Showing questions tagged: Show all questions
  • Solved
  • Archived

Considerations when upgrading from V41 or V43

Long time user (15-20 yrs?), I have been avoiding the "next" upgrade for several years for various reasons (hate change, fave add-ons go away, hate change, not broke-don'… (read more)

Long time user (15-20 yrs?), I have been avoiding the "next" upgrade for several years for various reasons (hate change, fave add-ons go away, hate change, not broke-don't fix, hate change...). But I am now running into a few websites that won't permit this browser, so it may be time to move on. With heavy adblocking and tracker-blocking and my benign web browsing habits, I've not been concerned about security (never had a virus in 20 years - knock wood). It's just full functionality and slowness at this point. At this point, I see even my Classic Theme Restorer is no longer available, so I'll just have to bite the bullet on aesthetics and deal with a modern browser. However, a couple of things are unclear:

1. does 20 years of bookmark history (and remembered history) affect memory footprint. I only refer to existing bookmarks occasionally these days and may consider a full purge. Partial purge would probably be too time-consuming. Maybe even a full profile purge might be worthwhile for a true clean slate. Maybe FF has come a long way and old extensions and settings won't be necessary. I also have several about: settings that I may (or may not?) miss.

2. Are automatic updates unavoidable in newer versions? I read about "manual" but it sounded temporary.

3. The permissions on many potential add-ons I've looked at are quite unnerving... e.g many of them require full access to ALL my data (usernames and passwords!!!) and I know the function has no need for such. Who has time to investigate these fully for safety? Is there any anti-malware vetting required for add-ons to be available?

4. I know newer is generally faster, but FF has a history of growing and slowing down after upgrades. My hardware isn't getting any newer (although its more than ample for my current needs), but software tends to be developed on latest and greatest hardware. How does latest FF compare to circa V41 in memory usage?


In any case, I thought I would give the latest vesion a whirl on my old Vista laptop (which is currently at V43) and check it out before plunging in on my W7 work PC or home PC. Any answers or insight into such a big jump are much appreciated.

Asked by Wendy444 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

How do we disable the annoying tab function

I understand that most people are chasing and stuck with the limitations of using I-Pads (Idiot-Pads) with only two thumbs - LOL! However we use multiple displays (som… (read more)

I understand that most people are chasing and stuck with the limitations of using I-Pads (Idiot-Pads) with only two thumbs - LOL! However we use multiple displays (sometimes 2, 4 or 6 simultaneous displays depending on a client's needs) and it is desirable to NOT have the TAB function activated. There is nothing more annoying than to have a tab open every time a download is done or an app wants (immediate!) attention. It was (tab interruption) nice to (tab interruption) have (tab interruption) been able (tab interruption) to have (tab interruption) a new (tab interruption) window open and (tab interruption) to stop all (tab interruption) tabs from opening. Annoying isn't it? The "Tabs Feature" is more annoying than having spam popping up!!! We expect your product to be better than "Explorer" not the same or worst! We generally use Apple (for artistic graphics), Microsoft (for "Windows exclusive" business programs) and Linux (for Internet security) systems on various machines so we get to compare what everybody has created. We never use Linux "Unity" because it is worse than the Apple and Windows Desktops! We are not "Idiot-Pad/Phone" (oops - I-Pad/Phone) users! We are systematically migrating our clients away from Apple and Windows as Linux software improves in functionality and compatibility and provides CHOICES! Thank you

Asked by Polyprogrammer 5 years ago

Answered by cor-el 5 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

how do I permantly add exceptions

i use a wifi connection offered by my landlord that requires a log in process. it includes a Dell firewall. the certificate is considered unsafe by Mozilla. Mozilla allow… (read more)

i use a wifi connection offered by my landlord that requires a log in process. it includes a Dell firewall. the certificate is considered unsafe by Mozilla. Mozilla allows me to add an exception, and the window that comes up has an option to make the exception permanent, but it wont allow me to check the box to make it permanent. it would make things easier if i could make the exception permanent. how do i make this certificate a permanent exception? thank you for your time in this matter, and have a great day!

