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How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

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How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

I have tried all options under tools options advanced update and NONE of them disable automatic updates. Whichever one is selected, at some point Firefox will upgrade without getting user approval, which is complete and utter crap.

I have to maintain an application which must run on Firefox version 3.6, cannot be ported to any later version, and is only used to access the control application.

I'm sick and tired of having to uninstall and reinstall Firefox every time it goes in direct violation of my settings and updates itself automatically. Why even have a setting for this if hte setting is completely ineffectual?

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Re: How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

You can install an older portable Firefox version to access websites that do not work with the current Firefox release.


You can set the app.update.url prefs to an empty string on the about:config page to prevent Firefox from checking for updates.

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Re: How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

You can install an older portable Firefox version to access websites that do not work with the current Firefox release.


You can set the app.update.url prefs to an empty string on the about:config page to prevent Firefox from checking for updates.

New Contributor

Re: How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

Thanks!

Why don't the update settings work as designated?

Site Moderator

Re: How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

You're welcome

I've never had any problems with the update setting in Firefox and I keep a lot of versions installed in case I need to start them in case there is a question about an older Firefox version or just want to check for possible regressions.

Regular Contributor

Re: How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

Some applications (like Sandboxie and Kaspersky Internet Security 2013) are not yet full compatible with FF 16.0.1 Within Sandboxie everything is going tremendously slow, download windows donot show up, Youtube sound is not working. Kaspersky add ons are not yet compatible.

I want to revert to v.15 keep current configuration, but the only thing is that I donot want FF to automatically update, but give notice about an update only.

Is it correct to understand that after re-installing v.15 I need to:

app.update.url delete current contents being:

https://aus3.mozilla.org/update/3/%PRODUCT%/%VERSION%/%BUILD_ID%/%BUILD_TARGET%/%LOCALE%/%CHANNEL%/%...

app.update.url.details delete current contents being http://www.mozilla.com/%LOCALE%/%APP%/releases/

THANKS =

New Contributor

Re: How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

So, even if you choose to not even check for Firefox updates, at some point you will be upgraded. During a browsing session, you will get a popup that states the latest version has been downloaded and will be applied when you restart, and you are given a choice to restart at that time or restart later.

That doesn't sound like the behavior of an option that clearly means FF will not even check for updates.

If it is not the developers' choice to deceive the user by the options provided, then this is a bug and I'm surprised it made it past QA. Perhaps your QA department is not as thorough as it should be...

Regular Contributor

Re: How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

Hm... thanks for the feedback. Maybe at one time in future there will be kind of upgrade/update postpone/reminder option - telling FF to remind the user again after xx days (say upto7 days). A bit similar as tasks-reminder in Outlook.

Anyway, thanks again. =

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Re: How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

ffw62 said - "Maybe at one time in future there will be kind of upgrade/update postpone/reminder option..."

I doubt if that will happen. Mozilla is working on silent updates for Firefox 17 )or 18), where is no notification at all. The update is downloaded and installed while Firefox is running; not even the current "notice" which suggests the update is needed. Then the next time the user launches Firefox the update appears. Basically the opposite of what you sound like you are looking to happen.


brichter1
Exactly which pref did you have set for Firefox not to automatically update? Plus, are you sure that pref is still set as you had it? The last 2 or 3 versions have had a pre-selected pref for Firefox to Automatically install updates, and if you didn't de-select that option in the update dialog box before you restarted Firefox to install the update, that pref you had set was probably toggled on.

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Re: How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

I am very dissatisfied that the new FF automatically updates itself. If this cannot be turned off then you have just lost me as a user. This is the pits considering I have been a user ever since FF replaced NetScape. I do not want this so called feature. That is very arrogant to act like Microsoft in thinking you know better than the end user. FF used to be the way to go because it allowed users to decide for themselves what they want. Your strong arm attitude is NOT acceptable. Period.

New Contributor

Re: How do I stop Firefox from upgrading automatically?

That just happened to me today: it updated even though it's set not to. It IS really annoying that they make useless features like disabling automatic updates that don't disable automatic updates. I guess it's like pushing the elevator button twice. Stuff like this is why I use Chrome more and more.