|20 Jul 2012||#1|
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Flash Video Replacer Extension for Firefox - no good
I'm not sure this is quite the right place to be posting this. I tried posting feedback to the Firefox Add-ons & Extensions web site but it wouldn't let me sign in. I do intend to try there again but I'm feeling like I should post this here as well.
I've been having a problem where FLV embedded objects refuse to play as embedded objects within the web pages where they reside. You'd think the Flash Plugin would play them but if you look at about: plugins -- not just Tools -> Add-ons -- you'll see that there's nothing listed that handles .FLV. So I searched the Moz web site & found this thing called Flash Video Replacer.
<<I had to stick a space between about: and plugins because if I typed it properly without the space, I got some weird smily. I'm sure there's some way of suppressing that, like doubling the colon or something, but I'm too lazy to go figure it out right now.>>
There's a bunch of glowing reviews on the Moz web site but my experience has been anything but good. Things started off badly when the installation utility for the add-on insisted that I install 2 totally irrelevant additional pieces of software. The installer absolutely refused to proceed unless I agreed to allow them to install. I probably should have taken the hint at that point & quit. But no, I forged ahead, thinking I could just delete the 2 irrelevant bits as soon as I had the extension installed.
The two useless bits are called Rival Gaming and Funmoods. As soon as the Flash Video Replacer install completed, before I even reopened Firefox, I ran Revo Uninstaller to blast those other 2 things away. I thought that would be the end of it. But I later discovered that Spybot, Malwarebytes, and even AVG found objectionable things left on my system even after I ran Revo Uninstaller. I ended up spending a fair bit of time running searches in REGEDIT (man those go slow). I never found anything related to Rival Gaming but I did find a few entries labeled Funmoods and even Funmoo. I just deleted those manually in REGEDIT.
Well, that's kind of beside the issue, which is to get this extension working that would allegedly play embedded .FLV. I kept the extension for a few days and never once came across a site on which it would work. See, it puts a button into the browser toolbar and if you hover the mouse over the button, it tells you whether the extension works on the site you're looking at. Every time I came to something that wouldn't play, their message was they didn't work on this site. When I did come to a site on which it claimed it would work, I didn't need it because whatever Flash thingies were there played fine in Flash itself. So I have removed the extension.
It doesn't solve my problem, though. When I come to one of these .FLV things, I go through this whole rigamarole to watch the thing, assuming I really want to watch it, since this is such a pain in the rear.
1. Hover the mouse over the .FLV. This causes Real Player to pop up a little tool tip style of thingy but it's actually a drop down menu.
2. Invoke the "download this thing" selection off Real Player's menu.
3. After the object has been saved on my hard drive, play it with VLC or whatever your favorite video player may be.
Clearly, since I am able to play the object, I do have software for playing it. My plugins list does show Real Player, VLC, & Flash plugins but not one of them will seamlessly play a .FLV embedded in the browser window. That's a crock.
Everything I've found in my Google searches and my searches here in Seven Forums has been oriented toward downloading & saving these things. Well, I can already do that. That's not what I want to do. And let me warn you away from this Flash Video Replacer extension. Not only does it install unrelated malware on your system but it doesn't work as advertized. If it did live up to its advertizing, it would be exactly what I want. But noooooooooooooooo.....................
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