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Considerations when upgrading from V41 or V43

Long time user (15-20 yrs?), I have been avoiding the "next" upgrade for several years for various reasons (hate change, fave add-ons go away, hate change, not broke-don'… (閱讀更多)

Long time user (15-20 yrs?), I have been avoiding the "next" upgrade for several years for various reasons (hate change, fave add-ons go away, hate change, not broke-don't fix, hate change...). But I am now running into a few websites that won't permit this browser, so it may be time to move on. With heavy adblocking and tracker-blocking and my benign web browsing habits, I've not been concerned about security (never had a virus in 20 years - knock wood). It's just full functionality and slowness at this point. At this point, I see even my Classic Theme Restorer is no longer available, so I'll just have to bite the bullet on aesthetics and deal with a modern browser. However, a couple of things are unclear:

1. does 20 years of bookmark history (and remembered history) affect memory footprint. I only refer to existing bookmarks occasionally these days and may consider a full purge. Partial purge would probably be too time-consuming. Maybe even a full profile purge might be worthwhile for a true clean slate. Maybe FF has come a long way and old extensions and settings won't be necessary. I also have several about: settings that I may (or may not?) miss.

2. Are automatic updates unavoidable in newer versions? I read about "manual" but it sounded temporary.

3. The permissions on many potential add-ons I've looked at are quite unnerving... e.g many of them require full access to ALL my data (usernames and passwords!!!) and I know the function has no need for such. Who has time to investigate these fully for safety? Is there any anti-malware vetting required for add-ons to be available?

4. I know newer is generally faster, but FF has a history of growing and slowing down after upgrades. My hardware isn't getting any newer (although its more than ample for my current needs), but software tends to be developed on latest and greatest hardware. How does latest FF compare to circa V41 in memory usage?


In any case, I thought I would give the latest vesion a whirl on my old Vista laptop (which is currently at V43) and check it out before plunging in on my W7 work PC or home PC. Any answers or insight into such a big jump are much appreciated.

Asked by Wendy444 1 年前

Answered by cor-el 1 年前

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Firefox cannot keep track of the fact that it's already up to date

Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.6 Here's the routine with FF on this machine: If FF 68.0.2 is running, after a while I will try to open a new tab and be told "Sorry we need to… (閱讀更多)

Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.6

Here's the routine with FF on this machine: If FF 68.0.2 is running, after a while I will try to open a new tab and be told "Sorry we need to do one small thing to keep going, FF has been updated in the background, Restart FF" I do so. It opens up a new, clean profile in a new window (About FF now says 68.0.1 in this version of FF, and it downloads 68.0.2 and prompts to Restart FF (again)). At which point it runs "a new helper tool" and re-updates FF to 68.0.2. I then have to mess with about:profiles to go back to my profile. Things then run routinely for a few hours or a day, before the whole routine starts over again.

Alternately, if FF 68.0.2 is not running, if I open it (after opening and closing it several times without issue), I will get a message that "You've launched an older version of FF, Create New Profile or Quit". Create New Profile leads me through the routine above.

Versions of the above routine have happened not just between 68.0.2 and 68.0.1, but also between earlier version updates. That is, this has been going on for months. It does seem in the last couple of weeks that the interval of time has shortened and I'm having to do this routine everyday or even multiple times a day. I have no problems like this with FF on any other machine.

I've tried:

Trashing FF and re-dl'ing from Mozilla. No dice. Trashing FF, trashing Library/Cache/Mozilla and Firefox folders. No dice. Trashing FF, trashing Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles (and re-signing in to retrieve my existing bookmarks etc and re-setting up View and other Preferences). No dice.

If anyone has any ideas, I'll be grateful, thanks in advance.

Asked by david.doerksen 9 個月前

Last reply by david.doerksen 6 個月前

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After update to 42, partial Load in memory (task manager) but virus software prevents dependent thread from completing but only 2nd & subsequent loads.

