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Why does Firefox feed so much data to Google?

A while back, I discovered a Google plugin hidden within Firefox. I figured maybe one thing was fine until I realized that Widevine actually did some bad stuff to your OS… (read more)

A while back, I discovered a Google plugin hidden within Firefox. I figured maybe one thing was fine until I realized that Widevine actually did some bad stuff to your OS, since it needs to access the internal OS to block screenshots and screen recordings. Today, I discovered that geolocation also uses Google servers, and in the process of turning it off I also discovered that there is this "Safe Browsing" that also uses Google. Looking even further, even some of the privacy things redirect to Google. I haven't even mentioned that the default search engine is Google. Even if Google paid you to make them the default, you could create a prompt on the first launch asking for search engine, with Google selected by default but another search engine (like DDG) recommended. All of this Google software is likely sucking on our data.

Now while writing this post, I noticed something even worse. Why are Google servers on the filter whitelists? This is uncool. I understand, maybe your website needs to detect Firefox to function correctly, and antifingerprint would break it. But WHY GOOGLE? All of this seems to be going against the goal of privacy. How are you supposed to expect a random person to go directly to about:add-ons, disable Google Widevine, go to about:preferences, disable safe browsing, go to about:config, enter the "danger" zone confidently, and delete Google from the 10,000 times it appears in the config?

Asked by matthew34 3 weeks ago

Last reply by philipp 7 hours ago

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Firefox crash/froze whenever uploading items

Every time when I upload a file to a website, as soon as i click Browse to find the file, Firefox crashes/froze on OS X. When I use Chrome to do the same thing works fine… (read more)

Every time when I upload a file to a website, as soon as i click Browse to find the file, Firefox crashes/froze on OS X. When I use Chrome to do the same thing works fine. Have entered "about:crashes" on Firefox address bar, have several unreported IDs. Unable to submit the IDs, shown failed when clicked.

Asked by xveipheng 1 day ago

Answered by FredMcD 12 hours ago

Out of memory while using Excel

Hey! I'm using Firefox currently on Mac. I've been using the Office web apps regularly, but a couple of days ago, while trying to edit an excel document, I got an Out of … (read more)

Hey! I'm using Firefox currently on Mac. I've been using the Office web apps regularly, but a couple of days ago, while trying to edit an excel document, I got an Out of Memory error message. I tried to solve it using Memory Diag, but apparently my laptop wasn't out of RAM. I uninstalled and reinstalled Firefox, but the problem is still there.

Anyone knows why this could happen?

Asked by AWoodstock 17 hours ago

Cómo evitar que algunas páginas web se recarguen solas

Hola. ¿Cómo podría evitar que algunas páginas web se recarguen solas? Fundamentalmente noto este problema cuando estoy leyendo algún artículo en un portal de noticias com… (read more)

Hola. ¿Cómo podría evitar que algunas páginas web se recarguen solas?

Fundamentalmente noto este problema cuando estoy leyendo algún artículo en un portal de noticias como clarin.com o lanacion.com.ar. Cada tanto tiempo, la página se recarga y vuelve al inicio del artículo, lo cual es muy incómodo para la lectura. He probado con poner accessibility.blockautorefresh en verdadero, pero no dió resultado. También probé una extensión llamada Stop autorefresh pero tampoco sirvió.

Una solución brutal tal vez sea desconectarme mientras leo, pero haya alguna solución más inteligente. Muchas gracias. Usando Mozilla Firefox 78.0.2

Asked by laureano 23 hours ago

One of my network web pages suddenly won't load on Firefox:

Hi. Can someone please tell me why my personal network site - https://www.myanimatorssketchclub.com - is suddenly not loading on my Firefox browser? It is hosted by Might… (read more)

Hi.

Can someone please tell me why my personal network site - https://www.myanimatorssketchclub.com

- is suddenly not loading on my Firefox browser? It is hosted by Mighty Networks. 

I have not had trouble with it before - for months - and none of my other regularly used sites fail to load. I note too that the same network site loads with no problems on other browser. Even refreshing, restarting or opening in 'Safe Mode" on Firefox does not change things.

I have attached a screen capture to show what I see.

I hope this can be fixed as using Firefox is really important to me and I don't want to have to move to another browser if this proves a permanent thing.

Thanks for your help!

Tony. <:(

Asked by tony135 1 day ago

Last reply by tony135 1 day ago

Site claims third-party cookies blocked but Enhanced Protection is disabled - how to fix?

I have problems with multiple sites that claim that third-party cookies are blocked and do not work even though though the Enhanced Tracking Protection is disabled for t… (read more)

I have problems with multiple sites that claim that third-party cookies are blocked and do not work even though though the Enhanced Tracking Protection is disabled for the site (the shield icon is grey and striked-through). In particular it is teams.microsoft.com and Instapaper (their saving bookmarklet sends me always to a site reading "enable unrestricted third-party cookie access for www.instapaper.com" - though this might be a different issue than Teams).