Asked by Greg juu-st Greg 1 year ago

Answered by McCoy 1 year ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

Firefox keeps searching for updates when new tab opened.

I am running the latest version of Firefox (40.0.3) with ad blocker plus as my only addon. However every time I attempt to open a new tab it take ages to open because Fi… (read more)

I am running the latest version of Firefox (40.0.3) with ad blocker plus as my only addon. However every time I attempt to open a new tab it take ages to open because Firefox is constantly searching for an update. This takes 2-3 minutes every time. Have tried refreshing Firefox, uninstalling and reinstalling without success. My system is Win 8.1 on a i7 Lenovo PC. All worked well until the latest FF upgrade. I have no problems with the same version installed on my laptop. Any help/suggestions would be much apprciated. Thanks.

Asked by briantodd1 5 years ago

Answered by FredMcD 5 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

What will change when I install Firefox ESR?

Hello. I want to install Firefox ESR on top of my current installation, but what will change when I do so? What is different in ESR? See, I have downgraded to FF 40 due … (read more)

Hello. I want to install Firefox ESR on top of my current installation, but what will change when I do so? What is different in ESR?

See, I have downgraded to FF 40 due to extension/add-on problems with FF 42, but I don't want an unsafe/unstable browser. ESR was recommended, but I'm confused about it. Will all my bookmarks, themes, add-ons, etc. remain the same? Is there a different updating schedule, and how does it work? I really need some help here.

Thank you!

Asked by HououMinamino 4 years ago

Answered by the-edmeister 4 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

are firefox account and sync account the same?

I got one of those pop ups, your FF is loading slow, so I said ok, then kicked me into updating sync... I had trouble logging in change my PW twice, and it worked once th… (read more)

I got one of those pop ups, your FF is loading slow, so I said ok, then kicked me into updating sync... I had trouble logging in change my PW twice, and it worked once then not again. Soooo, questions are: 1) are firefox account and sync account the same? 2) do they have different pws? 3) do I log out of them separately or together?

4) how do I tell if I am in new Sync or old. [first time I tried there was no "disconnect" on my sync page]

Once I get accounts and PWs straightened out, I'll be back with more questions.

Sorry to be critical, but I think many of the faq and help pages are close to worthless. They are carrying too many assumptions about what you already know if you ask a question. One solution, ANYTHING mentioned [e.g. sync, account, logon, usename, etc] should have a <learn more> link.

thanks look forward to answer[s] tom

Asked by hallfrogfirefox 5 years ago

Answered by FredMcD 5 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

Firefox 50 wants to install "new helper tool" , what is it?

I downloaded Firefox 50 via the built in update. When I hit restart to install the update, I get a window saying that Firefox wants to install a "new helper tool" and tha… (read more)

I downloaded Firefox 50 via the built in update. When I hit restart to install the update, I get a window saying that Firefox wants to install a "new helper tool" and that I need to enter an admin password to complete the update. I can't find anything about this "helper tool" in the release notes or through a google search. I was wondering just what is it? Running OSX 10.11.16. Thanks.

Asked by PLBK 3 years ago

Answered by James 3 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

How can I override server mime types, to always get mp3/rar/sid/bin files directly to the 'where do you want to save this file' dialog?

I used to be able to click MP3 files, way back when, and Firefox would ask where I wanted to save them. Nowadays it opens a new tab with a flash player. Clicking on 'unk… (read more)

I used to be able to click MP3 files, way back when, and Firefox would ask where I wanted to save them. Nowadays it opens a new tab with a flash player. Clicking on 'unknown' files, like .sid, .prg, .zip, .rar pops up 'This is a BIN file. [Cancel] [Save]'. It does not give me a checkbox for 'always do this'. I would like the option to edit so that some file types, such as PDF, regardless of mimetype, always get opened in a new tab if clicked. Also some file types, based on extension, always go directly to 'Where do you want to save the file?' dialog box, regardless if there's a builtin player or viewer or not. In my Firefox (41.0.1 Ubuntu 14.04LTS 32-bit) I never get the 'do this for these files always' choice anymore. Googling led me to delete my mimeTypes.rdf file, and since then even 'well known' file extensions, like .zip, are treated as BIN files and I get the Cancel-or-Save box for those, too - again without the choice to 'always save BIN files'.

