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How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

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How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

I have been using Firefox for some time now. I love the browser. I really really hate this plugin check page that opens every time I open Firefox. It is just annoying.

I updated all the plugins that were vulnerable, but there are some other plugins that it doesn't seem to recognize or whatever, and it asks me to research those. Is this the reason why the plugin check continuously pops up?

I don't know why Mozilla designed this page to be so annoying. I know it's as simple as closing out of it, but it is just buggy to me and a constant reminder that I don't know something about these plugins LOL it drives me crazy...

Please help. Thanks.

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Site Moderator

Re: How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

hello, please Update Firefox to the latest version (that's firefox 18.0.2 at the moment) - this should already fix the problem.

New User

Re: How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

This page reminds me why I left microsux products. If I want to update my plugins etc I will but I do not need to be reminded like an imbecile. I don't need firefox to think or anticipate for me. I want one freakin tab to open when I open firefox and that is MY HOMEPAGE I don't want to have to deal with closing a tab I didnt ask for. so Mozilla firefox HOW DO I STOP IT FROM HAPPENING?? OR DO I LEAVE YOU LIKE MICROSUX????

Mozilla Support Contributor

Re: How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

Hi NCGrandma, which version of Firefox are you running? You can check the current version under Help > About Firefox. This was supposed to have been turned off in Firefox 18, so some time ago.

New User

Re: How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

Never mind, I have left firefox and its bs for chrome. If firefox ever goes back to unobtrusive not thinking for me browser I may retry it but for now I have moved on and I suggest to anyone else having the same problem try google chrome.

New User

Re: How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

oh and btw I was using the latest version of firefox 19 and it was doing this i went back to version 8 it did it too. Just to clarify that I answered that question and didn't refuse help although after many years of using firefox it is too late I am off to google chrome

Site Moderator

Re: How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

if this is happening in firefox 19 then you probably just have to set the right homepage.

How to set the home page

New User

Re: How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

No my homepage was opening along with the plugin check in a second tab. Since all this happened I researched and google chrome requires less hard drive space and less memory than firefox without all the hassles. It also allows me to do private browsing, not accept third party cookies, stop pop ups etc. It is well worth looking into as it runs faster with less hard drive space less memory and less bs its a clean easy to use web browser without a bunch of buttons and bars.

Mozilla Support Contributor

Re: How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

Hi NCGrandma, the problem you have with the plugincheck page opening on its own is extremely rare and doesn't affect most users.

To clarify the above reference to the home page, Firefox allows you to set multiple tabs to open as your home page. The suggestion was to check or update your home page in case the plugincheck page was set as a second home tab.

You are free to use the browser you like best. I'll be curious to hear how you compare Chrome and Firefox after 6 months.

Site Moderator

Re: How to disable plugin check on Firefox? I updated all my plugins but there are some showing as gray "Research?"

You can get a plugin check on startup if you have plugins (Tools > Add-ons > Plugins) that are blocklisted by Mozilla, either because of security vulnerabilities or by causing excessive crashes and thus are disabled.