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Firefox updates occur without my permission and destroy my work, and I would like them to ask my permission befoe updating.

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I am a priest (Russian Orthodox), and much of my work is counseling by e-mail. For the second time, Firefox's updater summarily stalled my computer and caused extensive e-mail text to be lost. They have isolated themselves from communication with users, so there's no way to ask them to stop doing this and to create a permission function. Does anyone out there work for Mozilla, who can advance a memo? Is there some way I can enable an existing permission function? or do I have to switch to Opera, or somewhere? I really like Firefox, and this is the only issue I've had with them in six years, but it's a critical one. Some of the things I deal with are truly critical matters

Thanks for whatever help you might be able to give me.

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frjames said

. . . and caused extensive e-mail text to be lost.

Where was this stored? How?

frjames said

Does anyone out there work for Mozilla

The people who answer questions here, for the most part, are other Firefox users volunteering their time (like me), not Mozilla employees or Firefox developers.

If you want to leave feedback for Firefox developers, you can go to the Firefox Help menu and select Submit Feedback... or use this link. Your feedback gets collected by a team of people who read it and gather data about the most common issues.

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frjames said

Firefox's updater summarily stalled my computer

How do you completely turn off update checks in Firefox v64? You can use a policies.json file to disable updates for all users. https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates/blob/master/README.md or https://winaero.com/blog/disable-updates-firefox-63-above/

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Part of the update procedure is asking the user if it is OK to install an update. Problems do arise when the user either ignores that prompt or when they wait too long to respond "not now".

Also, when the update is installed unlike older versions of Firefox the update procedure typically does not ask the user to restart Firefox. Firefox for the last year or so is perfectly content to wait until the user is finished using Firefox in the current session, and will wait until the next time that Firefox is used to complete the installation of the update.

Sorry that you are having problems with your PC and/or Firefox updates, but the current status of Firefox getting updated automatically isn't going to change. Better to get used to it or use the policies.json file modification to Firefox as outlined here: https://github.com/mozilla/policy-templates/blob/master/README.md and as mentioned by FredMcD.