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How do I stop firefox from opening web history on start-up?

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How do I stop firefox from opening web history on start-up?

I have never changed my options, but after I updated firefox it automatically displays the last tab I had opened when I start it up again. I want my homepage to be the default start up page. I did try changing the settings... but no matter what setting it is on ("show my homepage", "show a blank page", "show my windows and tabs from last time" ) it automatically shows my tabs from last time. I am concerned for my privacy and personal security, what should I do?

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Re: How do I stop firefox from opening web history on start-up?

Hello,

The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information.
Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions and some Preferences.

  • Open websites will not be saved in Firefox versions lower than 25.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.

Further information can be found in the Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings article.

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Thank you.

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Re: How do I stop firefox from opening web history on start-up?

You can check if you have an user.js file in the Firefox profile folder that sets the browser.sessionstore.resume_session_once pref to true.

Note that your System Details List shows that you have a user.js file in the profile folder to initialize some prefs on each start of Firefox.

The user.js file is only present if you or other software has created it, so normally it wouldn't be there. you can check its content with a plain text editor if you didn't create this file yourself.

The user.js file is read each time you start Firefox and initializes preferences to the value specified in this file, so preferences set via user.js can only be changed temporarily for the current session.