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How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

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How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

In your magnificent knowledge you have decided to block 2 add-ons that I have been using for more than 20 years, and I could not figure out how to enable them. Please help ! Thank you.

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Re: How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

If you plan to keep using Firefox 41 and you haven't heard of about:config before, let me spell it out:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste xpi and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the xpinstall.signatures.required preference to switch it from true to false

Then Firefox 41 should then allow unsigned extensions to run.

Hopefully Roboform will be signed within the next few weeks before Firefox 41 is formally released. If you use an older version, then, probably it won't be.

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Re: How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

Firefox 40: Firefox warns about signatures but doesn't enforce them. Firefox 41: Firefox will have a preference that allows signature enforcement to be disabled (xpinstall.signatures.required in about:config). Firefox 42: Release and Beta versions of Firefox 42.0 will not allow unsigned extensions to be installed, with no override

This is only for Extensions. Themes, dictionaries, language packs, and Plugins don't need to be signed.

Since you are Testing the Beta builds of Firefox 41.0 on Beta channel and not the current 40.0.2 Release, you are seeing this change sooner.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Addons/Extension_Signing

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Re: How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

The browser we know as Firefox currently started back in Sept 2002 as Phoenix 0.1. The Mozilla suite started in development back in 1998.

Unless by Addons you mean Plugins which are not installed on system and older versions are added to blocklist when thy are of serious security or stability concerns. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/blocked/

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Re: How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

My Roboform extension has been disabled. Please tell me how to enable it. I entered www.roboform.com to "allow" in the security section, but it didn't help. I can't log in to very many sites since Roboform has gone away, so I'll have to find another browser if I can't get Roboform back. I read your words about the security issue with extensions, add-ons, etc., but I respectfully request you to show me, in detail, how to enable Roboform in Firefox. Thanks Greatly in advance !!

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Re: How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

If you rely upon add-ons like that, don't use a Beta version of Firefox - that's just asking for a conflict as you are experiencing. Many programs like Roboform don't support pre-release versions

Firefox 40: Firefox warns about signatures but doesn't enforce the block.

Firefox 41 (& 42 as if last Friday): Will block - but has an "override" preference that allows signature enforcement to be disabled (xpinstall.signatures.required in about:config).

It may or may not work if you toggle that preference to off / disabled.

Mozilla Support Contributor

Re: How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

If you plan to keep using Firefox 41 and you haven't heard of about:config before, let me spell it out:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste xpi and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the xpinstall.signatures.required preference to switch it from true to false

Then Firefox 41 should then allow unsigned extensions to run.

Hopefully Roboform will be signed within the next few weeks before Firefox 41 is formally released. If you use an older version, then, probably it won't be.

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Re: How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

the-edmeister said

Firefox 41 (& 42 as if last Friday): Will block - but has an "override" preference that allows signature enforcement to be disabled (xpinstall.signatures.required in about:config). It may or may not work if you toggle that preference to off / disabled.

The xpinstall.signatures.required Preference will have no affect with Extensions on Firefox Release and Beta 42.0+

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Re: How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

Actually both James and the-edmeister are wrong... I know this because I had an extension that firefox would block from installing every time i tried but i finally was able to bypass the block and install it. Here's what I did:

1. enter "about:config" (without the quotes) in the url bar. 2. in the search bar, type "xpi" (again without quotes, see attached image). 3. look for two settings, xpinstall.signatures.required and xpinstall.whitelist.required 4. change both of these to false (refer to image) 5. install the previously blocked extension (make sure to allow the installation when the browser prompts).

Oh, and by the way, I'm using firefox 43.0.2 in Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)

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Re: How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

LittleNugget said

Actually both James are wrong...

Actually I was right at the time as the versions this preference was required for has changed around since that time as this was a old thread started back in August.

The preference only currently works in Firefox 43.0 and will not work in Firefox 44.0 and later unless that is changed at short notice.

New User

Re: How do I re-install my Add-Ons that you Blocked?

I updated from Firefox 40.0.3 to 43.0.2 on my laptop (I know, I was slow on doing it because I generally get the reminder when I do not, due to security, have access to the internet).

I have 2 complaints:

1.) "Manage Search Engines" has changed to a drop-down box with VERY small icons. I want the drop-down list back. I've read several postings, mostly old, about this with solutions like "set browser.search.showOneOffButtons" to false. It was already at false and setting to true does not work and resetting to false does not work. Or ditto for "browser.search.isUS" to false .

2.) My Roboform toolbar is now duplicated (yes - 2 of them, and without my background color) at the bottom of the Firefox window. I just want to get rid of it and reclaim the real estate.

PS - Reloading 40.0.3 solves both problems (excluding as supposed security updates.)

Did I miss something.

Was Mozilla bought by Microsoft? They are notorious for screwing up working programs (including their own) via "updates".