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Grand Master

Firefox won't open pages that redirect

I found out the other day that Firefox will no longer open pages that redirect to somewhere else. For example, I was trying to open phpMyAdmin through my hostgator account, and it just sort of "hung" there at the page where it said it was being redirected. I have since noticed it does it EVERY time a page needs to redirect to another page. If there is no link saying "click here if the page does not redirect" I just can't get it to work. I have had to resort to using IE for these sites!! I haven't a clue what's happened, as I haven't changed any settings at all.

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

== It started a few days ago for no apparent reason.

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Site Moderator

Re: Firefox won't open pages that redirect

See: Tools > Options > Advanced > General : Accessibility : [ ] "Warn me when web sites try to redirect or reload the page"

See Advanced panel - Accessibility, browsing, network, updates, and other advanced settings in Firefox

See also http://kb.mozillazine.org/accessibility.blockautorefresh

Grand Master

Re: Firefox won't open pages that redirect

Thanks for that! I had already checked there but it never occurred to me to check the box to warn me... simply because I never had to do that before! (Before, it used to just redirect with no prompting). However, at least now I can click on Allow.

Nevertheless, does anyone know why this happened in the first place? I never used to have to allow it, it just DID it without prompting.

Still, at least I no longer have to use IE Smiley Wink

Site Moderator

Re: Firefox won't open pages that redirect

You're welcome.

It may have been changed by an extension (Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) that updated recently. --- I noticed that your plugins list shows an outdated Java plugin with known security and stability risks.

# Next Generation Java Plug-in 1.6.0_17 for Mozilla browsers

Update the Java plugin to the latest version. See http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp#jdk (you need JRE)

Grand Master

Re: Firefox won't open pages that redirect

I have same problem and followed instructions above and the only way a redirection will occur is by ticking the "warn me when a site tries to redirect". Is there any way to fix this issue without having to allow each redirect?

Thanks,

Rick

Site Moderator

Re: Firefox won't open pages that redirect

If that box is un-checked then you do not get a warning and Firefox will redirect automatically without asking for confirmation. That setting is meant as an accessibility feature to avoid confusion for users with disabilities in the location suddenly changes. It is not meant as a security precaution.

See also http://www.w3.org/TR/UAAG10-TECHS/guidelines.html#tech-configure-content-retrieval

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_accessibility http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessible_Rich_Internet_Applications (ARIA)

Grand Master

Re: Firefox won't open pages that redirect

Cor-El:

I did have the "warn me" however with it unchecked it will not redirect to hostgator PhpMyAdmin. The only way it will redirect is by checking the box. I was looking for a way to have it redirect without getting message that allows me to get the redirection.

Thanks,

Rick

Site Moderator

Re: Firefox won't open pages that redirect

Start Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode to check if one of your add-ons is causing your problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Tools > Add-ons > Themes). See Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems and Troubleshoot issues with plugins like Flash or Java to fix common Firefox problems

If it does work in Safe-mode then disable all your extensions and then try to find which is causing it by enabling one at a time until the problem reappears. You can use "Disable all add-ons" on the Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode start window to disable all extensions. You have to close and restart Firefox after each change via "File > Exit" (Mac: "Firefox > Quit"; Linux: "File > Quit")

Grand Master

Re: Firefox won't open pages that redirect

Hi Rick,

I'm the original poster of the question, and like you, if I didn't have the box checked it wouldn't redirect at all (I found out it wasn't just phpMyAdmin, but every other site where it needed to redirect).

So far, I've fixed it by checking the box that allows me to redirect, but haven't fixed it beyond that (although it used to work just fine without clicking anything).

I will also try the fixes recommended to see if I can get it to redirect without clicking "allow".

Fiona

Site Moderator

Re: Firefox won't open pages that redirect

Are you using NoScript?

If you have the NoScript extension then update to the latest version. See also http://noscript.net/changelog