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Forcing FF to use http protocol instead of it using https

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At work with work with test servers. Sometimes those are using just HTTP, sometimes HTTPS protocol. However, once Firefox sees HTTPS, it does not let to go back to HTTP protocol.

Not sure, why a browser should know better than a user (when typed the whole URL, including HTTP://) to use HTTPS. Also, when the error page ("Unable to connect") comes, there is no option to use HTTP instead.

Why on the address bar, when either Delete key or right-click-delete are used the autofil for that host / domain are not cleared? Why that error page doesn't have a well described (warning the user of the consequences) option to still use HTTP?

At work with work with test servers. Sometimes those are using just HTTP, sometimes HTTPS protocol. However, once Firefox sees HTTPS, it does not let to go back to HTTP protocol. Not sure, why a browser should know better than a user (when typed the whole URL, including HTTP://) to use HTTPS. Also, when the error page ("Unable to connect") comes, there is no option to use HTTP instead. Why on the address bar, when either Delete key or right-click-delete are used the autofil for that host / domain are not cleared? Why that error page doesn't have a well described (warning the user of the consequences) option to still use HTTP?

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You can remove all data stored in Firefox for a specific domain via "Forget About This Site" in the right-click context menu of an history entry ("History -> Show All History" or "View -> Sidebar -> History").

Using "Forget About This Site" will remove all data stored in Firefox for this domain like history and cookies and passwords and exceptions and cache, so be cautious. If you have a password or other data for that domain that you do not want to lose then make sure to backup this data or make a note.

You can't recover from this 'forget' unless you have a backup of involved files.

If you revisit a 'forgotten' website then data for that website will be saved once again.

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Modified by user1395619

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Thank you for those links!

In my settings, I already have "Don’t enable HTTPS-Only Mode" so unfortunately, that is not the whole story.

I have also seen the second post, but that is more like nuking the whole FF rather than removing stored https link for that domain / host.

All / most of the browser, when they connect once to https, they store it as not so much default, but rather the only option for a given domain. I would think that there would be an option similar to removing cookies, where one could reset just one domain. Also, I really think that on that error page, there should be an option to proceed with HTTP only (I really would not mind clicking few "yes, for sure" buttons to get it working).

The fact that other people are asking the same question means that it would really be helpful to add that option. Of course, granted there is not too many people asking for that.

Update: I have also switched to HTTPS-Only mode, as it looks like that offers an option to go with HTTP protocol (if HTTPS is not available), but still no dice. The same error with no potion to use HTTP.

Modified by ff2_support

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You can remove all data stored in Firefox for a specific domain via "Forget About This Site" in the right-click context menu of an history entry ("History -> Show All History" or "View -> Sidebar -> History").

Using "Forget About This Site" will remove all data stored in Firefox for this domain like history and cookies and passwords and exceptions and cache, so be cautious. If you have a password or other data for that domain that you do not want to lose then make sure to backup this data or make a note.

You can't recover from this 'forget' unless you have a backup of involved files.

If you revisit a 'forgotten' website then data for that website will be saved once again.

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@cor-el - Thank you so much!!! Worked like a charm!

It would be nice if you could add this solution to those old posts, as it could save others some headaches.

By the way, this option should really be available from the Privacy section. I was working on a web app that used local storage and had to rather often manually remove that storage, and this is just one click that does all the privacy things in one shot!

Modified by ff2_support

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