Firefox is being updated by another instance
All the family use my PC with their own user accounts. Frequently Firefox goes slow and whenever I check 'About Firefox' I see 'Firefox is being updated by another instance'. This means that I have to log off all other users and then let my Firefox run an update check which, of course, normally just comes back with 'up to date'.
The problems are normally evidenced by Firefox just being very slow and/or only showing parts of the page and those parts changing as and when the page is scrolled.
This is a real problem with Firefox and makes it very unpopular with my family due to its unreliability.
Could not Firefox be set to only do an update check when it can actually complete the check and/or update.
Any advice appreciated.,
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Inside the FireFox options, you can control the updating by enable the setting to do a check for updates but not to download until you say so.
So my theory in this is that since you have multiple accounts that share the computer, they might not all be with the most up to date version of Firefox. In the options of Firefox you can change when Firefox completes an update, and most likely one of the accounts or all have them set to "Automatically install updates (recommended)" and when you see that Firefox is being updated by another instance it is the browser performing an update on another account in which case just let it be for a little to complete, or it may be that the browser is trying to check all of the accounts to see if they are up to date, in this case just mostly avoid hitting the 'about Firefox' button or if you do make sure all other accounts are logged out.
It's an interesting theory. But I am not sure if that is the case.
If you are the first to start Firefox and keep this instance running constantly then you shouldn't get this error, only if Firefox is already running then you get this error and the other instances need to be closed to make it possible to check for updates.