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Why is Firefox (Mac) launching on startup?

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I am running MacOS 10.7.5. It seems like around the time I upgraded to Firefox 18, it started to launch upon Startup. I have verified that my Preferences Login items does not include Firefox. My general System preferences are set not to restore windows on Startup.

Chosen solution

I spent considerable time Friday and this morning troubleshooting the problem including completely removing Firefox and all associated files; then reinstalling Firefox and adding add-ons one by one. I have found the source of the problem.

I had Bitdefender for Macintosh installed. It has an anti-phishing module. The anti-phishing module installed in Firefox caused it to launch whenever I rebooted because Bitdefender was launched as part of the boot process. If I merely removed the anti-phishing module from Firefox, Firefox would launch wanted me to OK the addition of the anti-phishing module. Once I deleted Bitdefender, Firefox did not launch upon Startup. Why this does not happen with Safari, I do not understand. I will report the problem to Bitdefender technical support.

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Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.6 r602
  • Displays Java applet content, or a placeholder if Java is not installed.
  • The Google Earth Plugin allows you to view 3D imagery and terrain in your web browser.
  • Plugin for Wacom tablets.
  • Garmin Communicator Plug-in Version 4.0.4.0
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Garmin Communicator Plug-in Version 4.0.3.0
  • 5.1.10411.0

Application

  • Firefox 20.0
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.7; rv:20.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/20.0
  • Support URL: http://support.mozilla.org/1/firefox/20.0/Darwin/en-US/

Extensões

  • 1Password 3.9.12 (onepassword@agilebits.com)
  • Adblock Plus 2.2.3 ({d10d0bf8-f5b5-c8b4-a8b2-2b9879e08c5d})
  • Bitdefender Antiphishing 1.0.36 (rblaph@bitdefender.com)
  • Download Statusbar 0.9.10 ({D4DD63FA-01E4-46a7-B6B1-EDAB7D6AD389})
  • Firesizer 1.7 ({04426594-bce6-4705-b811-bcdba2fd9c7b})
  • Garmin Communicator 4.0.4 ({195A3098-0BD5-4e90-AE22-BA1C540AFD1E})
  • Readability 2.4 (readability@readability.com)
  • Saved Password Editor 2.7 (savedpasswordeditor@daniel.dawson)
  • Troubleshooter 1.1a (troubleshooter@mozilla.org)
  • Add to Amazon Wish List Button 1.10 (amznUWL2@amazon.com) (Inactive)
  • HTTPS-Everywhere 3.1.4 (https-everywhere@eff.org) (Inactive)
  • NoScript 2.6.5.9 ({73a6fe31-595d-460b-a920-fcc0f8843232}) (Inactive)

Javascript

  • incrementalGCEnabled: True

Graphics

  • adapterDescription:
  • adapterDeviceID: 0x 393
  • adapterDrivers:
  • adapterRAM:
  • adapterVendorID: 0x10de
  • driverDate:
  • driverVersion:
  • info: {u'AzureContentBackend': u'none', u'AzureCanvasBackend': u'quartz', u'AzureFallbackCanvasBackend': u'none'}
  • numAcceleratedWindows: 1
  • numTotalWindows: 1
  • webglRenderer: NVIDIA Corporation -- NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT OpenGL Engine
  • windowLayerManagerType: OpenGL

Modified Preferences

  • accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar: 0
  • browser.cache.disk.capacity: 358400
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: False
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max: False
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size_cached_value: 358400
  • browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion: 4
  • browser.startup.homepage: file:///Users/dtrippjr/Home/Home.htm
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID: 20130326150557
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone: 20.0
  • browser.tabs.onTop: False
  • dom.disable_open_during_load: False
  • dom.mozApps.used: True
  • dom.w3c_touch_events.expose: False
  • extensions.lastAppVersion: 20.0
  • font.internaluseonly.changed: False
  • gfx.blacklist.webgl.msaa: 4
  • network.cookie.prefsMigrated: True
  • places.database.lastMaintenance: 1365424190
  • places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages: 104858
  • places.history.expiration.transient_optimal_database_size: 167772160
  • plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types: application/pdf
  • privacy.cpd.cache: False
  • privacy.cpd.cookies: False
  • privacy.cpd.formdata: False
  • privacy.cpd.sessions: False
  • privacy.donottrackheader.enabled: True
  • privacy.popups.showBrowserMessage: False
  • privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: True
  • privacy.sanitize.timeSpan: 0
  • security.disable_button.openCertManager: False
  • security.warn_viewing_mixed: False

Misc

  • User JS: No
  • Accessibility: No
cor-el
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Helpful Reply

  • Control-click on the Firefox Dock icon and uncheck 'Open at Login'
  • Click Accounts (in the System row of the System Preferences window)
    • Click the Login Items tab
    • Click on Firefox in the list
    • Click the Minus (-) button

Question owner

I am familar with those. That is what I meant when I said I have verified that my Preferences Login items does not include Firefox. The solution ios not to be found in either of those steps.

I have checked the ~/Library/LaunchAgents foilder and I do not think that any of the 3 files contained therein would cause Firefox to launch; ws.agile.1PasswordAgent.plist, com.google.keystone.agent.plist, com.apple.CSConfigDotMacCert-XXXXXXX-SharedServices.Agent.plist.

I have checked for mozilla files in places that might cause Firefox to launch but have not found any that I think could be the cause.

cor-el
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Did you check the first item?

  • Control-click on the Firefox Dock icon and uncheck 'Open at Login'

Question owner

I checked that the first time I had problems. It was not checked and I have subsequently checked and unchecked it to make sure.

Chosen Solution

I spent considerable time Friday and this morning troubleshooting the problem including completely removing Firefox and all associated files; then reinstalling Firefox and adding add-ons one by one. I have found the source of the problem.

I had Bitdefender for Macintosh installed. It has an anti-phishing module. The anti-phishing module installed in Firefox caused it to launch whenever I rebooted because Bitdefender was launched as part of the boot process. If I merely removed the anti-phishing module from Firefox, Firefox would launch wanted me to OK the addition of the anti-phishing module. Once I deleted Bitdefender, Firefox did not launch upon Startup. Why this does not happen with Safari, I do not understand. I will report the problem to Bitdefender technical support.