Asked by snout 4 years ago

Answered by cor-el 4 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

Firefox update blocked by firewall

Yesterday I've got a report from one company about Firefox update being blocked by their firewall. Once it's on, the update fails. Turning it off fixes the update problem… (read more)

Yesterday I've got a report from one company about Firefox update being blocked by their firewall. Once it's on, the update fails. Turning it off fixes the update problem, but also open their network, which is not desired. I advised to whitelist domains mentioned in article https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Setting_up_an_update_server (aus2.mozilla.org and download.mozilla.org), but seems it did not help. Firefox update still failed with "Update failed" message. So what servers Firefox needs access to during the update process so they can whitelist them?

EDIT: Just to add, before whitelisting the mentioned domain, Firefox won't be able to even find the update. Now the update if found, but fails when downloading.

Asked by Michal Stanke 4 years ago

Answered by Michal Stanke 4 years ago

  • Locked
  • Archived

How can I get FF MarketPlace for my FF 46.0.1 Windows 7.

I have do not have any mobile devices. But I like the Marketplace and the games. It states if I get to FF 48 it is history. I have FF 46.0.1. After upgrading it from 45… (read more)

I have do not have any mobile devices. But I like the Marketplace and the games. It states if I get to FF 48 it is history. I have FF 46.0.1. After upgrading it from 45, it all stopped working. I tried following the directions. But I am a simple minded person and have problems comprehending this stuff. I spent a week correcting a virus the .5 stuck in the computer

Now I would like to install Marketplace since I do not have auto updates. Can anyone tell me the easiest way.

Asked by RadicalDudette 4 years ago

Last reply by RadicalDudette 4 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

Once again, I'm on a new computer with Windows10. I use Firefox as my primary browser and I want to associate jpeg files with this browser. How?

Hi All, I would like to associate jpeg files with the Firefox Browser but I'm not given this option. I'm only given the options of IE and the other usual ones like Windo… (read more)

Hi All,

I would like to associate jpeg files with the Firefox Browser but I'm not given this option. I'm only given the options of IE and the other usual ones like Windows Photos. I had this problem on another computer several months ago and by "clicking around" was able to finally do what I wanted but I don't remember how I did it. I can use IE if I need to but I want to use Firefox! I'd asked this same question before and went back to the answer given but It wasn't clear to me.

Thanks so much for your help.

Gingerc

Asked by gingerc 4 years ago

Answered by cor-el 4 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

is there a complete list of config entries?

today i created a new profile to FF to start over. i noticed that some config settings i set a few years ago (and kept them with each upgrade) no longer work/exist. FF se… (read more)

today i created a new profile to FF to start over. i noticed that some config settings i set a few years ago (and kept them with each upgrade) no longer work/exist. FF seems to somehow kept them in his "memory" and they working fine. i tried to create them manually but FF doesn't recognize them.

these are the config entries in question: browser.tabs.animate browser.fullscreen.animate

so i want to know if there is a complete list by Mozilla of all config entries so i can take a look.

Asked by pavilion_alex 3 years ago

Answered by cor-el 3 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

I created a Firefox account but when I try to sign in to sync i get a blank grey screen

I can't access it through Options/Sync either. That just gets me a message saying "determining your account status..." which never goes away. I have refreshed FF, checked… (read more)

I can't access it through Options/Sync either. That just gets me a message saying "determining your account status..." which never goes away. I have refreshed FF, checked I am signed in to FF and checked around on Google for any possible solutions but no luck.

