote into work these days and use that browser than the auto-updated ones on all of my home desktops and laptops. I'm dreading the emergence of FrankenFox 57 where I expect to lose most of my valued add-ons. I already am forced to use "Show in IE" for many pages FF can't handle. I'll put 57 on one machine to see if you've given enough new value to replace the myriad lost add-ons, but I will feel more comfortable taking a few steps back from the current mare's nest. I've already switched from mobile FF to Dolphin on phones and tablets. I have been an evangelist for Mozilla since the start, but I might have to grit my teeth and move to Chrome or Opera [sigh...] So, please help me to find an archive of older versions and also let me know if I can run two radically different versions on the same machine without interfering with each other's profiles or add-ons. Also, let me know now if Thunderbird is also going to change radically. bluesun03@gmail.com

Solved — Last updated 4 months ago

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crashing at startup

My firefox has suddenly crashed and won’t restart. It says “We're Sorry Firefox had a problem and crashed. We’ll try to restore your tabs and windows when it restarts. To help us diagnose and fix the problem, you can send us a crash report.” etc It suggests I send a crash report to Mozilla but it says there was a problem submitting the report and a restart doesn’t happen. I’ve tried starting in safe mode (Shift + double click firefox icon) and it doesn’t work. I’ve tried the command line version with –safe-mode and it doesn’t work, always giving the same above apology. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled several times with no difference. I’ve tried older versions to no avail. I had forgotten how bad internet explorer was, but that is now the only way I can access the internet and it is giving me a very confusing presentation of the Mozilla support site and I am struggling to find where to submit my question so please excuse me if I have arrived in the wrong forum. I’m getting the feeling that I might have a plug-in problem, but I can’t open firefox to even start to address that possibility. Please help! The contents of the crash report (before I did any reinstallation) are below… (and I think I also have about 30 "crash" reports from my profile if they are relevant) AbortMessage: ###!!! ABORT: new XPCJSContext failed to initialize.: file c:/builds/moz2_slave/m-esr52-w32-000000000000000000/build/src/js/xpconnect/src/XPCJSContext.cpp, line 3474 AvailablePageFile: 3548864512 AvailablePhysicalMemory: 1419177984 AvailableVirtualMemory: 1864904704 BlockedDllList: BreakpadReserveAddress: 404553728 BreakpadReserveSize: 67108864 BuildID: 20170802111520 CPUMicrocodeVersion: 0x5 CrashTime: 1504774578 InstallTime: 1502711201 MozCrashReason: MOZ_CRASH() Notes: xpcom_runtime_abort(###!!! ABORT: new XPCJSContext failed to initialize.: file c:/builds/moz2_slave/m-esr52-w32-000000000000000000/build/src/js/xpconnect/src/XPCJSContext.cpp, line 3474) ProductID: {ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384} ProductName: Firefox ReleaseChannel: esr SafeMode: 0 SecondsSinceLastCrash: 16 StartupCrash: 1 StartupTime: 1504774578 SystemMemoryUsePercentage: 33 Throttleable: 1 TotalPageFile: 4131782656 TotalPhysicalMemory: 2146938880 TotalVirtualMemory: 2147352576 URL: UptimeTS: 11633.3028097 User32BeforeBlocklist: 1 Vendor: Mozilla Version: 52.3.0 On the submission page there are links to automatically add troubleshooting information, but they don't work for me (at least not through the IE access that I have)

Solved — Last updated 1 week ago

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malware problem

i clicked the 'play' icon/button at either putlocker or 123movies/gomovies for a movie hosted at openload server and Firefox downloaded some file with no extension. i went to my downloads folder and it wasn't there and my file manager didn't find anything with that name. where the f--- is "open containing folder"??! it was 30 minutes before i realized firefox ignored my change in DL location from earlier in the day and recreated the old location and put it there, both on my external SD card. i put it in a zip file and deleted the original. it's named xmmagTg3, 236 bytes, and while my device notifications and downloads still have it, it was somehow removed from about:downloads by 16 hours later, but while it was there, it had a "location" of where it was downloaded from of "resource data." phone has been acting up ever since: being really slow, lagging to execute actions; internal memory fluctuating and not changing when changes are made (it had 0.00 for a while, even tho i cleared cache and other things, then it jumped up to around 53MB an hour later, then 68.x Mb it should've been, then back to 53; later i deleted 86MB of thumbnail data and it took 20 minutes to register; bits of memory are disappearing and today, every change is impossibly in whole numbers of MB: 109, 108, 106, 105); i haven't been able to tell if the SD card memory has been similarly crazy. i started to reinstall AVG, but i realized i have to allow unknown sources, and i feel like that might give this whatever an even worse foothold. i can't sign into anything for security's sake, and i'm scared to even restart it for what may happen, but i'll have to because i'm at only 13% now and the USB port is broken so i have to take my battery out to charge it. i don't think i have enough to backup what's on internal storage, but should i even since the file was on my SD card? i unmounted the card to see if there was any improvement in performance, but i haven't noticed any. this isn't a Firefox question/problem per se, except that it was Firefox that didn't ask before downloading, which if it had, obviously I would've cancelled. so advice, ideas, recommendations that i might not have thought of??

Last updated 5 months ago

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