I have read https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enhanced-tracking-protection-firefox-desktop?redirectslug=enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences&redirectlocale=en-US#w_how-to-tell-when-firefox-is-protecting-you and https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/websites-say-cookies-are-blocked-unblock-them (trying even to "forget" the teams website; not doing the full wipe out of everything).

How to troubleshoot / fix this? I am a technical person so I can dig into it if just somebody points me in the right direction...

Thank you!

Asked by jakubholy.net 1 day ago

Last reply by jakubholy.net 1 day ago

I have to change network settings whenever system proxy settings chage for FF to pick it up - any better way?

In Network settings, I have "Use system proxy settings" but when I change these (after connecting to a VPN), firefox does not pick up the change and I have to manually go… (read more)

In Network settings, I have "Use system proxy settings" but when I change these (after connecting to a VPN), firefox does not pick up the change and I have to manually go to Network changes and switch to a different option and back for FF to pick up the new system proxy settings. Chrome picks up the changes automatically.

Is this a bug? Is there any faster way to achieve this? (For instance some addon that does this with a single click?)

Thank you!

Asked by jakubholy.net 1 day ago

How Do I turn off Firefox Save-Password Question

Although Ask to save logins and passwords for websites is unchecked, I am asked if I want them saved at every site that requires a password. How can I change this? Windo… (read more)

Although Ask to save logins and passwords for websites is unchecked, I am asked if I want them saved at every site that requires a password. How can I change this? Windows 10, on MSI laptop.

Asked by mypho5599 2 days ago

Last reply by cor-el 1 day ago

Lost all Bookmarks and Toolbar this morning

This morning I started Firefox (78) in Windows 10 Pro (10.0.18363) I got a red message saying that something was wrong with my Bookmarks and click here to fix Did that tw… (read more)

This morning I started Firefox (78) in Windows 10 Pro (10.0.18363) I got a red message saying that something was wrong with my Bookmarks and click here to fix Did that twice Tried to do a fix that removed and then reinstalled a couple of files (can't find the fix nor the files location) that didn't work although it did replace the files. Still no bookmarks I am logged into my Firefox and synch is on.

This, nor any of the other FAQ/Help have not worked https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recover-lost-or-missing-bookmarks

I have no restore ability either: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/restore-bookmarks-from-backup-or-move-them

i have no idea what happened thanks for any/all help

Asked by dravafox 1 month ago

Last reply by dravafox 2 days ago

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Several issues since doing a refresh for Firefox to speed up desktop

Several issues since doing a refresh for Firefox to speed up desktop Several issues since doing a refresh for Firefox – email links open in new window instead of tab. Ne… (read more)

Several issues since doing a refresh for Firefox to speed up desktop

Several issues since doing a refresh for Firefox – email links open in new window instead of tab. New window does not have my bookmarks. New window will not move to another open window. Firefox Options does not control my Firefox.

When I open Firefox Options the top line reads “Your browser is being managed by your organization.” That link opens Enterprise Policies DNSOverHTTPS Enabled false Locked true

I still have the “Old Firefox Data” folder on my desktop from the refresh. I question if it would resolve the issues. If I delete Firefox and then re-install it, will I be able to find my many years, long list of bookmarks?

My system shows 78.0.2 (32-bit) Firefox on Windows 10, version 2004 – both latest updates

Asked by Bill 3 weeks ago

Answered by jscher2000 3 days ago

Sync - I cannot for the life of me figure out the parameters of operation

After hooking up four devices to sync through Firefox, I ended up with a mess and a lot of irritation which I have not recovered from. That was six months ago. What I f… (read more)

After hooking up four devices to sync through Firefox, I ended up with a mess and a lot of irritation which I have not recovered from. That was six months ago. What I failed to understand is that there is no control of the direction of sync. I presumed that all would sync from my primary account computer. Wrong and truly a disaster because I had spent hours organizing thousands of bookmarks. An old computer with an old bookmarks setup (very disorganized) added its confused mess back into my attempt on the new computer to finally get organized. I still have not sorted through most of the mess.

So how in the hell does Sync actually and exactly work? Is there any directional flow? Or does it just mash the shared stuff together. How can I delete any bookmark file Sync has at Firefox server with exact knowledge of what I am doing? Why is this stuff so obscure? I exactly want to know how to ensure that Sync has no cache of obsolete material and exactly, if possible, to direct the flow....should I use only share a tab? one at a time?

Thanks, Michael Mandeville, Arizona mwman@q.com

Asked by mwman 6 days ago

Last reply by the-edmeister 3 days ago

firefox reboots by itself, twice

Hi, From two to three weeks ago, every time I open windows, my firefox browser reboots twice. It does not give any error message and when it reboots it goes back to home … (read more)

Hi,

From two to three weeks ago, every time I open windows, my firefox browser reboots twice. It does not give any error message and when it reboots it goes back to home page. I removed all extensions, then I updated the browser and the Graphic Card, in vain!

Any help please

Asked by maher.souilah 4 weeks ago

Last reply by FredMcD 3 days ago