Task manager shows Firefox loaded as a service but has threads waiting to complete. There is no application shown in Task Manager (which seems reasonable as Firefox has n… (閱讀更多)

Task manager shows Firefox loaded as a service but has threads waiting to complete. There is no application shown in Task Manager (which seems reasonable as Firefox has not loaded). There are no error messages. The " microsoft spinning circle " goes for a few seconds and then dissappears as if the program has loaded. Happens only after 2nd & subsequent loads after reboot. Firefox appears to work first time after reboot. This has only happened after upgrade to 42. Clean install makes no difference. Chrome works OK Has worked fine up until update 42. Already tried doing a clean install with the Inform Mozilla box cleared. Perhaps Firefox has started using a port that is blocked by the virus scanner? I get no logging for the virus scanner showing anything blocked. A full virus scan reveals nothing. Operating system is Windows 10 (64 bit)

Asked by berniek 4 年前

Answered by berniek 4 年前

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Cannot play most Flash Video Content under XP, SP3

Hi all - I am using a 10 year old XP SP3 system for some legacy things and running FF 50.x. very nicely. Let's face it, XP's days are past numbered. However, sites like C… (閱讀更多)

Hi all -

I am using a 10 year old XP SP3 system for some legacy things and running FF 50.x. very nicely.

Let's face it, XP's days are past numbered. However, sites like CNET, CNN, etc. will not play the main video content. I've tried many of the articles and attempted fixes on this forum and understand that time is running out.

Is there some program or plug-in that can buy me some extra time or is it just going to be hit or miss? BBC's site works fine. It all depends on the website that is streaming the video.

How can I tell what format the video content is being streamed in?

I thought that Firefox would bring built-in compatibility by translating these new video formats so older systems can play them. Am I incorrect?

CNN Image attached to show example.

Any help appreciated and thanks! :)

Asked by Compumind 3 年前

Last reply by Compumind 3 年前

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Firefox 57.0 is rubbish, doesn't work, has limited support and forces update of 56.0 regardless of settings.

Why is it that no matter what settings I use in Firefox version 57.0 is automatically updated. I don't want 57.0 because I use RoboForm, am happy with the performance, an… (閱讀更多)

Why is it that no matter what settings I use in Firefox version 57.0 is automatically updated. I don't want 57.0 because I use RoboForm, am happy with the performance, and don't want to have to press god knows how many more buttons just because Firefox wants to follow others rather than lead. As you are attempting to look and behave the same as the others, then what is the point in staying with Firefox? I am sick of having to uninstall 57.0 and reinstall 56.0 just because Firefox ignores and apparently overwrites my settings, and decides to ram this downgrade down my throat. I decide what goes on my PC not you! I also decide what add-ins I want to install, only now, as this new format has been rolled out before anyone has a chance to catch up , it will take months for the add-in developers to come up with alternatives, if at all. In the meantime I am stuck with Firefox no longer doing what I want, when I want. Your actions have provided me with proof that you consider yourselves above your customers, which is a diabolical attitude to adopt. As you are going for a copy of other software, I have decided not to stick with your high self regard and ignorance of your customer's needs and go elsewhere, after all you all look and behave the same apparently, so the only marker for me is trust, which apparently you don't require. On behalf of other search engine providers, I thank you for increasing their customer numbers.

Asked by AnnieBody 2 年前

Last reply by AnnieBody 2 年前

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How do I stop automatic downloads? Settings does not do it.

Apart from switching to Chrome, how can I stop automatic downloads? I don't want the latest Firefox. I am happy with 56. Please don't tell me it "contains vulnerabilities… (閱讀更多)

Apart from switching to Chrome, how can I stop automatic downloads? I don't want the latest Firefox. I am happy with 56. Please don't tell me it "contains vulnerabilities and exploits...etc" as so does 59 which you will fix with 60 which will also contain them which you will fix with 61 etc. I hate the latest one because it is so slow - it pauses 5 seconds with each scroll movement. Firefox 56 and Chrome work fine so it's not the computer. I am sick of reloading 56. What about having a proper Do Not Initiate Downloads system? Is it so hard? You are certainly pushing me into Chrome, which I don't like much.

Asked by erussell 2 年前

Last reply by erussell 2 年前

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How can I prevent Firefox upgrading(!) to ver 57 in November 2017?

Many of my legacy Add-ins are invaluable in my text correction work as a volunteeer on the Australian Newspaper site TROVE. I must not allow FF to upggrade to 57. HOW DO … (閱讀更多)

Many of my legacy Add-ins are invaluable in my text correction work as a volunteeer on the Australian Newspaper site TROVE.

I must not allow FF to upggrade to 57.

HOW DO I DO THIS, PLEASE?

Asked by jackh48 2 年前

Answered by jscher2000 2 年前

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Patch for Meltdown / Spectre Vulnerability Planned for Firefox ESR v52.5?

