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I never use beta. First thing I always do is disable autoupdate, and download but let me know and all that stuff. I have Never check for updates, checked. I was just using my browser on a website and it started downloading, I couldn't find a way to stop it. I clicked my Help/About Firefox toolbar to see what version I am running, it says 16.01 so this has happened before, because it should be, old like Version 10. It also says "Restart to update". Under that it says, "You are currently on the release update channel". I went to about:config after searching for a solution and looked at a few app.update things they seem to be proper like false. First I want to know can I delete the update before I close and restart, or after I close and before I restart so it does not update ? I like my current version, well actually I HATE updates, they always mess my junk up. Let alone this wants to do it by itself even though It should be set not to. Second What do I need to change or look at to force it not to update or download or any of that ? My update history goes back to version 11, says new version 11 installed April 25th, 2012. (I have used FF for many years.) All the others, 12.0, 15.0.1, 16.0.1 and now 17.0 are security updates. Although I have created a few new profiles this year, BUT the first thing I do is tell it no updating and of course go through ALL the settings.

I never use beta. First thing I always do is disable autoupdate, and download but let me know and all that stuff. I have Never check for updates, checked. I was just using my browser on a website and it started downloading, I couldn't find a way to stop it. I clicked my Help/About Firefox toolbar to see what version I am running, it says 16.01 so this has happened before, because it should be, old like Version 10. It also says "Restart to update". Under that it says, "You are currently on the release update channel". I went to about:config after searching for a solution and looked at a few app.update things they seem to be proper like false. First I want to know can I delete the update before I close and restart, or after I close and before I restart so it does not update ? I like my current version, well actually I HATE updates, they always mess my junk up. Let alone this wants to do it by itself even though It should be set not to. Second What do I need to change or look at to force it not to update or download or any of that ? My update history goes back to version 11, says new version 11 installed April 25th, 2012. (I have used FF for many years.) All the others, 12.0, 15.0.1, 16.0.1 and now 17.0 are security updates. Although I have created a few new profiles this year, BUT the first thing I do is tell it no updating and of course go through ALL the settings.

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David Tenser 30 solutions 310 answers

Hi Dadsgetndown,

I understand your preference to stay on older versions of Firefox, but I still need to tell you about the security risks that choice will expose you to. THere is a very important reason why you should always make sure you're running the latest version of your web browser, regardless of whether that's Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or anything else. Because of the nature of the web and the people that make it up, the web browser is your weakest link on your computer, so choosing to stay on an old version of Firefox is a little like choosing to not lock your car when leaving it at the parking lot: the car is exposed, but of course thiefs may still not notice it and try to break into it.

With that said, there is a way to make Firefox stop upgrading automatically. Which version would you like to stay on? Here is a thread that walks you through how to install Firefox 3.6 and permanently lock it down: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/825143. I definitely don't recommend this given the above reasons, but if this is what you want, we offer you that choice.

Good luck, and let me know if I can help with anything else! Just don't ask us for help if your computer gets infected by malware. ;)

Warmly, David

Hi Dadsgetndown, I understand your preference to stay on older versions of Firefox, but I still need to tell you about the security risks that choice will expose you to. THere is a very important reason why you should always make sure you're running the latest version of your web browser, regardless of whether that's Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or anything else. Because of the nature of the web and the people that make it up, the web browser is your weakest link on your computer, so choosing to stay on an old version of Firefox is a little like choosing to not lock your car when leaving it at the parking lot: the car is exposed, but of course thiefs may still not notice it and try to break into it. With that said, there is a way to make Firefox stop upgrading automatically. Which version would you like to stay on? Here is a thread that walks you through how to install Firefox 3.6 and permanently lock it down: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/825143. I definitely don't recommend this given the above reasons, but if this is what you want, we offer you that choice. Good luck, and let me know if I can help with anything else! Just don't ask us for help if your computer gets infected by malware. ;) Warmly, David