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typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

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typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

After upgrading Firefox to version 14.0.1 i noticed when i typed in my company's website address that firefox went to the https:// version of the site when it never did that before.

Example, if you type in amazon.com in the URL bar, you briefly see that firefox turns the url to https://www.amazon.com before being auto directed to the normal www.amazon.com site.

My website did not have a secure index page and people were getting a server generated message until I found this issue out.

Is there a setting in Firefox to prevent the URL bar from selecting a secure connection first? This behavior does not occur in the most recent versions of I.E. or Chrome browsers on a desktop.

Any help would be greatly apprecaited

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Re: typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

Following solution worked for me. Just put following in the .htaccess file on your server and put your domain name instead of domain example below:

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Re: typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

Here's what I see with the amazon.com example.

As I start typing amazon.com, Firefox recognizes and autofills amazon.com/ (it has a trailing slash). If I press Enter, it goes to https://www.amazon.com/ and then is redirected to http://www.amazon.com/.

If before pressing Enter I delete the trailing slash, it goes straight to http://www.amazon.com/.

Or if I arrow down to or click on a URL from history, then it goes to that URL.

I never get to https on worldmusic.org; I suspect that is because that URL doesn't exist in my browsing history.


So it seems the new autofill feature might have a preference for https connections when there are both http and https matches. I don't think there is a way to change that aspect of its behavior, so you might prefer to disable it completely.

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the filter box, type or paste autofill and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click browser.urlbar.autoFill to toggle it from true to false.


I noticed someone has filed a bug about this: Bug 769994 – Inline autocomplete selects HTTPS domain against HTTP domain by default. If you register on Bugzilla, you can add a vote to fix it if you like. However, please do not post "me too"-type comments in bugs, since that can discourage developers from staying on the cc list and solving it.

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Re: typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

I'm trying to think of a solution for you on the server side. I think the redirect you currently have is the best workaround for now.

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Re: typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

Following solution worked for me. Just put following in the .htaccess file on your server and put your domain name instead of domain example below:

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Re: typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

That worked thanks so much! Greatly Appreciated...Jeff

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Re: typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

The htaccess mod causes an endless redirect loop , I've had developers fix this issue servers idea https:// $1000 has been spent but FireFox FORCES the https://

I don't care if my Firefox shows https:// Its the thousands of customers that see https:// which renders the website useless to them which i'm concerned about.

in short , the bug needs to be fixed , until then I strongly dislike Firefox and am encouring everyone to avoid it.

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Re: typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

The htaccess mod causes an endless redirect loop

It shouldn't. What is your htaccess code?

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Re: typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

thanks for the suggestion with the .htaccess file. Unfortunately it didn't work for me. I simply entered the code above but no joy.

I'm so surprised that this bug isn't being investigated. I'm about to relaunch a site which did over 14 months ago have https for it's shopping cart. The SSL cert hasn't been installed for the last 12 months (it's not needed anymore, the new site is an online magazine) but this bug means that when the new website goes live on this domain Firefox forces https and so we may lose the all important traffic.

I've used FF for years, I'm beginning to wonder if I should continue to do so.

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Re: typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

Exactly my problem , the default https:// in Firefox prevents all FF browsers from checking out on my web store. This has been a bug for about 2 months now and FF aren't doing a damn thing about it.

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Re: typing in url for my company website sends it to https index page in Firefox, but not IE or Chrome, and the behavoir is not wanted

I've now been forced to tell my users NOT to use FF because of it's BUG.