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firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

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firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

Firefox 14 crashes when home page is set to google.com I have always had google.com as the home pages. everything was ok till this morning. as soon as i start the fire fox with Google as home page it crashes. On my other computer it has no problems at all. I can change the default settings to what I have always used but as soon as I change the home page it crashes and forces me to change all my settings to the default before I can use it again. i dont get any crash ID either.

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Re: firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

For anyone experiencing crashes on the Google Homepage, for now it is best to set your home page to something else (like about:home, which also provides a Google Search Box), until these doodle's are gone, or a Firefox fix is released (whichever comes first). We will fix this issue so it doesn't happen again in the future, but the current set of doodles may be gone before then.

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Re: firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

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Re: firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

Possibly it's related to the hurdles game ( http://www.google.com/doodles/hurdles-2012 ) which appeared on Google's homepage today. I get the problem only when FF first starts up and the startpage is set to google.co.uk (https and http both fail) or when starting it up on a blank page and immediately hitting home to go to Google. A few seconds after startup it can be accessed without any problems and the hurdles game appears to work fine

Setting start page to http://www.google.com/doodles/hurdles-2012 also causes the crash

Starting in safe-mode avoids the crash and the page loads fine

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Re: firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

I was having the same problem today and could only log in in Safe Mode. My home page was set to google.com.au. In Safe Mode I changed my home page (to my ISP's), closed down Firefox and restarted it - and it worked. So it appears that the problem has been with something Google has on its home page. Try changing your start-up home page, and hopefully it will work for you as an easy solution.

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Re: firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

I wondered if it was the hurdles game too. If i am really really quick and select one of my quick links as the page flashes I can get in. Also if I right click and choose private browsing it is OK. It is so frustrating though. I am linked to the nz google so I don't think it matters which country you use. Seems to be a compatibility issue with Mozilla and the Google Home Page re the game

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Re: firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

Thanks

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Re: firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

same problem. if home page www.google.com/co.uk whatever its crashing.

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Re: firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

I think it crash if home page is Google and there is settings ”Do not save any history”. Please try that

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Re: firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

I have a dozin of plugins/tweaks and whatnot and (after numerous crashes and Mozilla wanted me to go safe mode) I activated them all again and refitted Mozilla to my own settings, EXCEPT to make Google.com my home page/start-up page. I have no more crashes in normal mode.

All personal settings in security, secrecy and such does not crash Mozilla for me, anyway. Only Google.com as home page.

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Re: firefox 14 crashes when home page is google.com

What worked for me (requires Adblock Plus plug-in):

  • Start firefox in safe mode.
  • Change homepage to default or some other page.
  • Restart firefox to re-enable plug-ins etc.
  • Navigate to google homepage (no crash when firefox already up and running).
  • Right click google doodle and click Adblock Plus: Block image.
  • Reset homepage to google and resart firefox to test.
  • Firefox starts ok and google doodle is gone.

While confirming the block rule you have a number of options. You could block all google doodles and logos with the custom setting to block http or https://www.google.co.uk/logos/*

Workaround complete. Sanity resumes.