Will a patch for the Meltdown / Spectre vulnerabilities be released for the extended support release Firefox ESR v52.5? I understand that the recent Firefox v57.0.4 patch… (閱讀更多)

Will a patch for the Meltdown / Spectre vulnerabilities be released for the extended support release Firefox ESR v52.5?

I understand that the recent Firefox v57.0.4 patches this vulnerability but the 03-Jan-2018 Mozilla Security Blog entry at https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2018/01/03/mitigations-landing-new-class-timing-attack/ is unclear because it states a patch will be released for "all release channels, starting with 57".


32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox ESR v52.5.3 * Norton Security Premium v22.11.2.7

Asked by lmacri 2 年前

Answered by cor-el 2 年前

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Firefox keeps asking me to restart to update to 49.0.2, but I have already updated

I'm using a Mac (OSX 10.9.5 Mavericks), and just updated to the latest version of Firefox: 49.0.2. However, every time I start Firefox, I get a prompt telling me to rest… (閱讀更多)

I'm using a Mac (OSX 10.9.5 Mavericks), and just updated to the latest version of Firefox: 49.0.2. However, every time I start Firefox, I get a prompt telling me to restart to update to the latest version (which happens to be 49.0.2). Even after clicking the "Restart" button in the prompt, it just restarts then immediately tells me to restart again.

The odd thing is, I have another user account on this machine where that is not happening. That account is using 49.0.2 and does not receive the update prompt.

Asked by symphonic_faith 3 年前

Last reply by FredMcD 3 年前

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Firefox update channel is blocked at some public WiFi Providers. Like McDonalds.

By choosing to champion Privacy, and some Security features, Firefox has ticked off those corporations who believe my online activities should create an additional revenu… (閱讀更多)

By choosing to champion Privacy, and some Security features, Firefox has ticked off those corporations who believe my online activities should create an additional revenue stream for them by providing my online browsing to sell. AKA, many companies want to emulate Google, the information seller,.

Apparently Firefox responds to this by constantly trying to do Updates that are going to fail, which means my use of the Firefox Browser is constantly hanging, sticky and slowed.

Firefox developers need to understand the sequence of events, and not allow users of Firefox to be punished by a slow Firefox, because of Update failures.

This goes back to my other thing. If I log into the basic Firefox website, (They do not block the Firefox opening page, just the download link will not work) I expect to see by the download link the version of the latest Firefox, and its release date, as that is how I orientate how much difficulty I need to go through to get my Firefox updates.

If Firefox is going to support Privacy, Firefox should to expect to be hated, and blocked.

My computer is an Alienware 15 R2, I7, 16 GB RAM. Windows 10 Pro, which is fully updated, as McDS does not block M$ updates. (Microsoft also a company that also appears to have gone over to the dark side, and wants to spy on everything I do.

Asked by crystal-clear 1 年前

Last reply by crystal-clear 1 年前

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Firefox V 41 keeps updating to a newer version and I have auto update disabled

For several reasons, mostly add-on compatibility, I need to use V41 I have gone to the Options area and then to Advanced and have checked "Never check for updates " so it… (閱讀更多)

For several reasons, mostly add-on compatibility, I need to use V41 I have gone to the Options area and then to Advanced and have checked "Never check for updates " so it should NOT automatically update itself. However, it IS updating itself to V43 - and of course some of my Add-ons are not compatible.

Am I missing something??

Any help would be appreciated.

Asked by jestochin 3 年前

Last reply by the-edmeister 3 年前

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Continue to get window stating to Restart Firefox To Update.

After my husband logs in and Firefox starts up, he continues to get window to Restart Firefox To Update. When I click on About Firefox it also indicates that we have to … (閱讀更多)

After my husband logs in and Firefox starts up, he continues to get window to Restart Firefox To Update. When I click on About Firefox it also indicates that we have to Restart Firefox To Update. I have uninstalled and reinstalled Firefox from Mozilla.org 3 times now and this problem continues. Refresh also does not eliminate the problem. Clicking on Firefox in Applications file identifies version as 49.0.2. Operating system is OS X El Capitan 10.11.6

When I log in to Firefox under my user, I do not have any problems.

Asked by granny10 3 年前

Answered by smersh 3 年前

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My computer won't run on firefox 50. I have good luck with 45, but firefox won't leave on my computer even though I asked that I be informed before a change.

