Skip to comments.Firefox Auto Update Question and What Happened to Michelle Malkin?
Posted on 03/09/2014 5:31:26 PM PDT by ducttape45
I need to pick someone's brain on a Firefox question and on what happened to Michelle Malkin.
First, I can't keep Firefox from automatically updating. I have tried everything I can find on the Internet about ensuring Firefox doesn't automatically. I have version 24 and 25 and I don't want to update any further, but no matter what I try it still continues to do so.
I've told Firefox not to update under the Tools/Options/Advanced/Update tab. I deleted the Maintenance Service. I've gone into about:config and deleted the update URL. AND NOTHING WORKS!!!!!!
Anyone else out there got any ideas? I want to keep using it but I'm afraid I'll have little choice but to go to another browser. Mozilla is really slitting their collective throats with this.
Secondly, I've noticed that Michelle Malkin doesn't seem to be on Fox News anymore. Usually the email updates I get from her would have links to her appearances on Fox News. Since about last October those links are no longer in email alerts and the Youtube sight for Right Sightings no longer posts anything newer than Oct 2013.
Anyone know what happened to her? Did she go a tick off someone? I wonder if it had anything to do with the sudden hiring of Elizabeth Hasselhoff last year.
Chromium seems to work okay as an alternative
What do you get by preventing updates?
There is a way I used for a while which simply meant keeping a compressed version on hand to use after one of those auto updates.
But as I remember the real fix is deleting some file in Firefox. I do not remember what it was, but I think the fix is posted somewhere on the Firefox site - Troubleshooting perhaps?
What was happening to me with v25 or so was flash vids stopped working.
After the fix all is well and am on v27.01. It can become a security issue unless you keep current.
Read the whole thing, you have to use the url “about” for some things.
Unless you’re smarter than the developers, let it upgrade.
Commentators come and go. Relax.
Dt45 was the one asking :)
I’ve heard that Michelle Malkin knows how to stop Firefox from automatically updating..
The idea of someone else having control over my software is very unnerving. I also just found out that Amazon Kindle for PC software has been replaced with a "cloud viewer." I don't want anything I own in a "cloud" of any sort. So I deleted the software and told Amazon I will no longer order ebooks from them until they change it back.
I'm happy with FF 24 & 25. I don't want to go any further. If they continue to change things I will indeed go to another browser and say goodbye to FF for good.
That doesn’t help me. I’ve read that article many times, and nothing it says to do helps.
If you are running Firefox on a Windows OS based machine ...
Then you should see an orange-ish tab of sorts, near the upper left-hand corner of the Firefox window.
Click on it.
Look around in the resulting pop-down spread ... and find Options ... and click on that.
You should get a pop-out-to-the-side ... and find in that, another Options ... and click on that.
Next, you should be seeing an Options window. In that window, select the Advanced tool-button.
In the Advanced set of tabs that should result ... select Update.
Under Firefox updates, select:
“Never check for updates ...”
I’ve done that, it still updates without my consent......
I heard Michelle Malkin is the original fire fox....but shell deny it if you take her to dinner.
Always gotta be a comedian in the bunch..........
So ... I just woke up from a nap ...?
Hey, watch how you talk about my future wife!
Dude,,,,,,,,,, really? I just ate!
Sorry. That was clicko. :)
Michelle is a Fox.
So what is going on at Fox News, and Firefox, right?
Really, what version of FF are you on?
Exactly which updates are you concerned with ?
Oh, 24 and 25. I see, I’m not there yet.
Lemme look around...
Using the same route to the Update tab ...
Disable “Use a background service to install updates”
That is a feature of the Mozilla Maintenance Service:
I had the same problem.
For some reason, Firefox updated to the new version. I went in and told it not to.
Then I reloaded Firefox 25.
It did it again.
So, I turned UPDATE off again, and reloaded FIREFOX 25.
It did it again, and THEN I REALIZED that each time I installed FIREFOX 25 it was defaulting to AUTO UPDATE.
SO.... I removed FIREFOX, Reloaded version 25 and immediately went into the settings and changed it to NO UPDATE.
It’s been OK since.
I don’t know if your problem is exactly the same, but sometimes it’s the easy stuff we miss.
P.S. Sometimes stuff gets put into SCRIPT files which stay even if you RELOAD FIREFOX. The way to fix them is to go to HELP / TROUBLESHOOTING INFORMATION and click on the RESET FIREFOX button. This will make is just like a first time INSTALL of Firefox and eliminate any ‘junk’ you acquired that may be causing the problem.
