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How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

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How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

Firefox "knows" about a number of plugins. By what means can a plugin become known to Firefox and have automated updating?

I could understand (not like) the fact that Microsoft might not be eager to make their products any easier to use with Firefox. But, I would think that Google and Real Networks would.

RealPlayer(tm) HTML5VideoShim Plug-In (32-bit) RealPlayer(tm) HTML5VideoShim Plug-In Unknown plugin Research

WPI Detector 1.1 wpidetector Unknown plugin Research

Windows Live? Photo Gallery NPWLPG Unknown plugin Research

Microsoft Office Live Plug-in for Firefox Office Live Update v1.5 Unknown plugin Research

Dimdim NPRuntime Plugin for Netscape browsers 6.2.0.0 Unknown plugin Research

Google Update Google Update Unknown plugin Research

RealJukebox NS Plugin RealJukebox Netscape Plugin Unknown plugin Research

RealPlayer Version Plugin 6.0.12.732 Unknown plugin Research

Microsoft SharedView Plugin npsharedview Unknown plugin Research

Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator version:0.1.43.3 Unknown plugin Research

Google Talk Plugin Version 1.4.2.0 Unknown plugin Research

ActiveTouch General Plugin Container ActiveTouch General Plugin Container Version 105 Unknown plugin Research

Garmin Communicator Plug-In Garmin Communicator Plug-In 2.9.2.0 Unknown plugin Research

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New Contributor

Re: How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

The post has been here four (4) months.

120 people have this problem.

We can get this kind of support from Google.

Someone on the Firefox effort knows the answer. Please be forthcoming. Thanks.

Support Forum Moderator

Re: How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

Many plugins are located through the registry. This link has some details - http://kb.mozillazine.org/Plugin_scanning

For info questions on this forum are mainly answered by volunteers.

New Contributor

Re: How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

@TonyE - Many thanks for your quick reply.

My question is not about how FF scans to find plugins on the machine to load.

My question is about the plugin update process. Why are so many plugins "Unknown plugin" and the user given a "Research" button?

What would RealNetworks, Inc. do in order to get RealPlayer to be "known" by FF and give the user an easier way to update?

Support Forum Moderator

Re: How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

Are you referring to the Plugin Check page?
https://www-trunk.stage.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/

New Contributor

Re: How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

@the-edmeister - Yes, I am referring to the add-in plugin check page.

Tools > Add-ons > Plugins tab > Find Updates button

Many plugins report "Unknown plugin" and present a "Research" button.

What would RealNetworks, Inc., Google, or Garmin do in order to get their plugins to be "known" by FF and give the user an easier way to update?

Support Forum Moderator

Re: How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

I don't know what they would have to do. AFAIK, that service needs a lot more work, so that it can properly detect more plugins than it does now. Plus it sometimes reports that a plugin needs an update when the user has the last version available for their Operating System. One user mentioned that about QuickTime for W2K, the version he had installed was the last version made for W2K, and the Plugin Check page told him it needed to be updated.

New Contributor

Re: How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

For something that is so often referred to as a security risk, one might think that there were a standardized process for identifying and getting current versions of a plugin onto the machine.

Surely the detection of the current plugin version is not a one-off for each and every plugin. Likewise, I would hope that plugin developers could provide a web service with an interface defined by Mozilla. Wouldn't that help ensure accessibility to plugin versions?

New Contributor

Re: How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

so unless you are a computer whiz there is no fix to get RealPlayer Version Plugin 6.0.12.732 is what I see after reading this mess. Gee if someone could just explain in a manner that us non computer people could use would be nice, but I don't think that will happen anytime soon LOL

New Contributor

Re: How does a plugin become "known" by Firefox?

im a computer cave man...have no idea..i think that firefox blocks the downloads because they are strangers...