Asked by KingMobUK 5 years ago

Answered by cor-el 5 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

What is the support for Silverlight applications? Will the support be stopped after certain versions ? If yes, What are the possible workaround for enabling it?

Please let me the support for Silverlight applications on Mozilla Firefox. Since, Google Chrome has been restricting usage of Silverlight from Chrome v42 with few workaro… (read more)

Please let me the support for Silverlight applications on Mozilla Firefox. Since, Google Chrome has been restricting usage of Silverlight from Chrome v42 with few workaround and completely eliminating the usage after v.45 . I want to if Firefox is also planning anything similar, on the usage of Silverlight plugins and application that support Silverlight. Also, let me know if there is any workaround if the support is stopped.

Thanks in advance !

Asked by raulrnb19 5 years ago

Answered by jscher2000 5 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

make vlc plugin default player for youtube videos

hi is it possible to do so ? i still having high load and memory usage from youtube only videos, i would like to vlc be the default media player in youtube thanks in adva… (read more)

hi is it possible to do so ? i still having high load and memory usage from youtube only videos, i would like to vlc be the default media player in youtube thanks in advance

Asked by Simoorish 4 years ago

Answered by cor-el 4 years ago

  • Locked
  • Archived

Can I copy about:config from a Windoze Vista install to Ubuntu Linux 14.04 install ?

I've been having major problems with cursor control by mouse wheel and keyboard on the Ubuntu install. I've improved it by alterations in about:config, but it's still no… (read more)

I've been having major problems with cursor control by mouse wheel and keyboard on the Ubuntu install. I've improved it by alterations in about:config, but it's still not right.

I have this install on Windoze Vista that works perfectly, through no fault of my own, just as installed.

Can I simply copy the file from the Windows Vista install to the Ubuntu install to fix it?

If so, what is the file name (about:config ?), and where is it located?

Thanks!

Asked by RogerDavis 4 years ago

Last reply by the-edmeister 4 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

Could you tell me the maximum supported version of Firefox in this OS environment?

Hello, I am a developer working on Red Hat Linux R5.10. Could you tell me the maximum supported version of Firefox in this OS environment? The current version of Red Hat … (read more)

Hello, I am a developer working on Red Hat Linux R5.10.

Could you tell me the maximum supported version of Firefox in this OS environment? The current version of Red Hat Linux R5.10 is related to the following environment. gtk2, glib 2.0, pango 1.14

The latest version(66.0.3) of Firefox has requirements below

-GTK + 3.4 or higher
-GLib 2.22 or higher
-Pango 1.22 or higher

This OS does not meet all the requirements.

help please

Asked by namhun 1 year ago

Answered by Meskó Balázs 1 year ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

Disable untrusted connection

Hello, I use firefox for work and use only certain sites and this message is really annoying, especially for intranet sites. So, I really want to know how to totally disa… (read more)

Hello,

I use firefox for work and use only certain sites and this message is really annoying, especially for intranet sites. So, I really want to know how to totally disable this security type of checks.

I already spent to much time and this, I don't want to do debugging or stuff like that, I just want to totally disable any check for "untrusted sites" and yes I am fully aware of the dangers, attacks etc.

And actually I find it quite annoying that Firefox blocks me from accesing something I want. Warnings are OK, but totally blocking me, not even "I understand this, add exception ... bla bla" is not kosher.( the error is sec_error_unknown_issuer)

Thank you.

Asked by Marcel99 5 years ago

Answered by Marcel99 5 years ago

  • Solved
  • Archived

how do I setup for multiple tags on a website ?

If I open one website it will put the name in the tab section and then when I open another item in that website both will appear in the tab line. Another site I try to ap… (read more)

If I open one website it will put the name in the tab section and then when I open another item in that website both will appear in the tab line. Another site I try to apply that setting to won't Thank you

Asked by glennjcristaldi 4 years ago

Answered by FredMcD 4 years ago