I have an xp computer, but the newest version will not operate on my computer. I now have 49 on it . Will firefox leave it there? I have changed the firefox update, but… (閱讀更多)

I have an xp computer, but the newest version will not operate on my computer. I now have 49 on it . Will firefox leave it there? I have changed the firefox update, but that doesn't seen to work, since it would not leave the 45 on there, when I asked that I would be notified before a change.

Asked by corb-170 3 年前

Answered by the-edmeister 3 年前

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FF 38.0.1 will not Exit or New Private Window

UPDATE: Saturday 16 May 2015 Same problems as below now exist on THREE machines -- one Windows 7 64bit desktop, and two laptops Windows 7 64bit, all Win 7 SP1, updated w… (閱讀更多)

UPDATE: Saturday 16 May 2015

Same problems as below now exist on THREE machines -- one Windows 7 64bit desktop, and two laptops Windows 7 64bit, all Win 7 SP1, updated with latest MS Updates.

Updated to Firefox 38.0.1 Windows 7 64bit...previous version of FF was working fine and was meticulously crafted by experienced tech user.

Now, we have two major troubles immediately happened with update to 38.0.1:

1. Will NOT close Firefox (have to use Task manager). Nothing we do within FF closes it

2. Firefox will NOT open New Private Window, only after we located a New Private Window toolbar icon will item #2 work.

Again, this is the fifth straight time after Updating FF that it suddenly creates new and not-seen-before problems.

This is NOT due to Add-Ons, it's not due to Plug-In's... it's due to a sudden new problem(s) introduced by the Updated FF 38.0.1, now on three different machines.

Starting FF in Safe Mode is tacitly useless and time-consuming, and proves nothing, allows nothing to be checked or changed, the problems remain.

When having to use Task Manager to close FF 38.0.1, restarting FF again calls in the Crashed Session Manager and we have to recover from what FF insists is a crashed session.

Why oh why are these new problems suddenly introduced each time we users update ?

Now what's been changed or altered, all without our knowledge, and not mention in ANY of the new FF notes, etc.

EVERY time we update, it's essentially introducing inferior performance and problems in an otherwise finely tuned previously working FF.

Saturday 16 May 2015: Have received no replies, no assistance or ideas from Mozilla troubleshooting or programming staff. There must be many Windows 7 64bit users seeing the same problem(s) ??

Joe

Asked by josephrot 5 年前

Last reply by josephrot 5 年前

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панель закладок

Всем привет. После обновления браузера вкладки не сохраняются на панели закладок: закладки добавляются (рис.11), но после перезапуска браузера панель снова чистая и без д… (閱讀更多)

Всем привет. После обновления браузера вкладки не сохраняются на панели закладок: закладки добавляются (рис.11), но после перезапуска браузера панель снова чистая и без добавленных закладок(рис.12). Как исправить?

Asked by vituk 5 年前

Answered by guigs 5 年前

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Keep Firefox from automatically updating

Already checked a bunch of help articles: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1003777 https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1113663 https://support.mozilla.… (閱讀更多)

Already checked a bunch of help articles:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1003777 https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1113663 https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/install-older-version-of-firefox https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/advanced-panel-settings-in-firefox#w_update-tab https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/what-mozilla-maintenance-service https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1003777

We need to use Firefox 33.0.1 for testing, but every time my tools use Firefox, the next time I find it has upgraded to 45.

In preferences I have set to never update, turned off search engine updates, and in the config page, have made sure the app.update.auto/enabled/silent are all false.

I am running on a Mac 10.11, I have renamed my original latest Firefox installation, and install the oldest in the default path for our tools to detect.

I see the maintenance service only exists for Windows computers, and I do not see any update folders in Firefox's application or Application Support directories.

This update will happen even when I don't restart my computer, or open Firefox manually in between test runs.

Asked by Pysis 4 年前

Last reply by James 3 年前

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Why does Firefox update search paralyze web connectivity?

Running the latest Firefox (51.0.1) in Windows 10. Every time Firefox searches for updates, not only will Firefox not open any web page, neither will Chrome (Firefox is … (閱讀更多)

Running the latest Firefox (51.0.1) in Windows 10. Every time Firefox searches for updates, not only will Firefox not open any web page, neither will Chrome (Firefox is my default). This a new phenomenon since a recent update. Any suggestions?

Thanks.

Asked by ethantb 3 年前

Last reply by ethantb 3 年前