Firefox not starting windows 10
Win 10laptop had Firefox installed and working. Suddenly stopped after some windows updates. I have Uninstalled several times, both vanilla and using IOBIT program. Deleted the program file folder, and the local apps profile. Won't start in safe mode either. I don't even see anything in task manager when clicking. No error messages.
However.....tried installing developer version and it works fine!
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Hmm, that is strange.
Do you have any security or anti-exploit software that logs any activity related to starting Firefox?
Do you notice any unusual messages in the Windows event viewer?
Regular Firefox and Firefox Developer Edition both run as firefox.exe so if this was a case of malware suppressing it, you wouldn't expect a different result. They do install into different folders, but I don't know whether that could possibly be a factor:
C:\Program Files\Firefox Developer Edition
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox
You could do a custom install of regular Firefox into a different folder and see whether that actually makes any difference: Custom installation of Firefox on Windows.
Hi, Checked event viewer. Error timeout waiting for registry mutex code 172.
See attached file.
More information... I can't start FF in safe mode, either via icon or cmd line. But if I boot windows into safe mode, then FF works! The dev version still works fine so maybe I just use it until it moves to prod.
I don't think the error in the Event Viewer could not be it, since that only appears once in a while. Windows Safe Mode bypasses some of your startup programs/services. You could look at those in Autoruns and see whether anything seems inappropriate:
Thanks for advice! I Uninstaller old webroot software and all is good now! Not sure why the sudden change but happy all good. Thanks so much for the help!