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What is moz-extension and what purpose does it serve (Firefox v48.0)?

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I have set Firefox v48.0 to not record history in order to effectively achieve private browsing and thus enhance privacy. The only thing that now appears in History is a "moz-extension" in the following format: moz-extension://f111111b1-1111-1fae-1111-ef11111d11be/background.html. I've replaced each of the figures by a "1" so as to simply illustrate the structure. I don't know and have not been able to find out just what the moz-extension is and what purpose it serves here. Thanks heaps.

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Greetings All

Thought I'd just complete the loop and let you know that a couple of days ago I had an email respnse from Awesome Screen Shot which said "The developer will fix it later. Please wait for some time.".

I guess that means we should not hold our collective or individual breaths ........

Regardless, thanks to each of you who contributed insights and suggestions in the quest for a quicker solution.. Great stuff!

With appreciation from Downunder!

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RHills said

. . . the nuclear approach of refreshing Firefox and I'll keep that in mind.

These add-ons can be a great help by backing up and restoring Firefox

FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) {web link} FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions, history, passwords, and more. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your saved files individually into installable .xpi files. It will also make backups of files that you choose.

OPIE {web link} Import/Export extension preferences

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Greetings!

An interim finding: the moz-extension also appears when Firefox is in "normal" (not private) mode ......

And, yes, Awesome Screen Shot is v3.0.11, updated 5 August. Until yesterday, I had not used it since the new version. Quite a different UI and, I guess, in the software itself.

Thanks.

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Big heap of thanks FredMcD!

I figure that one or other of those add-ons will simplify the Firefox refresh procedure. Great stuff!!

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G'day Everyone!

The saga continues ...... :-(.

More than a week ago I emaied the "care" email address at Diigo with full details of this situation but have received no response.

Does anyone know of another, more useful, email address at Diigo?

Also, I can't find any way of emailing Mozilla to ask for their input. Can anyone help with that?

Thanks heaps ...... and I mean it!!  :-)

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Once in a while one of their trouble-shooters takes a look around in this forum. There is no way for us to contact them.

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Thanks, FredMcD.

I appreciate knowing that there is no direct contactablility with Mozilla - makes it a bit hard.

I did a Refresh and checked the History before installing any Extensions. Therefore Awesome Screen Shot was not available. Nevertheless, the same line of History appeared as before. Strikes me that means the problem lies in Firefox .......

Scratching my head now on another course of action.

Appreciation to you.

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Greetings All

Thought I'd just complete the loop and let you know that a couple of days ago I had an email respnse from Awesome Screen Shot which said "The developer will fix it later. Please wait for some time.".

I guess that means we should not hold our collective or individual breaths ........

Regardless, thanks to each of you who contributed insights and suggestions in the quest for a quicker solution.. Great stuff!

With appreciation from Downunder!

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Taking a Screen shot; Windows > Start > search box > Snip. Select Snipping Tool. Use a compressed image type like PNG or JPG to save the screenshot. Save the picture(s) to your desktop. Now look at the Reply box below. Press the button under it that says Browse. Now select the screen-shot(s) from the desktop and load them one at a time.

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G'day FredMcD!

Don't know just what screenshot your latest posting refers to ......

Happy to do it if it can help!!

Regards.

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It can replace Awesome Screen Shot for now.

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(to much hussle to check if this solution was already mentioned, sorry!) For Mac -users with Time Machine I found this solution to elliminate the moz-extension etc: -Select user/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles -Time Machine: go as far back in time when you didn't have this problem -replace the Firefox Profiles from there with the present Profiles

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Thank you Reinaartdevos, I appreciate your thinking.

I'm not operating a Mac system, rather a PC running Win 7. I have spent a bit of time trying to parallel your steps in the Win 7 environment but so far have not found something I can recognise as equivalent.

Any thoughts?

Incidentally, with the passage of time my Firefox version has now become 50.1.0.

Thanks again!!

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RHills! I don't know how you should do that on a Windows. Time Machine (on a Mac) is a back-up program. You can back-up your computer as many times you wish, on an external HD. I do it once a week. So this ti,me a copied the Profiles-file from november 2016. On a Windows I assume the action could go the same way. But the condition must be: -you have an external HD on which -you back-up regulary your PC -try then to find the Profiles somewhere in the past and -replace your present Profiles-file by the one of the past. I hope that this is not a painful proof of the difference Windows-Apple (little joke!)

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Thanks again, Reinaartdevos.

Nah, 'tis not a painful proof of the difference Windows-Apple ..... ;-)

I likewise backup my libraries and key system elements each week but as my external HD is only 1TB I have to delete older files. I've just now checked and see that my backups date only from early September 2016 whereas this moz problem started in mid-August.

So I don't have a copy of the pre-moz Mozilla profile. Drat!!

Nevertheless, I much appreciate your effort.

Best wishes from The Land Downunder.

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And you the best wishes to from the "Country Below"!

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RHills!! I discovered my method as described above doesn't work....That moz-extension etc-file pops up again...... Now I think I have discovered the cause, anyway with me. I did shut down all my add-ons. Than I started them one by one, everytime reshutting/restarting Firefox. Every add-on was OK, but....Ghostery gave me the problem!! I So I deleted Ghostery, and installed instead "DoNotTrackMe" which appears after installing as "Blur" and does the same as Ghostery. Hope this might be a help!

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