< %SystemRoot%\system32\services.msc /s >
Check this BleepingComputer article for background info.
Then--make sure it's coming from Firefox?
I admit I haven't been diligent at that last portion, but I can stave off updating for months at a time, if so desired.
Use the Firefox ESR version. It only tells you to update once in a while (like six months), not every week. It’s the version for “groups who deploy and maintain the desktop environment in large organizations such as schools, governments and businesses...” It’s the version I use, someone on FR pointed it out and I’ll be grateful forever.
In any event, I think you need to reinstall Firefox because it shouldn’t be updating without your consent.
Oh noes! Fox Fired Michelle Malkin?!?
I don’t even have the maintenance service installed, and it still updates!
Every time I reinstall it, I go immediately to the update tab and turn it off, every time, yet it still updates. I've also heard to never click the Help/About Firefox tab because that will also auto update the software.
Now so far I have FF24 running and it hasn't updated, so I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed (that's hard to do!).
I'm half tempted to do that. But I'm afraid of what might happen! Pretty sad huh..... D:
Perhaps Firefox Extended Support Release is what you want.
I did some searching around about your problem and discovered you are not alone. Plenty of others out there complaining about the same thing.
I hope not, but the sudden silence is telling. I’m hoping someone knows what happened.
You’re the 2nd person to suggest that. I’m gonna have to give it a look. Until Mozilla stops this nonsense it might be my only option.
Don’t browsers have to update to remain secure?
Doesn’t Microsoft have to update to remain secure?
Got it downloaded, gonna program it in tomorrow. I’m too tired from fighting with FF to do it tonight. Thanks for your help my friend.
It's the same thing with Microsoft Updates. I don't want Microsoft automatically updating my software. Consider the following:
1). If I allowed them to do that, I'd have a Bing desktop right now with a Bing toolbar in my web browsers. I don't want Bing software on my computer. Using the search engine is as far as I want to go with Bing.
2). I don't have IE11. If allowed Microsoft to install that automatically, I'd have to uninstall it because the Air Force Outlook Web Access Email system doesn't play well with IE11. So I have to stay with IE8 until someone in the government gets their act together and figures out how to make it work.
So as you can see from those two small examples, not all updates are beneficial. Overall, I WANT CONTROL OF MY COMPUTER, not some faceless individual or corporation. It's a choice, a preference.
Did you check out post 25 ?
Having said that, I run Firefox on both my Windoze machines and my Linux boxes and Firefox is the one program I allow to update itself. Here's my reasoning (your mileage may vary). Firefox is the one browser that seems to keep up on its security. OK, supposedly so does MS with their InternetExploiter browser, but there is a difference. When an exploit is discovered in Firefox, they tend to get the 'fix' released rather quickly, like by the next update or interim update. Also if some unexpected strangeness comes from an update, Firefox is really quick to fix or undo the damage.
If you have been paying attention over the years, you will remember that Microsoft has allowed known exploits of IE to remain unpatched for time measured in years. Same with Apple - they ignored exploits because it would ruin their 'only Windows gets viri' meme.. Chrome I hear is ok if you want Google looking at everything you do - I don't. (I have no handle on its security side.)
For the record, I do use the NoScript addon with Firefox. That way NO active content runs on a web page without me knowing it's there. And with NoScript I can block googleanalytics so they can't snoop either (ruins the webpage's hit counter and thus rating with Google, but helps my privacy.. ;-)
Just my opinions and comments for your consideration.
I have been trying to harden an xp computer for back up use, and updating seems to be the major part of security.
What I’m reading is saying that even plenty of security ware can’t be depended on to protect against system flaws, and browser flaws.
I think I know how you feel.
Mongo and his 'puter just pawn in game of life
That's weird. Mozilla tells me I'm running the latest version of Firefox (27.0.1) and I don't have any such orange-ish tab in the upper left hand corner of my browser window. My computer runs Windows 7.
My Options window in FF looks pretty plain compared to the one you posted, and I’m running version 27.0.1 (which Mozilla claims is the latest).
I wonder why that is?
That screenshot is of 27.0.1 running on Mac OS 10.6.8.
Ah...that explains it. Nice graphic rendering. Much nicer than Win 7.
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