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Destructive downloads. Or other improvements that impair the function of my computer on the Internet in the same way that Microsoft "improves" the Internet.
A Firefox download seems to have hidden or deleted all of my bookmarks. How do I find or restore them. I want to use them in Chrome in the likely vain hope that it won't screw around with my computer. And of course I will delete Firefox and never use it again
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A download should have no effect on the browser. Did anything else happen?
What about the rest of your profile? Settings, bookmarks, history, passwords . . . .
Restore Bookmark Backups
Firefox automatically makes backups of the bookmarks. These are stored in the bookmarkbackups folder.
Open the Bookmarks Manager; Press the Alt or F10 key to bring up the toolbar, and select Bookmarks. Hot key is <Control> (Mac=<Command>) <Shift> B. Firefox 84+ <Control> (Mac=<Command>) <Shift> O.
Once the window is open, at the top of the page, press the button labeled Import and Backup. Select Restore. From the list, pick the file you want and click it.
The backups are stored in a jsonlz4 file named something like this; bookmarks-2016-06-29_1424_enD1GTH ya0JmicnYWg4V4g==.jsonlz4
In this example; 2016-06-29 = date created, 1424 = number of entries.