Skip to comments.Firefox users beware! Stealth upgrade cycle going on!
Posted on 07/19/2012 9:10:55 PM PDT by djf
I have a machine I use rarely with an image of XP that WAS running Firefox 13.whateva...
I booted it earlier, hit the FF icon, and it upgraded to 14.01
I immediately turned off auto updates, and now will have to go into the archives to reinstall 13
If you need older versions of software and browsers, a good site is Oldapps.
1. If Firefox will boot up at all, go to this link (or you can open it in IE):
Read it and disable any add-ons/extensions you have and see if it will work. If it does, you will have to find and disable the offending extension (my problem was with either Adblock Plus or No Script - I didn’t bother to check as it was for a one-time view web page and I used IE).
2. If you have a home page (mine is FR), you might want to have it start with a blank page until you figure out the problem (Tools>Options>General>Startup - blank page).
3. Once you get it running again, go to Tools>Options>Advanced>Update and check the second box (check for updates, but let me decide to install them).
1) Download and install ccleaner
2) Use the program uninstaller to delete FF
3) Run ccleaner to delete temp files and fix registry errors (have it back up your registry first)
5) Maybe run ccleaner again just to make sure garbage gets cleaned up (optional)
6) Run the utility to create a Restore Point (sorry, wish I had the link - it's under System Properties I think)
7) Reinstall FF
Using these steps usually fixes pesky problems. Having worked in the industry since before DOS 1.3, I've seen a growing laziness, lack of skill depth, and cost cutting (outsourcing) that's killing quality and stability.
AVG has a virus loose. Its called AVG Secure Search. I mistakenly downloaded it trying to download FF. search it. People are pissed off with AVG
I have this same issue. What happens is that when you do install an update, FF changes your preference to Automatically update. I have, several times, had to change this back.
I swore that if it happens again I’m going back to Opera. Since IE isn’t and option and Chrome has its own issues.
I pitched AVG a while back. It is, like so much free software (HEY! It’s open source, ain’t that great? /sarcasm/) turned into bloatware.
Using Malwarebytes now and if that bloats up, I cough up the change to get Bitdefender.
Sorry if this is a stupid question... ;-)
Thank you... I’ll give that a try ASAP.